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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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Articles for Survivors of Abuse

Self-Harm

Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself

  • Because you do not deserve to be hurt, not by anyone, not even yourself;

  • Because you deserve the same compassion, kindness, and love that everyone else does, and that you would give to a friend;

  • Because if you hurt yourself, you are repeating and reinforcing what your abusers or people who put you down told you, and none of that is true;


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    Reasons Not To Kill Yourself

    If you're thinking of suicide, please talk to someone. Call a crisis line. Call someone who loves you. Get support. And

    Please Do Not To Kill Yourself:

    • Because you deserve to live, and to find happiness and joy and love and laughter. It may not seem like you can find those things right now, but they will come. You have had them once, and they will come again;

    • Because things will get better, and when they do, you will want to be here to enjoy them;

    • Because if you kill yourself it will deeply hurt the people who love you and care about you;
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      Helpful Responses To Someone Who's Self-Harmed

      • Come from a place of compassion;

      • Understand that self-harm is NOT acting out, manipulation, or a failed suicide attempt; the person is usually trying to cope with great emotional distress;

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        Alternatives To Self-Harm

        Emotional Pain:

        • Ask for a hug;

        • Talk it out;

        • Look at feel-good images;

        • Listen to soothing music;

        • Write, paint, or dance it out;

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          How to Stop Self-Harming

          • Love yourself, even just a little bit. Enough to know that you don't deserve to be hurt;

          • Really take in love, kindness, and compassion from others;

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            What to Do When You Feel Like Hurting Yourself

            Self-harm is something that usually happens alone, and in secret. Those of us who hurt ourselves–or who used to hurt ourselves–may do it to relieve great emotional pain and distress; to avoid, distract from, or suppress overwhelming emotion; to try to feel better; to stop a painful memory or thought; to punish ourselves; to reenact childhood abuse or the messages our abusers taught us; to try to connect to ourselves; to keep from committing suicide; to release or express anger that we're afraid to express to others; to silently cry out for help; to show ourselves how bad the pain is that we feel inside; or for a number of other reasons. But ultimately, hurting ourselves does just that–it hurts us....

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