A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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5.51 X 8.35 X 1.34 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Ariel Henley is a writer from Northern California with a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont. She is passionate about writing as a form of activism, and hopes to use her story to promote mainstream inclusion for individuals with physical differences. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Narratively. A Face for Picasso is her debut novel.


A 2021 Booklist Editors' Choice
A New York Public Library Best Books of 2021
A Schneider Family Book Award Honor Book for Teens
A NCSS Notable Book
A Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction for Older Readers
The myFace Courage Award

"A gripping autobiography and a provocative interrogation of beauty that will resonate with many young readers, especially as they develop their own identities in a social-media focused culture." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Expertly crafted, infused with emotional resonance and populated with flawed characters who grow and change as the story unfolds. Ariel's richly detailed perspective allows the reader to deeply understand the trauma of experiencing so many difficult medical procedures, as well as the lifelong impact of bullying and discrimination... A must-read on self-love, beauty, disability, visibility, and community." --Booklist, starred review

"Complex and searing... This smart, richly detailed memoir is a compelling meditation on identity as well as a much-needed challenge to an ableist system." --Publishers Weekly

"With a perceptive analysis of the way beauty standards shape the most basic social values and a fascinating coming-of-age story told from a unique perspective, Henley's memoir is not to be missed. -Captivating, unflinching, and insightful, this title is -highly recommend." --School Library Journal