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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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Looking for Home

Review

Looking for Home
by Jean Ferris
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,(1993)
ISBN-10: 0374445664

My rating:



When I was thirteen, Pop broke two of my ribs by shoving me against the kitchen counter during an argument about whether or not I could go to the movies. That was the worst thing he'd ever done to me, but far from the first bad thing. It was also what made me realize that I was the only one who was going to take care of me, and to do that, I hod to get away from home and Pop's violent moods as soon as I was old enough.
--Looking For Home, Jean Ferris, p. 3.

Intelligent, determined Daphne just wants to get away from home. She's seventeen, and all her life she's been abused by her father. She works hard at school to get good grades, and hard at her waitressing job to earn enough money for college, and all the while she makes plans for leaving. But everything changes after one night of sex with her boyfriend—sex she didn't even want, but did in the hopes that they would stay together. Daphne becomes pregnant, and her dreams are changed forever.

Daphne has always known she has to depend on herself; her mother never stood up for her and her father was consistently abusive. She knows he'd hurt her even more if he found out she was pregnant. With broken dreams, a heavy heart, and determination, she runs away.

Desperate, Daphne searches for waitressing work and a place to live—and in her search she finds much more—an assortment of people who care about her, and who become her and her baby's new family. Though Daphne finds it hard to trust at first, eventually she learns how. Moving, touching, and beautifully written, this is a story to warm your heart.


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