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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.

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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Teen Books That Have Something to Say


Stoner and Spaz

Review

Stoner and Spaz
by Ron Koertge
Candlewick Press,(2002)
ISBN-10: 0763616087

My rating:



For somebody with C.P., changing clothes is no piece of cake. The good side has to help the bad side, so it takes a little while. And if I'm not careful, I'll get all my clothes off and see myself in the mirror. And that is something I try never to do.
--Stoner and Spaz, Ron Koertge, p. 33.

Sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft has never had friends his own age, doesn't have parents, and doesn't fit in at school. What he does have is cerebral palsy, an overprotective grandmother, and a body nobody wants to touch—until Colleen Minou, a student at his school, arrives on the scene. Colleen is an edgy girl who constantly uses drugs to try to forget her own problems.

Ben and Colleen become first friends, then lovers. Where Ben is polite, caring, and has a good-boy syndrome, Colleen is rude, raw, and fights back against authority. Over time, the two have a healing affect on each other—Colleen starts to become more open and looks at her drug addiction, and Ben starts to take more risks, reach out to others, and follow his own dreams instead of his grandmother's. But things are not an easy ride.

The first five pages start off slowly, but the rest of the book is a gripping ride into the lives of two unforgettable characters. The characters are intriguing and well-rounded, there's a fast clip of movement that keeps you gripped to the story, and there is edginess, romance, and depth. Ben is a likeable character, with his kind heart and vulnerability, and through the course of the book, we watch him come to realize that he was so isolated, in a large part, because he cut himself off from other people. While we are shown Ben through his own eyes—an awkward boy with a shriveled up arm, the hand always in a fist—we also see past his exterior, into the sensitive, horny teen with dreams.

The ending feels a little rushed and with numerous messages plunked in, but still continues to hold reader interest.This book is an edgy story of a first romance, love conquering pain and problems, and hope winning out. A moving, well-written book.

-Added July 21, 2003


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