North of Beautiful

North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-02-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0316040789

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As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face? It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper. She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path? Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

North of Beautiful

North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2014-05-21
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION
ISBN: 9780316143882

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From the author of "Nothing But the Truth" comes a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the true meaning of beauty.

Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North
Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2010-06-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780316025263

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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

Return to Me

Return to Me
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-01-15
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0316202010

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Rebecca Muir is weeks away from starting college-at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! Then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast. If that isn't enough to deal with, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?

Girl Overboard

Girl Overboard
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 261
Release: 2008-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 031602838X

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Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire: a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend's girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called boyfriend is only after her for her father's name. When her broken heart results in a snowboarding accident that exiles her from the mountains-the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has-can Syrah rehab both her busted-up knee, and her broken heart? Justina Chen Headley writes with an engaging wit and a powerful, distinct voice. Her first novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) was a Border's Original Voices nominee, a Book Sense pick, and received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly: "Headley makes an impressive debut with this witty, intimate novel."

Into the Beautiful North

Into the Beautiful North
Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
Publisher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-05-19
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780316053402

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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 307
Release: 2018-07-31
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 1338134078

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“In this moving, empowering book,” a high school senior navigates new love after she is diagnosed with photosensitivity, an illness that changes her life (Booklist). When Viola Li returns from a trip, she develops a sudden and extreme case of photosensitivity—an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. Thanks to her crisis-manager parents, she doesn’t just have to wear layers of clothes and spaceship-sized hat. She has to avoid all hint of light. Say goodbye to windows and running outdoors. Even her phone becomes a threat. Viola is determined to maintain a normal life, particularly after she meets Josh. He’s a funny, talented Thor look-alike with his own mysterious grief. But their romance makes her take more risks, and when a rebellion against her parents backfires dangerously, she must find her way to a life—and love—as deep and lovely as her dreams. “A luminous read that will rekindle your faith in the indomitable human spirit.” —Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook “An inspiring, romantic novel full of redemption and hope.” —Mitali Perkins, author of You Bring the Distant Near “Fresh, often funny . . . Readers won’t be able to help but root for Viola in this moving, empowering book about a teen recalculating her well-laid plans, all in a vivid voice.” —Booklist, starred review “Chen provides glimmers of hope as she reveals Viola’s battle to reclaim a form of normalcy.” —Publishers Weekly “A strong exploration of resilience in the face of life unpredictable.” —Kirkus Reviews

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2006
Genre: Mothers and daughters
ISBN: 9780316011280

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DESCRIPTION: Hapa (Half Asian and half white) Patty Ho has never felt completely at home in her skin. Life at House Ho is tough enough between her ultra-strict Taiwanese mom (epic-length lectures and all) and her Harvard-bound big brother. But things get worse when a Chinese fortuneteller channels Patty's future via her bellybutton...and divines a white guy on her horizon. Her mom then freaks out and ships her off to math camp at Stanford. Just as Patty writes off her summer of woe, life starts glimmering with all kinds of probabilities. Written with the perfect balance of humor, poignancy, and sharp wit, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (and a few white lies) is the debut of a bright new talent.

Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-10-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0316231835

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Half Asian and half white, Patty Ho has never felt completely home in her skin. When a Chinese fortuneteller foresees a white guy on Patty's horizon, things go from bad to worse in this novel by acclaimed author Justina Chen.

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea
Author: Christopher Norment
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2014-09-29
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1469618672

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Along a tiny spring in a narrow canyon near Death Valley, seemingly against all odds, an Inyo Mountain slender salamander makes its home. "The desert," writes conservation biologist Christopher Norment, "is defined by the absence of water, and yet in the desert there is water enough, if you live properly." Relicts of a Beautiful Sea explores the existence of rare, unexpected, and sublime desert creatures such as the black toad and four pupfishes unique to the desert West. All are anomalies: amphibians and fish, dependent upon aquatic habitats, yet living in one of the driest places on earth, where precipitation averages less than four inches per year. In this climate of extremes, beset by conflicts over water rights, each species illustrates the work of natural selection and the importance of conservation. This is also a story of persistence--for as much as ten million years--amid the changing landscape of western North America. By telling the story of these creatures, Norment illustrates the beauty of evolution and explores ethical and practical issues of conservation: what is a four-inch-long salamander worth, hidden away in the heat-blasted canyons of the Inyo Mountains, and what would the cost of its extinction be? What is any lonely and besieged species worth, and why should we care?