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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


Peeling the Onion

Review

Peeling the Onion
by Wendy Orr
Laurel-Leaf/Random House,(1999)
ISBN-10: 0440227739
ISBN-13: 9780440227731

My rating:



Seventeen-year-old Anna survives a traumatic car accident. But the accident has left her with physical and emotional scars that she has to struggle to overcome. How severe those wounds are, Anna doesn't realize at first—and neither do the doctors. Her broken neck goes undetected for several days—something that could have permanently injured her.

The accident has scarred Anna's face...something she finds hard to deal with. But even harder is the physical pain she has to withstand, the insecurity and inner turmoil that replaces her former confidence, and her inability to control her body the way she used to.

Before the accident, Anna was confident, pretty, popular, and athletic; she was a star at karate. All that has changed. Her boyfriend doesn't seem to really care about her any more. Her friends are involved in their own lives. She can't stand looking at her face in the mirror. And she has to learn to walk again. Anna leans on the support of her family, discovers a new, more mature love interest—and find strength and courage inside her to keep moving forward. She delves inward to discover her true self—and comes out stronger.

Throughout the long process of physical and emotional healing, Anna's responses are honest, profound, and utterly believable. You can almost feel the pain she goes through. Incredibly vivid, almost poetic at times, this book is a powerful, gripping read. Highly recommended.

-Added April 30, 2003


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