It’s a book I read over a decade ago but… it’s about a teenage girl who lives with her grandmother. Her grandma runs a bed and breakfast type place or maybe it was a motel. It has a gift shop or thrift shop.

This teen has a port wine stain on her face and when the carnival comes to town, her grandma tells her she better avoid it because her dad ran off with a carnie.

The girl doesn’t listen and befriends a girl who lives and works at the carnival. They become best friends. Grandma has a secret guest whose staying that this girl never sees and carnival girl convinces her to spy on this person.

It’s her dad.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Are there any science fictional or fantastic aspects to this story? Works need to be on-topic here to be asked about.
    – DavidW
    May 11 at 3:44
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is not science fiction or fantasy May 11 at 4:21
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    Welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy SE! Unfortunately, the identification of works that do not contain any sci-fi or fantasy (or related) elements is not within the scope of this community. But if you are looking to identify an on-topic work, please edit your question and share more details about its sci-fi or fantasy aspects so that we can better help you. For more tips on how to improve your question, take a look at our guide on asking identification questions. May 11 at 9:14


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