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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


Last Chance Texaco

Review

Last Chance Texaco
by Brent Hartinger
HarperTempest/HarperCollins,(2004)
ISBN-10: 0060509120

My rating:



"Well?" Leon said. "How do you like your new home?" New home? Was he trying to be funny? "Brief rest stop" was more like it. But Leon didn't look like he was being sarcastic. No, his face looked open—warm, even. Either he was a moron or he hadn't read my file yet
--Last Chance Texaco, Brent Hartinger, p. 6

Fifteen-year-old Lucy Pitt has just been sent to Kindle Home—a last-stop group home before a high-security facility, and a different kind of group home than she's ever lived in before. Lucy has lived in group homes since she was seven, and her parents and brother died in a car crash. She's developed a tough skin—but things start to change for her at this new foster home. The counselors, and one in particular, actually care about her. And she meets a boy at school that she likes. For the first time in a long time, Lucy feels like she has a few people on her side—and she finds herself actually caring about herself, and wanting to stay at Kindle Home.

But then a rash of car burnings take place in the group home's neighborhood—and people blame Kindle Home. Funding is cut, and Kindle Home is threatened. So Lucy decides to find out who is behind the arson.

Hartinger draws us into Lucy's life, and makes us care about what happens to her and to Kindle Home. Although the beginning is slow, we quickly come to feel Lucy's pain, anger, and fear—and we gain insight into why she feels that way. Lucy is a believable and sympathizable character, one we want to succeed, and the group home is also vivid and well-drawn.

At times it feels like there is too much explanation, as if Hartinger didn't trust the reader to understand what is happening. But the characters are fully drawn, the story compelling, and we are propelled forward throughout the story, wanting to know what happens next. Romance is woven into the story, which makes the story more enjoyable, and there are enough caring characters to help balance out Lucy's painful situation. The mystery of who is the arsonist adds to the overall enjoyment, and fast page turning.

There were a few brief moments that felt unbelievable to me, and that drew me out of the story, but the story remained a compelling story. The ending felt slightly too convenient and wrapped up—but I was glad there was a happy ending. This book is an enjoyable, satisfying read with depth, layers, and great story interest. Positive and uplifting.

-Added July 19, 2004


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