Face Value by Catherine Johnson

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Two lifetimes. Two rising stars. One common danger.

As a daughter starts her rise in the glamorous London fashion scene, she begins to uncover secrets and clues about the mother she never knew -- a beautiful teenage model who became a victim in the high stakes, high pressure world where international fashionistas and mobsters intersect.

The fast cars, flashy parties, and easy money can be so enticing. But in a world where everybody is taken at face value, there is always a high price to pay for such fleeting fame.

 

About Catherine Johnson

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CATHERINE JOHNSON was brought up in North London by her Welsh mother and Jamaican father. She says that growing up mixed race in London has shaped a lot of her writing. She has two children and lives in London Fields, England. This is her first book published in the United States.
 
Published May 5, 2005 by Oxford University Press. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Chapters of “Lauren Now” alternate with chapters of “Nessa Then,” as teenage Nessa—lonely and glum—makes friends with glamorous Paula, a teen with model potential stuck prostituting for a gangster.

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