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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


Safe At Second

Review

Safe At Second
by Scott Johnson
Philomel Books/Penguin,(1999)
ISBN-10: 0399233652
ISBN-13: 9780698118775

My rating:



Paulie and Todd's friendship is cemented in one thing: their love of baseball. While Paulie isn't any good at baseball, Todd shines; scouts and agents have their gaze on Todd, who is a promising baseball star pitcher. Todd has long been used to special treatment and constant praise from other people, and Paulie has, in a way, basked in his shadow. Although Paulie is not good at baseball, his love of the game is unsurpassed, and he is a strong supporter of Todd.

And then tragedy happens. Todd is hit in the face by a baseball, and he loses an eye. He can no longer pitch, although he tries his hardest. Todd becomes angry and bitter, and lashes out. Paulie desperately tries to get Todd back to pitching...until he gradually realizes that much of his own self-esteem comes from Todd's success.

After much struggle, both boys become stronger, more fully their own selves, instead of others' ideas of who they are.

Told from the perspective of Paulie, we see both characters change and grow with the events of the story. The characters are believable, rounded characters written with complexity and depth, and while at times some of their reactions don't feel entirely real, overall they successfully carry the story.

More than just a tale for baseball lovers, this is a powerful, moving story of friendship, bravery, and inner strength that will touch many readers.

-Added May 16, 2003


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