(Part of The Divas)
For Ages: 14 and up
The Divine Divas are on their way! They won the local, and now they're all set to wow the judges at the state competition in San Francisco. This hot, hip girl group is out to set gospel music on fire.

While India Morrow is happy her BFFs included her in the Divas, she knows she's not cute like Diamond, cool like Veronique, or smart like Aaliyah. Maybe if she were supermodel-thin, like her mom, she'd stand out in a crowd, but dieting never seems to work for her. The Divas are poised to win the next level of the competition and India is scared she'll let her friends down. With only fifty-eight days to get it all right, her cousin Jill tells her the secret -- how to lose weight while still eating.

The pounds start falling away; India is finally getting lots of attention. If only she didn't feel bad about keeping a secret. She's scared of what her friends, parents, and Pastor Ford would say. What she's doing isn't so wrong, is it? All she wants is to be a star...but will the price be too great for her, body and soul?
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416563495 | 
  • October 2008
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Divas: India 

Victoria Christopher Murray

Best friends Diamond, India, Veronique, and Aaliyah are fifteen year old high school sophomores who have been friends since childhood. After forming a singing group—The Divas—in order to enter a gospel talent search and winning a preliminary contest, the girls must prepare for the next round in San Francisco. This second part of the Divas’ story is seen through the eyes of India: daughter of a former model but overweight herself, half black and half white, India doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere. Her distress and plummeting self-esteem get overshadowed by the girls’ excitement over their competition, and India’s feelings of invisibility grow stronger. She is overjoyed to learn what she thinks is a secret, beginning a cycle of binging and purging that causes her to lose weight rapidly. At first India, and everyone around her, is impressed by her shrinking size. But by the time India see more

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Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of more than twenty novels including: The Ex Files, Lady Jasmine, The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil, and Stand Your Ground which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction and Author of the Year (Female), Murray is also a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Visit her website at