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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


Borrowed Light

Review

Borrowed Light
by Anna Fienberg
Laurel-Leaf/Random House (reprint),(2002)
ISBN-10: 044022876X

My rating:



It was the discovery that the moon has no wind, no water and no air that changed things for me.
That, and the feeling of being inhabited.
When I was sixteen, these two discoveries lay side by side in my mind, as separate and solid as stones. In time they connected, until, looking back, I could never see one without the other.
--Borrowed Light, Anna Fienberg, p. 1.

Callisto, a shy sixteen-year-old, was named after one of Jupiter's moons. Her grandmother is a well-known astrophysicist, and Callisto is interested in the planets as well. She relates her feelings, and how she exists in relation to other people, through planetary metaphors; she sees herself as a moon that borrows light from other people, from people who are bright shining stars. But one of the only people that feels like a star to her is her five-year-old brother, Jeremy, whose care has fallen to her. Her mother is too grief-stricken and self-absorbed to pay attention to either of them.

Then she meets Tim, a handsome but superficial guy, and they become lovers. For a while, as she gains attention and popularity through being with him, she thinks he is a star, but later realizes he's not. When Callisto becomes pregnant, Tim indifferently gives her money for an abortion and leaves her to face it alone. Callisto is forced to take Jeremy to the clinic with her, as neither parent will take care of him, and she doesn't want to reveal why she has to go alone. But when Jeremy is temporarily lost, a lot of secrets come out, including Callisto's abortion, and Callisto finds a support she didn't know existed, at least in that depth, in her grandmother.

Beautifully written, this book reads at times like poetry. The story is thoughtful and introspective, and explores Callipso's struggle over what to do after she's pregnant, and the very real feelings of loss and turmoil she experiences after her decision to have an abortion—even though she remains sure that it was the right decision for her. It was refreshing to read a book that presents options to girls who've become pregnant. Although the novel strayed briefly in focus and intensity in the second half of the book, this is a very good read.


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