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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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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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    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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