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The Land of Forgotten Girls: 07/26/16
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly is set in New Orleans. Sol and Ming, young Filipinas, live with their stepmother, after being abandoned by their father. Originally they lived with their mother and sister until their tragic deaths five years ago.
Sol, the eldest, wishes to make a better life for herself and her sister. She works with the stories their mother told and crafts her own as she slowly but surely manages to make friends.
The story of Sol and Ming is a rather quiet one. It's told through a collection of episodes. Sol befriends a girl after accidentally beaning her in the head with a pinecone. There's the Beast who guards the junkyard. The is the elderly Chinese lady who lives upstairs who understands English but choses not to speak it.
In a way it reminds me of a tween version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sol and Ming, though, have no one coming for them.