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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Abuse and Trauma: Coming Out the Other Side

Sarah's Waterfall: A Healing Story about Sexual Abuse (written by Ellery Akers, illustrated by Angelique Benicio)
Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse (written by Carolyn Lehman)
When She Hollers (written by Cynthia Voigt)
Mercy's Birds (written by Linda Holeman)
Uncle Vampire (written by Cynthia D. Grant)
Speak (written by Laurie Halse Anderson)
Nothing to Lose (written by Alex Flinn)
Counterfeit Son (written by Elaine Marie Alphin)
What Jamie Saw (written by Carolyn Coman)
Dreamland (written by Sarah Dessen)
Past Forgiving (written by Gloria D. Miklowitz)
Breathing Underwater (written by Alex Flinn)
Awake and Dreaming (written by Kit Pearson)



Boy Books: For Girls, Too

Out of Order (written by A M Jenkins)
The Boxer (written by Kathleen Karr)
Shattering Glass (written by Gail Giles)
Safe At Second (written by Scott Johnson)
The Fire Pony (written by Rodman Philbrick)
Counterfeit Son (written by Elaine Marie Alphin)



Dealing With Death: It Touches Everyone

Rules for Life (written by Darlene Ryan)
Falling Through Darkness (written by Carolyn MacCullough)
Walk Softly, Rachel (written by Kate Banks)
Bringing Up the Bones (written by Lara M. Zeises)
A Time for Dancing (written by Davida Wills Hurwin)
Remembering Mog (written by Colby Rodowsky)
Last Left Standing (written by Barbara Russell)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (written by Mark Haddon)



Dealing With Life: As It Comes

A la Carte (written by Tanita Davis)
The Search for Belle Prater (written by Ruth White)
The Boxer (written by Kathleen Karr)
Last Chance Texaco (written by Brent Hartinger)
The Long Night of Leo and Bree (written by Ellen Wittlinger)
Cheating Lessons (written by Nan Willard Cappo)



Magic Around Us: Magic and Fantasy Fiction

Angel (written by Cliff McNish)
Avielle of Rhia (written by Dia Calhoun)
Bloodhound (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2) (written by Tamora Pierce)
Clockwork Heart (written by Dru Pagliassotti)
How to Ditch Your Fairy (written by Justine Larbalestier)
Nightmare Academy (written by Dean Lorey)
Avielle of Rhia (written by Dia Calhoun)
The Blue Girl (written by Charles de Lint)
Twilight (written by Stephenie Meyer)
Undine (written by Penni Russon)
Journey Between Worlds (written by Sylvia Louise Engdahl)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (written by James Patterson)
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (written by Holly Black)
Inkheart (written by Cornelia Funke)
Goose Girl (written by Shannon Hale)
Paint by Magic (written by Kathryn Reiss)
The Speed of the Dark (written by Alex Shearer)
Corbenic (written by Catherine Fisher)
Wild Magic (written by Tamora Pierce)
Dealing With Dragons (written by Patricia C. Wrede)
Wren to the Rescue (written by Sherwood Smith)
Sky Rider (written by Nancy Springer)



Needing a Family: When Your Own Family Isn't Enough

In Search of Mockingbird (written by Loretta Ellsworth)
Tending to Grace (written by Kimberly Newton Fusco)
Colibri (written by Ann Cameron)
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (written by Martha Brooks)
Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me (written by Julie Johnston)
Homecoming (written by Cynthia Voigt)
Looking for Home (written by Jean Ferris)
Mandy (written by Julie Andrews Edwards)
Halinka (written by Mirjam Pressler)
Winners (written by Mary-Ellen Lang Collura)
Crazy Fish (written by Norma Fox Mazer)



Out and Proud: Great Lesbian & Gay Fiction

M or F? (written by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts)
Totally Joe (written by James Howe)
The Year of Ice (written by Brian Malloy)
Geography Club (written by Brent Hartinger)
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (written by Jacqueline Woodson)
Finding H.F. (written by Julia Watts)
Annie On My Mind (written by Nancy Garden)



Outside It All: Fiction About Not Fitting In

The Pretty One (written by Cheryl Klam)
Chain Mail: Addicted to You (written by Hiroshi Ishizaki)
Missing Abby (written by Lee Weatherly)
A True and Faithful Narrative (written by Katherine Sturtevant)
Slumming (written by Kristen D. Randle)
Stoner and Spaz (written by Ron Koertge)
Feeling Sorry for Celia (written by Jaclyn Moriarty)
Crazy Fish (written by Norma Fox Mazer)
From Anna (written by Jean Little)
Wringer (written by Jerry Spinelli)



Supernatural Reads: Paranormal and Psychic Fiction

Jasper (written by Michelle Groce, illustrated by Laura Duis)
Premonitions (written by Jude Watson)
Shadow (written by Joyce Sweeney)
Welcome to the Ark (written by Stephanie Tolan)
Gifted Touch (Fingerprints #1) (written by Melinda Metz)
The Chrysalids (written by John Wyndham)
Down a Dark Hall (written by Lois Duncan)
Julie (written by Cora Taylor)



Survival and Adventure: Fighting to Live

Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (written by Helen Hemphill)
The Hunger Games (written by Suzanne Collins)
The Sacrifice (written by Diane Matcheck)
FreeFall (written by Joyce Sweeney)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (written by Scott O'Dell)
Hatchet (written by Gary Paulson)
Blind Flight (written by Hilary Milton)



Teen Pregnancy: Honest Fiction

Borrowed Light (written by Anna Fienberg)
Looking for Home (written by Jean Ferris)
Lucy Peale (written by Colby Rodowsky)
The Dear One (written by Jacqueline Woodson)



Teens Coping Alone: Dealing With Absent Parents

Breakfast at Sadie's (written by Lee Weatherly)
Theories of Relativity (written by Barbara Haworth-Attard)
Tomorrow, Maybe (written by Brian James)
No Fixed Address (written by Maureen Bayless)
Mary Wolf (written by Cynthia D. Grant)
The Window (written by Michael Dorris)
Homecoming (written by Cynthia Voigt)



Tough Times: Surviving and Thriving

Letting Go of Bobby James, or How I Found Myself of Steam (written by Valerie Hobbs)
Peeling the Onion (written by Wendy Orr)
Tomorrow, Maybe (written by Brian James)


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