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Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. 329 p. Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House Children's Books, February, 2013. 9780375968365.
Publisher synopsis: Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face—though her beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.
First Line: The way I got the diamond on my face happened like this.
Page 56: As soon as I enter the woods and start climbing, I am running through cement. My lungs are two sloshing buckets of water. When I reach the stone wall I inch myself up and over and then flop onto my side, I am so out of breath. Peabody lies down beside me and whines. I watch a beetle and a butterfly, and feel just like Cordelia.
I've read some nice reviews of this book and it was on my tbr list but I'm reading it right now at the request of a parent.