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Slant (Paperback)Laura E. Williams (author)
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 16/10/2008
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Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a Korean American adoptee, is best friends with the prettiest and tallest girl in the school, Julie, who has an endless amount of confidence. Lauren, on the other hand, has been saving for years to pay for a special eye surgery that will deepen the crease of her eyelids. It's not that she wants to look like everyone else in her suburban Connecticut school; she'd just be happy if kids stopped calling her "slant" and "gook." Up until now she's been able to ignore the insults, but when the cutest boy in her class calls her "slant," she realizes she needs to do something about her "nickname." When she convinces her reluctant father to consent to the eye operation, Lauren suddenly finds herself faced with a challenge: should she get the operation that might make her more confident and popular, or can she find that confidence within herself? Laura Williams' sensitive, beautifully written story offers a powerful lesson to young readers whose self-esteem depends too much on how they look.
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 13 mm
"Slant reaches deep into the identity issues and struggles of a middle-school girl, whose complex life is both magnified and clarified within its pages. This book is accessible and has a positive message for young readers who may be dealing with similar challenges."
-- International Examiner
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