North of Beautiful
By: Justina Chen Headley
Summary of the Book
One day while Terra was at school they had a guest speaker, Terra forgot about her birthmark and rubbed her cheek a little. The guest speaker asked if Terra could stay after class so she could talk to her. Terra was reluctant but she stayed. The guest told Terra that she had a sister that was born with the same kind of birthmark Terra had and told her about a new surgery that helped get rid of her sisters birthmark.
Now Terra is faced with choosing to get the surgery or not, despite what others think Terra realizes that she needs to make decisions for herself and not others.
On her journey Terra meets a boy named Jacob in an unthinkable way and as their friendship grows their mothers become really good friends. One day they all decide to go on a trip to China to go see the orphanage that Jacob is from and to visit one of Terra's brothers that is there for work. While in China Terra and her mother restore faith and beauty inside themselves, and come home with a new look on self confidence.