1 sound media player (7 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
digital non-volatile flash memory rda
audio file rda
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated media audio player.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Title from container.
Narrated by Channie Waites.
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.