For Olive Guerrero, different is more than just a word.

 What does it mean to be different? 14-year-old Olive is struggling to find out. Everything about her is so different from the rest of her family. She is big-haired, brown skinned, and clumsy in a family of cream-colored beauties who are all popular and Good At Sports. She closely resembles a father she has never known, and about whom her mother never speaks, and no one wants to tell her why. She turns to books and other things in her quest to find answers, and as a way to cope with her loneliness. When she learns the truth about her father, she must decide whether or not she will let the differences in her life define her forever.

A unique coming-of-age story unfolding through dictionary-style chapters, What Things Mean takes a closer look at the things that define a life, and the many ways in which we find meaning.


*Grand Prize Winner, Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014

 Sarah’s Saturdays are different from other kids’. She spends Saturdays delivering letters and postcards with her father, a postman. Through the letters and postcards she delivers, she learns about different places and different lives, and about the ways people stay close to the ones they love.