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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

SCARS book cover

Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

HUNTED book cover

Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

PARALLEL VISIONS book cover

Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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10 Ways To Improve Your Body Image And Feel Better About Your Body

by Cheryl Rainfield, the award-winning author of SCARS, STAINED, and HUNTED, 2013

1) Develop Media Awareness. Look critically at ads, TV and movies. The models/actors you see have makeup artists and stylists, are on very restrictive diets, and are photoshopped to look flawless. Remember that ads try to promote and target feelings of insecurity and fear. Watch the “Dove evolution” video to see the transformation of a normal-looking model into what she becomes for an ad. Remember that the images you see in ads are not real.

2) Accept your body as it is. So many women and girls obsess about becoming or staying thin, but this is forced on us by society. It doesn’t make us healthy or happy. Think about what makes you happy on a deep, lasting level. Being who you really are, surrounding yourself with loving friends, following your heart, seeing and appreciating your strengths.

3) Appreciate your body and thank it for what it does for you—things that aren’t about your weight or how you look. Does your body allow you to do things that bring you joy? Notice that!

4) Choose to love your body. It is a choice. Fight back against the bombardment of negative messages in the media, let go of the hurtful things people have said. Find something you love about your body and focus on that, then work on loving your entire body.

5) Try to see your body the way someone who loves you sees it. Remember the good things they’ve said, the way their eyes smile when they see you. You ARE beautiful.

6) Stop comparing yourself to models, actors, or anyone else. Every person’s body is unique. Love yours.

7) See your soul-beauty. What really makes a person beautiful? I think it’s how you are on a soul level: whether you have kindness and compassion; how you relate to others; what you put into this world. The people I dearly love and want to be around are soul-beautiful.

8) Give your body positive self-talk. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re beautiful—even if you don’t believe it yet. Notice something you like or that other people have mentioned and appreciate that out loud. How we think and talk about ourselves affects us.

9) Wear clothes that make you feel good. And be willing to change as you change.

10) Pamper your body in whatever way feels good to you. Lovely smelling body cream or bubble baths, natural soaps, resting when you’re tired, getting a massage. Take gentle care of your body and you will feel better.

Helpful Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/girls-and-body-image-tips
http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/presentations/SexStereotypesBeauty/index.html
http://www.ted.com/talks/cameron_russell_looks_aren_t_everything_believe_me_i_m_a_model.html
http://www.medialit.org/reading-room/beautyand-beast-advertising

In STAINED Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body images issues, thinks she knows what fear is—until she’s abducted. Now she must find a way to rescue herself.

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