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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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Teen Books That Have Something to Say


Cheating Lessons

Review

Cheating Lessons
by Nan Willard Cappo
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster,(2003)
ISBN-10: 0689860188
ISBN-13: 9781442430785

My rating:



Bernadette is intelligent, outspoken, and often judgemental of others, especially when they are less intelligent than her. She is also a skilled debater—but she has only one good friend. In a school where many students struggle with their classes, Bernadette stands out, and her attitude doesn't help her. But she doesn't care. When her public school gains a new, handsome teacher—Mr. Malory—who encourages her to use her mind, even praises her. Bernadette flourishes.

Then Mr. Malory announces that Bernadette's class got such a high score on a quiz that they will be part of the state's championship debate team. Bernadette is ecstatic. Her class, her school, will be going up against rich, private school students, something her school has never managed to do before.

But after her euphoria fades, Bernadette realizes that someone cheated to get them in the championship. Bernadette discovers that Mr. Malory is the one who's been cheating, changing the answers and scores on tests, and feeding them answers to the upcoming championship. She's faced with a dilemma about what to do. The other students on her team really need the prize money that their win will bring—and for the first time, they are beginning to think they might not be so stupid, after all. But cheating is cheating. What should Bernadette do?

As Bernadette works with her teammates, she grows and changes, becoming kinder, friendlier, and more accepting of others. She comes to realize the value of friendship, and figures out a way to do what she thinks is right.

Many of the characters are vivid and complex, although a few characters, such as the librarian, feel like plot devices to make events happen. There is a gentle unfolding of hidden needs and character traits, and good foreshadowing. However, there is one conversation that seems to refer to something that has been edited out of the book. Overall, this is enjoyable read.

-Added June 01, 2003


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