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New York : Dell, 1989.
IL YA RL 6.5
contrast between a country girl with some depth of character and a city
girl with beauty and a nagging mom. Verna, a bus student, is apprehensive
about making city friends but she does become part of a group that includes
a girl who's mom enters her into the Miss Hybrid Seed Contest. She wins
a trip to New York City and Verna is asked to accompany her and eventually
stars as she stumps the panel on a tv show. Verna seems to grow in the
book, gaining confidence to explore New York City and meet a boy set up
by the agency. Darleen seems to come to terms with her wishes not being
the same as her mom's. There is enough detail about pageant life to make
someone think again before being trapped by the romantic side.
Beauty contests -- Fiction
Family life -- Fiction
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