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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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Missing Abby

Review

Missing Abby
by Lee Weatherly
Laurel Leaf/Random House (paperback edition),(November 2006)
ISBN-10: 0553494880

My rating:



Day One

Missing Person's Report, Hampshire Constabulary

Date: Sunday 5th September 2004

Full name and address of Missing Person: Abigail ("Abby" Ryner, 17 Rosemont Street, Garemont, Brookfield, Harts

Age: 13 years, 2 months

Full circumstances of events and details leading up to the report:

Abby was last seen around 10.00 on Saturday, 4th September, when she left the family home on Rosemont Street. She told her mother she was going shopping with friends and then to see a movie in Brookfield.

...

Day Two

The force is strong in this one.

I was already lying awake, but I still started like I had been cattle-prodded when Darth bellowed at me. He does that to me every morning, even if he is only nine inches tall and plastic. GET UP AND FIGHT LIKE A JEDI, he breathed, waving a glowing light sabre.

"You are so predictable. It's just said." I pushed the button beside Darth's foot.

--Missing Abby, Lee Weatherly, p. 8-9.

Emma and Abby used to be best friends; they were both creative, loved similar things, and enjoyed playing a fantasy game together--until a bully labeled Emma a freak. Emma switched schools and put some distance between herself and Abby, refusing to play the role playing game any more, even though she was turning her back on a part of herself, while Abby drew herself even more into the game and into her goth appearance.

Emma hardly saw Abby any more, until one day when she accidentally met up with her on the bus. Emma later finds out that she was the last one to see Abby, that day, and devastated, joins in the search for Abby, reconnecting with Abby's family and meeting up with Abby's new friends. It takes Emma connecting back to who she is, and the help of one of Abby's new friends, to figure out what happened to Abby.

This is an engrossing, moving book, full of emotion. It is easy to feel for Emma, to understand her, and to also feel for her ex-best friend, Abby. The chapter headings of "day one," "day two," and so on, both increase the pace and the suspense as we wonder along with Emma if she'll find Abby.

Many of the characters are full and believable, especially Emma. Through the trauma of Abby going missing, and Emma trying to help find her, we see Emma grow and change, gradually heal from the bullying she experienced, and become more true to herself. We also see how she felt she had to blend in to be what she's not, in order to gain acceptance. Many readers will be able to identify with the struggle between acceptance and being who you are.

Weatherly created Emma's character so convincingly, and slipped in enough backstory, that it truly feels as if Emma existed before the events in this book occurred. Her inner thoughts are also believable, and her actions show us a lot about her true self. Emma is likeable and sympathizable, most especially because we get so deep beneath her skin.

At times one of the mysteries in this book failed to pull me along. There were also a few small areas that felt jarring, as if the information popped up from nowhere, or where character reactions did not seem completely believable--but for the most part, the story is smooth and powerful. A small part of the ending felt forced, too pat, but this did not detract from the quality of the book.

There are some nice clues planted that Emma and the reader pick up on. There is enough foreshadowing to help prepare the reader for the ending.

This is a moving book, one that will touch you emotionally, and make you deeply care for Emma. Highly recommended.

-Added June 2006


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