Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, by reluctantly entering the school beauty pageant. The history behind Vanessa Williams’s Miss America win.
JLG Release: Mar 2018
Awards & Honors
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019
BooklistTop 10 Books of 2018, Historical Fiction for Youth
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.9; Points: 10;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 15;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Child Abuse
African American girls, Newark, New Jersey, Beauty contests, Dysfunctional families, Urban schools, Self-confidence, The 1980s, Family problems, Family life,