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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


Finding H.F.

Review

Finding H.F.
by Julia Watts
Alyson Books,(2001)
ISBN-10: 1555836224

My rating:



Sixteen-year-old H.F. (named Heavenly Faith by her religious grandmother) has been raised by her grandmother ever since her teenage mother abandoned her as a baby. H.F. finds it hard growing up poor in the small, narrow-minded town, because she's different than all the other girls. She doesn't care about how she dresses, and she doesn't like boys. She likes girls—and has a crush on a beautiful girl named Wendy. The only person who understands her and who knows about her crush is Bo, a gay boy who is regularly beaten by local boys and by his father.

H.F. and Wendy become friends, and one night they make love. For H.F., it's the most beautiful, right thing that has ever happened to her. But the next morning, Wendy freaks out and rejects her. H.F. takes this hard, but the blows aren't over yet. When she gets home, she finds out that her grandmother has known all along where her mother lives. Confused, hurt, and angry, and wanting to run from the pain, H.F. convinces Bo to help her find her mother, and together they take off to find her in another state. And find her they do, only she's not like anything H.F. thought she would be.

H.F. and Bo also meet up with a number of lesbians and gays in the big city, and this helps them be a little more comfortable about who they are. And when H.F. finally gets home, Wendy takes her back. The ending was a little too easily wrapped up, and the story was at times almost preachy about gay issues, gay churches, etc., but the book still remains a vivid story with color, atmosphere, and strong characters—a story worth reading.


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