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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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Premonitions

Review

Premonitions
by Jude Watson
Scholastic,(June 2004)
ISBN-10: 043960995X

My rating:



I think I was a nice person before my mom died. I have a hard time connecting that person to the person I am now.
It's going on a year and a half since the accident, and I think I'm running out of leeway. People, like teachers, aren't giving me slack any more.
One of these days, I'm going to have to decide on a personality.
I am mean to my best friend, Emily Carobnel, that day. And no, it isn't the first time. But I'm not the first person in her life to let her down.
So that's not why she disappears.
--Premonitions, Jude Watson, p. 1.

Fifteen-year-old Gracie has premonitions--visions that tell her about the past, present, and future. She's had them for most of her life, and she is afraid of them. She doesn't want anything to do with them. She saw her uncle die before he died. She knew something was going to happen to her mother. It all came true--and Gracie couldn't deal with it, especially not after her mother died.

Gracie is forced to leave everything she knows, and go to live with her aunt and her cousin, who she barely knows. Her aunt seems nice enough, but Gracie won't let her in. She won't let anyone in. But then her best friend disappears--and Gracie has to face her premonitions--and reach out to others for help to save her friend.

This is a tautly written, enjoyable paranormal suspense. The suspense makes the story gripping, the characters are full bodied and intriguing, and Gracie, the main character, has layers and depth to her. There's also some good backstory sprinkled in throughout the story.

However, approximately one-fifth of the book, from a crisis point of Gracie being kidnapped to the ending, feels unbelievable, convoluted, and not as well written, and, at least for me, destroyed some of my enjoyment of an otherwise incredibly enjoyable and believable story. That section completely pulled me out of the book, and left me feeling disappointed. However, the rest of the book is so well written and enjoyable that this book is still high on my list of books to share and read.

Gracie grows in a believable fashion throughout the book, moving from someone who feels very alone and thinks she is alone, someone who is afraid to even think much about her premonitions, and someone who shuts people out, to someone who realizes she has some allies and friends, people she can depend on, and someone who is able to learn about her talent, and use it to help others.

There are also realistic, believable observations of how a person (Gracie) might deal with grief and trauma woven throughout the book, that help give the book greater depth. There is a nice balance of grief, suspense, comfort, and support that makes this book a very enjoyable read.

Thoroughly enjoyable, skillfully written, aside from the convoluted section on kidnapping; despite that section, this is a great read. Recommended.

-Added February 08, 2005


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