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Starfish

Title

Starfish

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781481487726

Pages

343 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Kiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Family violence; Bicultural; Biracial; single mother; abusive mother; abusive uncle; emotional abuse; sexual abuse; bicultural teenager; cultural heritage; biracial teenager

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese American / White

Family Formation

single mother; uncle

LGBTQ+

none

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
William C. Morris Award, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult

Keywords

college plans; family; self-discovery; romance; art; California; roadtrip; travel

Diversity Impact

direct

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