I read both of these books for my Materials for Youth class. Last week we read and discussed realistic fiction for children and this week we are focusing on realistic fiction for young adults.
I randomly picked these two books from a list of suggested titles, but I think they actually share a lot of similarities. Both tell the story of a young girl who goes on a journey in order to learn about her family's past. Both girls have a quirky habit of making lists in a notebook of things that they know about their parents. Both girls grow in confidence and learn to accept who they are and where they came from. These are two books that you should definitely check out!