By D. Anne Love
Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9780689856389, 293pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
While Opal soon becomes one of the most popular girls in school, her younger sister struggles. For Garnet, getting used to her new life means trying to figure out how to have pride in herself when it seems she has little to offer the world and the odds are stacked against her. With only each other to lean on, Melanie's "precious gems" must learn to live with the hand they've been dealt and to accept the changing face of their family.
Set in the early 1960s and beautifully told by D. Anne Love, Semiprecious is a powerful, poignant, and often funny coming-of-age novel that will stay with readers long after the turn of the final page.
"Charming and insightful, Semiprecious is a book young girls will treasure." -- Rachel Cohn, author of Shrimp, Pop Princess, The Steps, and Gingerbread
"In D. Anne Love's Semiprecious, Garnet Hubbard speaks in a voice so strong and true I could have listened to her forever. She's tough and vulnerable, funny and furious as a hornet's nest. Truth is, like anyone I've ever met from Texas, Garnet's just plain hard not to like." -- Frances O'Roark Dowell, author of Where I'd Like to Be, The Secret Language of Girls, Dovey Coe, and Chicken Boy