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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


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Review

Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Random House, (reissue),(1987)
ISBN-10: 0440439884
ISBN-13: 9780547328614

My rating:



I was overcome with fear. "Where is my brother?" I cried. ...The sails had filled and the ship was now moving slowly away. Everyone was looking toward the cliff, even the white men. I ran to one of them and pointed, but he shook his head and turned from me. The ship began to move faster. Against my will, I screamed. Chief Matasaip grasped my arm. "We cannot wait for Ramo," he said. "If we do, the ship will be driven on the rocks." "We must!" I shouted. "We must!"
--Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell, p. 45.

Karana, a young Indian girl, jumped from a ship that was evacuating the island, to be with her abandoned brother. But her brother died soon after, and Karana was left on the island, alone, to survive. Karana had to struggle with her grief and loneliness alone, and with finding a way to get enough food to live, make shelter to keep warm, and defend herself from wolves and the weather.

Karana is a strong, courageous hero, and you root for her throughout the book, always hoping things will get a little easier for her. At times this book is a little slow; the book has been around for a long time, and isn't an on-the-edge-of-your-seat book like much of our current fiction—but it's still a good read. Based on a real-life story, this is an incredible story of survival.


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