Written by Marina Budhos
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frapps and complaining about the other kids. But there’s one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for. That difference grows even bigger and more painful when Jaya’s mother is accused of theft and Jaya’s small, fragile world collapses. When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three girls are tested, as outsiders and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.
Primary ISBN: 9781416903529
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 12 or older
Setting: United States (New York)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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