Look InsideA Work of Art book cover Named a best book of 2015 by YA Books Central; winner of the 2016 Hoffer Award for best fiction
Seventeen-year-old Tera Waters can’t wait to attend a prestigious art school in France to prove to her artist father, and herself, that she can make something of herself. But when police raid her home and arrest her dad for a horrible crime, Tera gives up the money she saved for art school to hire a decent lawyer for her dad. With her world crumbling around her, Tera sets out to prove her father is innocent–only to discover she might have been one of his victims. From Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]: “Maysonet’s … prose is unflinching as it illuminates one girl’s traumatic experience with deeply felt compassion and brutal honesty… An important book about endings, beginnings and the choice to move on.”
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