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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


The Year of Ice

Review

The Year of Ice
by Brian Malloy
St. Martin's Griffin,(October 2003)
ISBN-10: 0312313691

My rating:



Jon Thompson's already made it down the field and snags the ball ... On the way down I hug him hard; Jon's a fox. He's got these really big eyelashes and hair that's the same color as chocolate. You could say that I'm in love with Jon. So I just lie there on top of him. This is like the only time I can get away with it without people shitting their pants.
"Get offa me," he says.
"Okay, tough guy," I tell him and slap the side of his head. I do this for two reasons, really. First, 'cause if I smack him, nobody will guess that I want to pick him up in my arms and kiss him really hard, right on the lips. And second, he's got to be reminded that I'm tougher than he is. Wolves do this all the time to keep order in the pack. I'm the alpha; he's the beta.
--The Year of Ice, Brian Malloy, p. 6

17-year-old Kevin is having a hard year. He is in love with another boy—who doesn't even know he exists. He is pretending to be someone he's not, and trying to be the alpha male so others won't discover he's gay. He just found out that the car accident that killed his mother may have actually been a suicide—prompted by her discovering her husband was having an affair and wanted to leave her. His father is being besieged by widows, wanting to marry. And he is having to face that his father is not a nice person—he's an emotionally distant and neglectful father, a cheating husband, an alcoholic and a liar, and an all around not-nice guy.

Kevin is a likeable, three-dimensional character with a strong male voice. Although he at times becomes violent in ways that may have readers losing sympathy with him, and uses his power at times like a bully, he usually redeems himself. He has both flaws and goodness, and we root for him in his search for happiness. Most of the characters feel very believable; Kevin's crass aunt is the only character that feels a bit like a caricature---however, she does provide comic relief.

Kevin's relationship with his father is painful and emotional. A few kind people in the book help to balance this. There is a good weaving together of the various plot lines. Kevin's story is told with a strong voice, evocative descriptions, fresh analogies, and powerful emotion. This is a compelling, intense read. Recommended!


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