|This quick but thought-provoking novel is from the library's "J" collection downstairs. 13-year-old Olivia has been doing beauty pageants since she was very little. Her dad is dead and her mom works two jobs to pay for Olivia's dresses, pageant coaches, entrance fees, and so on. They live in a tiny town in southern Missouri. Olivia is not sure she wants to continue doing pageants but she doesn't see how she would ever stop without her mom having a fit. I put this in the "travel" category because one day Olivia meets a boy who ran away from his home in Texas rather than take the shots that his mom wants him to take to make him grow taller. Together, he and Olivia decide to run away to Chicago.