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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


The Fire Pony

Review

The Fire Pony
by Rodman Philbrick
Putnam Juvenile/Penguin (reprint),(2001)
ISBN-10: 0698118774
ISBN-13: 9780545088039

My rating:



Roy, an eleven-year-old orphan, has been rescued from a foster home by his older half-brother, Joe. Roy is glad to be with Joe—but worried, too, about the fire they left behind—a fire he knows that Joe started. They drive westward, looking for work and a place to stay hidden from the police. Both boys love horses, and are skilled with them; Roy is a great rider, and Joe has a special talent with horses—he's able to work with horses that everyone else gave up as a lost cause. So when they arrive at Bar None, a ranch that's willing to take them on, it seems like the perfect place.

The owner of Bar None likes Roy, and even gives Roy a horse to train. Roy begins to feel like he might have a home. But underneath his blossoming happiness is the constant worry about their past coming back to haunt them—and the future, if Joe decides to set another fire.

The writing is engaging, the characters are well-rounded, and the ranch is depicted with clarity. Ray, in particular, is an engrossing character; once you get inside Roy's head, and you stay there. The suspense in this book draws you forward. This is a gripping, enjoyable read. Satisfying.

You might know this author from his book Freak the Mighty (or from the movie made from that book) .


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