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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


Breathing Underwater

Review

Breathing Underwater
by Alex Flinn
HarperTeen/HarperCollins (reprint),(2002)
ISBN-10: 0064472574

My rating:



A gripping story written from the perspective of an abusive teen boy, Breathing Underwater shows us how abusers can rationalize what they do, so they don't have to see the pain of what they've caused. Sixteen-year-old Nick slaps and punches his girlfriend, Caitlin, when she gets "out of control." Nick is messed up inside—he feels a desperate need to be near Caitlin, because she is the only one who understands him, but that very need makes him resent her. And though he doesn't want to be anything like his father, who abuses him, he might be growing like him.

Caitlin's family gets a restraining order to keep Nick away, and the judge sentences him to an anger management class where he has to listen to other teen boys who've hit their girlfriends. Desperate and friendless, Nick tries to understand and overcome his anger and abusive behavior, and gradually comes to understand the effects of what he has done, and learns some self-control, responsibility, and courage.

An honest book that is an important read. Strong, powerful, and disturbing.


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