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Finding a friend isn't easy.

Especially when there aren't many kids age eleven in your neighborhood. Being a friend is even harder. In Pearl's neighborhood Lenore is everyone's friend of choice. She has her hair straightened and curled at a real beauty shop, her own pink phone, and a canopy bed. The most Pearl hopes for is to be included as one of Lenore's followers.

Then outcast Artemesia comes into Pearl's life. Artemesia is everything Pearl dreams of being -- a dancer and an artist. But then Lenore makes it clear she can't stand Artemesia, Pearl does the worst thing possible.

And she still hasn't got a friend.

Or has she?

"Moving and memorable."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sensitive, realistic."
-- Kirkus Reviews

-- School Library Journal

  • Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Junior Title