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Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) (2006)
Justina Chen Headley

This is a novel for young adults about a half Asian teenager who is sent to a summer Math Camp at Stanford by her overprotective mother. She enjoys the camp more than she expected to, until her mother arrives to make sure she is not having too much fun.

Clearly, this is more about the protagonist's insecurities about her own mixed heritage than about math, but it is still nice to see math playing a positive role in her life.

Thanks to John. C. Konrath for suggesting that it be added to the database.

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GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians, Romance, Math Education,

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