The Likes of Me by Randall Platt

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Cordelia Lu Hankins is half Caucasian, half Chinese—and all albino. She's grown up isolated from the world, with her cold father and a giant stepmother named Babe (after Paul Bunyan's blue ox) in a remote lumber town in the Pacific Northwest. But in the summer of 1918, when she is 14, she meets the dashing Squirl. Squirl is charming, easygoing, and good-looking, and Cordy falls desperately in love with him. Her father forbids Cordy to go near Squirl—which only makes him more attractive. One day they meet on the mountain and Cordy receives her first kiss, as well as a wild ride down a log flume that gets Squirl fired.

Determined to follow Squirl, Cordy runs away and begins an exciting adventure that takes her to the sideshows of Seattle's Luna Park, where her unusual looks bring her fame. But her journey also brings tragedy, in this entertaining and thought-provoking coming-of-age novel.

About Randall Platt

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Randall Beth Platt has written several novels for adults, as well as Honor Bright for young adults.
Published February 8, 2000 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PW called this tale about a 14-year-old half-Caucasian, half-Chinese albino girl living in a Washington lumber camp in 1918, "a satisfying story of self-acceptance."

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Cordy's plucky transformation is convincing, and while readers may not be surprised to discover Babe's past, they will likely cheer when Cordy intercedes before Squirl can exploit Babe's secret for reward money.

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When Cordy meets up once again with Squirl, who knows what will happen next: Will Squirl take advantage of Cordy, or will he protect her?

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