Like Vanessa

Like Vanessa

by Tami Charles

Thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin watches as the first black Miss America is crowned. It’s 1983 in Newark, New Jersey, and Vanessa’s life 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.


Ages: 10-Up
ISBN: 9781580898997
Price: $8.99
Published by: Charlesbridge

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