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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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Tomorrow, Maybe

Review

Tomorrow, Maybe
by Brian James
Scholastic Paperbacks,(2003)
ISBN-10: 0439490359
ISBN-13: 9780439490351

My rating:



Fifteen-year-old Chan ran away from home, and now she lives on the streets. She moves from abandoned building to abandoned building, always trying to find someplace warm, someplace safe to spend the nights. Her most familiar state is to be cold, hungry, dirty—and desperately needing money. Often she's afraid—afraid of some of the other runaways, afraid of rough boys who look at her as she passes by, afraid of police raids that close down the illegal places she holes up in with other runaways.

She's often lonely, too—but she didn't realize how lonely she was until Elizabeth showed up. Elizabeth is eleven years old, and looks even younger—much too young to be on the streets, alone. The other runaways that Chan is staying with don't want to let Elizabeth stay; they're afraid of the attention she'll bring. But Chan takes Elizabeth under her wing—and starts to care about others.

When a police raid occurs where they're staying, Chan and Elizabeth barely escape. Chan becomes determined to get them off the streets, and finds a way to rent a small, illegal room for the two of them to stay. But through a series of misunderstandings, Chan is once again on her own...until she tries to reach out to the father who loved her.

The poverty and horrible conditions that Chan and her friends have to live under are vivid and grittingly real. If you think running away from home is a romantic notion, this book will dispel that myth within seconds.

This book is a gritty, emotional, and often insightful tale of life on the streets. The characters are well-rounded, the setting is so real you can almost touch it, and the writing is almost lyrical at times.

This taut story falls apart a little in the last fifth of the book, and at times chapters are not as well thought out as the rest of the book. Although Chan's choice to reach out to her father was touching, her motivation and steps that took her to that choice were not entirely believable. However, this book is still an engaging read.

-Added April 29, 2003


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