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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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Mary Wolf

Review

Mary Wolf
by Cynthia D. Grant
Simon & Schuster,(1997)
ISBN-10: 0689812515
ISBN-13: 9780689812514

My rating:



Sixteen-year-old Mary wants to stay in one town long enough to finish high school, but ever since her father lost his job, the family has been traveling around the country in an RV on what her father calls "an extended vacation." But extended vacations don't last for years, and aren't supposed to include being so poor that the family has to sell things they've stolen.

Mary is upset about the ways her parents act—her father swindelling people, her mother stealing, neither of them caring about the children getting an education or learning to read. Mary acts as a kind of mother to her younger siblings, but they don't appreciate it, and Mary wishes she could leave this kind of life behind.

As their money situation becomes more desperate, Mary's father starts to become delusional and unable to cope. Mary's passive mother is no help. Mary is the only reasonable voice in the family. A sudden and violent act is the only way Mary is able to save her family.

This is a strong, intense book, packed with tension and emotion. The characters are believable and real, and Mary is a strong voice on her own. The ending may have wrapped up a little too easily or quickly, but the book is a powerful one.


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