About Face by June Rae Wood

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Glory doesn't have much to be cheerful about--she lives in a big, shabby house inhabited mostly by old people, and has a birthmark that has earned her the nickname Clot Face. What she needs is a friend, and when the carnival comes to town and she meets Marvalene, it seems she may have found one. Marvalene's tired of the unsettled existence of a "carnie," and she thinks that if she can convince Glory she's psychic by seeming to read her mind, maybe she'll be invited into Glory's life. But faking psychic powers isn't so easy, and when Marvalene pries too far into the mystery of Glory's mother, it looks as though the friendship may be doomed.

"Wood displays a prodigious writing and storytelling talent."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) for The Man Who Loved Clowns

"Wood's prose is strong and flowing."--School Library Journal (starred review) for The Man Who Loved Clowns

About June Rae Wood

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Published September 13, 1999 by Putnam Juvenile. 265 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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In the course of this colorfully written novel, Glory finds out that if she sees herself “as imperfect, other people will, too,” and Marvalene comes to learn that she’s a true carnival “firefly,” a person who “only shine(s) while on the wing.” Peopled with a quirky mix of improbable characters an...

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Alternating the points of view of shy, small-town Glory and outspoken Marvalene, Wood (When Pigs Fly) writes a poignant story about friendship and discontent.

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