"My mother had four daughters by four different men." This is a line I had repeated many times in my life ...I loved my sisters more than I loved anyone, maybe even more than my mother. They were not just sisters to me, they were extensions of myself. When a late-night car crash shatters everything, Shelby's family is scattered, and each sister is ...Read More"My mother had four daughters by four different men." This is a line I had repeated many times in my life ...I loved my sisters more than I loved anyone, maybe even more than my mother. They were not just sisters to me, they were extensions of myself. When a late-night car crash shatters everything, Shelby's family is scattered, and each sister is sent to live with her respective father. As the girls try to adjust to life without each other, the youngest, Maddie, starts to withdraw from her sisters, and even from herself. Shelby knows she must find a way to reunite her family - but how? Wickedly funny and insistently thought-provoking, Outside Beauty showcases Cynthia Kadohata's unerring ability to explore the bonds that bind.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2008-05-12 Newbery Medalist Kadohata's (Kira-Kira) gifts for creating and containing drama and for careful definition of character prove as powerful as ever in this wise, tender and compelling novel. Although the 12-year-old narrator, Shelby, and her three sisters are as different as their respective fathers (whom they rarely see), they remain devoted to one another and to their stunningly beautiful Japanese-American mother, who uses her looks to collect men the same way she collects pieces of jewelry (and for much the same purpose). When their mother is critically injured--and disfigured--in a car crash, the girls are dispersed from their Chicago apartment to the care of the four fathers. At first Shelby's father, a Japanese-born gum manufacturer in rural Arkansas, reminds her of "one of those nearsighted Japanese men with cameras who moved in clusters throughout Chicago tourist attractions." But when one of the fathers appears to be mistreating a sister and Shelby tries to plan a way for all four to reunite, she begins to appreciate her father's kindness and generosity, and to find beauty in unexpected places. Her growing insight into the difference between beauty and perfection accompanies steady revelations about families and love. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.