"The main character goes on a journey to find her mom, but in the end discovers how she fits into her family, friends, and world. Overcoming obstacles; whether self-doubt, plot events, mental illness, unwanted sexual encounters, or a variety of other issues, the main character prevails."
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
"This book is well written. It will appeal to 5th and 6th graders, and middle schoolers. The content grabbed me from the beginning and carried me until the end. It's a coming of age novel that deals with realistic obstacles that girls may face during their teen years."
"This is an entertaining, funny, and well-written story. The characters are well-developed, the dialogue is smart and authentic, and the author does a great job of providing clues along the way to help the reader piece together the mystery. Recommended for YA fans and teen students."
"This was a first person point of view told from the perspective of a teenage Chinese-American girl in the Old West. It was interesting to hear the point of view of an Asian character and what she knew of Chinese beliefs as taught to her by her father."