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More Than Good Enough


Trent Osceola’s life is turned upside down when he moves to the Miccosukee reservation to live with his father. Reconnecting with a childhood friend for a film assignment, Trent starts to see himself through her eyes … and he’s not so sure he likes what he sees.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738739793
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Diversity, Family

Half native. Half white. One hundred percent nothing. My mom doesn’t want me. My dad just got out of jail. They want me to go live with him on the reservation, in the Everglades. Trouble is, everybody there just ignores me. At least I get to work with Pippa on my film project at school. We used to be friends when we were like twelve. Now that we’re hanging out again it’s like old times—except she’s way cuter. The thing is, I don’t belong anywhere. I don’t fit in on the rez, and I suck at school. My dad thinks I’m an idiot, but Pippa thinks I’m all good. I don’t know what to think. Am I bad news or am I more than good enough?

Copyright: 2014
Page Count: 216
Lexile: 660L
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents

Crissa-Jean Chappell is the author of Total Constant Order (HarperTeen, 2007), which earned a bronze medal from the Florida Book Awards, received a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and was named a New York Public Library “Book for the Teen Age.” She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in literature, film theory, and philosophy from the University of Miami, as well as an MFA in screenwriting. Her reviews, short stories, and poems have appeared in many magazines, including Confrontation, Tatlins Tower, Broken Wrist Project, and the Southwest Review. For more than eight years, Chappell wrote a weekly film column for the Miami Sun-Post. The author lives in New York. Visit her online at

Reviews and Awards

“Chappell renders the atmosphere of sweltering, swampy south Florida in all its grittiness, giving the novel a unique flavor.” — Booklist

“[C]ompelling and emotionally nuanced.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Powerful and satisfying.” — Geoff Herbach, author Nothing Special, winner of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Florida Book Award Medalist, 2014

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