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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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Teen Books That Have Something to Say


Mercy's Birds

Review

Mercy's Birds
by Linda Holeman
Tundra Books,(1998)
ISBN-10: 0887764630

My rating:



"I like it like this," I said, crossing my arms over my chest, and bending down to see my reflection in the kettle. In the dented aluminum, my face was that of a grotesque stranger, the features stretched and enlarged, the hair chopped off in rough bangs and reaching to just under the jaw. And it was black. Jet black.
...
Nothing—not bird claws, and not fingers, especially not B's fingers—would ever tangle themselves in my hair again, scaring me, holding me prisoner.
--Mercy's Birds, Linda Holeman, p. 4.

Mercy has it rough. Her mother is so depressed she rarely gets out of bed, her aunt Moo is an alcoholic, they are so poor that Mercy works when she's not at school to help pay the rent, and they move often, from poor neighbourhood to poor neighbourhood, so Mercy has to keep readjusting to new schools. On top of that, her Aunt Moo's boyfriend, "B," threatened her and made sexual advances towards her the last time he was around. Now it's coming closer to him coming home, and Mercy is depressed, afraid, and burdened. She doesn't feel she has anyone she can tell; she's afraid to upset her depressed, sometimes suicidal mother, or her alcoholic aunt....

So Mercy retreats inward. But her pain and fear come out in other ways. She chops her hair short and dyes it black, she starts to wear only black clothes and nailpolish, and she withdraws—a clear call for help—but her mother and aunt don't seem to see her pain. Mercy finds an ally in her employer, though, and another girl at school—and eventually she is able to trust and to draw on the courage to tell about "B."

A gripping, engrossing story that is incredibly well written, this book will make you care about Mercy and the trouble she's in. A powerful, at times painful book that addresses abuse, poverty, despair, and healing, this book is one of my favourites. You won't be able to put it down.


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