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The Heart Is Not a Size

Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they?

When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters' village in the heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she's always known.

Beth Kephart paints a world filled with emotion, longing, and the hot Mexican sun.

Important places

Chihuahua (22)
Anapra (2)


Doña Ana (23)


New Mexico (810)
Chihuahua (53)
Pennsylvania (4,458)


Mexico (1,563)
United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Chihuahuan Desert (50)
Alti-Planicie Mexicana (116)
Appalachian Mountains (1,111)