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Stella: On The Edge Of Popularity
by Lauren Lee
Stella, a Korean American pre-teen, is caught between two cultures. At home, where her brothers get special treatment just because they're boys, Grandmother insists that Stella be a good Korean girl, but at school, Stella is American, aching to be popular and fit in. Can she balance family expectations, cultural values and peer pressure . . . and still be herself? A ...more
Published by Polychrome Publishing Corporation
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From jacket: "Seventh grade is rough on Stella Kim. Eileen Englehart has a (corps of new popular friends), so Stella barely fits in with the popular girls at school. Her father has quit engineering to open a dry-cleaning store with her mom...Grandmother expects Stella to act Korean...Smart-aleck Rachel, her backup friend, tells Stella to stand up for herself. On the edge of popularity, Stella wonders whether to risk everything and do just that." Several awkwardly written passages.