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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


Geography Club

Review

Geography Club
by Brent Hartinger
HarperTempest/HarperCollins,(March 2003)
ISBN-10: 0060012218

My rating:



Brian didn't seem so different to me. Because I knew that's how people might treat me if they ever learned the truth. It scared the hell out of me, because I was certain I could never handle being that completely alone.
--Geography Club, Brent Hartinger, p. 11

Russel is sure he is the only gay in his high school, maybe even in his whole town. He feels like an outsider in enemy territory, especially since homophobia and bullying kids who are different is rampant in his school. Then he discovers that Kevin, a boy he thinks is cute, is also gay. And so is his long-time best friend, Min—and she even has a girlfriend!

They all get together to talk—but they don't want to be seen by others in the school. So they decide to create school group that is so boring, no one else will want to join: the geography club. Things start looking up for Russel—he finds out that Kevin is interested in him, and for once in his life he doesn't feel alone. But then another of his friends pressures him into going on a date with a girl, and when he doesn't want to have sex with her, the girl and his friend turn on him—and start a rumor at school that he is gay. After years of hiding who he really is, he has to face the school or find a way out of this mess.

Russel is a believable character with a strong voice, in a painful but realistic situation. The writing is slick, but at times not very deep. Some of the other characters do not feel very fleshed out. There is truth here, and real issues. However, for me there was too much telling—where the author directly addressed the reader, and this yanked me out of the story every time. And a few events seemed to happen too easily, including the neatly wrapped up ending. Still, the book made me care about the characters, and was easy to read and relate to.

The dialogue and the observations of living in a very homophobic environment feel real. This is a good book, worth reading.


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