Finding a friend isnt easy.
Especially when there arent many kids age eleven in your neighborhood. Being a friend is even harder. In Pearls neighborhood Lenore is everyones friend of choice. She has her hair straightened and curled at a real beauty shop, her own pink phone, and a canopy bed. The most Pearl hopes for is to be included as one of Lenores followers.
Then outcast Artemesia comes into Pearls life. Artemesia is everything Pearl dreams of being — a dancer and an artist. But then Lenore makes it clear she cant stand Artemesia, Pearl does the worst thing possible.
And she still hasnt got a friend.
Or has she?
In 1963, Pearl, an eleven-year-old black girl in Fairfax, Virginia, learns about the real nature of friendship from the popular but untrustworthy Lenore, and Artemesia, a poor girl who moves into the neighborhood for a brief time.