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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


Feeling Sorry for Celia

Review

Feeling Sorry for Celia
by Jaclyn Moriarty
St. Martin's Press,(2002)
ISBN-10: 0312287364

My rating:



Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth doesn't have many friends. She isn't popular, and she knows it. What she is is sensitive, intelligent, and caring. She's also the follower in her relationship with Celia—her best friend who always has the wildest ideas. When Celia runs away yet again, Elizabeth becomes consumed with finding and helping her.

Elizabeth has other things to deal with besides her best friend running away. Her estranged father has just moved back to Australia and wants to see her. Her mother hardly talks to her except through notes left on the refrigerator door. An anonymous boy is writing her love letters—and Elizabeth wants to know who the heck he is.

As the reader, we see Celia more clearly than Elizabeth does—and the sight isn't pretty. Celia is self-absorbed, thoughtless, and superficial. She treats Elizabeth like a tissue that can be thrown away. Gradually, Elizabeth is able to see Celia more clearly, and begins to appreciate her own self as well.

The book is written entirely through a series of notes between Elizabeth and her Mom, entries in Elizabeth's diary, and notes between Elizabeth and her penpal from a school a few blocks away. If you think that might be boring, you've got to read this book. It's a great romp.

Hilarious at some points, moving at others, this is an incredibly enjoyable, well-written book.


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