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Like Vanessa

ISBN-10: 1580898998
ISBN-13: 9781580898997
Author: Charles, Tami
Illustrated by: Brantley-Newton, Vanessa
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

Publication Date: March 2019

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 304

Series: Like Vanessa


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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z+
Lexile: 730L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points: 10.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / General

Description
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 her own beauty pageant. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with an incarcerated mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
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