Big Girl by Danielle Steel
Victoria feels as if she does not belong in her family because of her size, life choices, and ambitions, and is often referred to as the “tester cake” by her father. Her younger sister is the perfect child that everyone loves and adores and Victoria cannot help but feel neglected and emotionally abused. Victoria is faced with accepting herself, whether big or not, and discovers herself and the true beauty that she holds physically and in her heart.
Recommended by Dina
In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
“Orange is the New Black” star Diane Guerrero give a first hand account of what it is like to be the child left behind when a parent is deported. Honest and real, Ms. Guerrero gives life to the everyday struggles that many members of our population face. How do you continue to go to school? Where will you stay? How will you remain a family when your only connection is a phone line? An interesting read that will give insight into one of today’s hottest topics.
Recommended by Jozina
Orphan Train by Christina Baker-Kline
From 1854 to 1929, ‘orphan trains’ ran frequently from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children who could be adopted by a loving family, or they could just as likely face a hard childhood of abuse and hard work. This happened to Vivian Daly, who was sent as a child from New York City. Vivian is reminded of her childhood when seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer comes to help Vivian, now an elderly widow, cleaning out her crowded attic for community service. An unexpected friendship develops between the two women. The story goes back and forth from depression-era America to modern day.
Recommended by Sara
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder works as a mechanic in New Beijing, fixing droids, net screens…and her own cyborg implants. An accident she can’t remember as a child left her with a mechanical foot, hand, and brain, which makes her an outcast amongst a community struck by plague. However, her mechanical skills are unparalleled, and she draws the attention of Prince Kai, who needs his droid repaired as “a matter of national security.” In this futuristic retelling of “Cinderella,” the stakes of missing the ball are much higher than winning a prince’s heart. Humanity’s future rests in the hands of a teenage cyborg.
Recommended by Sarah