Like Vanessa

Tami Charles (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897778

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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. 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 a 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.

Reading Level
Lexile
730L
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
Z
ATOS
4.7
DRA
40
Categories
Genre
Chapter Books Cultural/Diversity People & Places
Interest Age
Ages 9-12 Ages 13+
Grade
5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Subject
Language Arts
Language
English (US)
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Fiction
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