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Gina Willner-Pardo

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PRETTIEST DOLL is my novel about thirteen-year-old Liv Tatum, who lives in Missouri and hates competing in beauty pageants, even though she always wins. When she meets fifteen-year-old Danny Jacobson, who's on the run with problems of his own, they embark on a journey that will allow her to discover what true beauty really is.

I think the readers—both girls and boys—who will enjoy PRETTIEST DOLL are those who are curious about how real kids confront and solve their problems. You don't have to be a beauty queen to identify with Liv's sense of being trapped, or with her frustration with a mother who refuses to see who she really is.

Enter to win a signed copy of PRETTIEST DOLL by e-mailing me at my website, I've got ten copies to give away! I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Gina Pardo

"Willner-Pardo deftly captures the complexity of adolescence as these resilient teens endeavor to define their identities and establish control over their lives." - Kirkus Reviews

Prettiest Doll / Gina Willner-Pardo / Clarion Books

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0547681702 / Published: November, 2012

Ages 8-13 / Middle grade fiction

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