February 09 (Little Brown)
This gorgeous novel has already earned a Publisher's Weekly starred review, and I expect that's just the beginning of the praise it's bound to receive. It's rare to find such a perfectly balanced novel. Award-winning author, Justina Chen Headley writes with wry humor and unfailing honesty. Terra feels set apart by her troubled family, and the prominent port-wine stain birthmark on her right cheek. She is lost in a family of mapmakers and can't see a way out. Enter Jacob, a Goth guy who sees Terra's hidden beauty, and challenges her to move beyond her old confining self-image. Leaving their small town behind, Terra and her mother adventure with Jacob's family in China. On this unforgetable journey with Jacob Terra slowly learns to find her way out of her life-long isolation. This book is a treasury of laughter and tears that leads unfailingly to the heart.