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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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Uplifting Picture Books That Don't Preach


The Red Book

Review

The Red Book
by Barbara Lehman
Houghton Mifflin,(2004)
ISBN-10: 0618428585
ISBN-13: 9780618428588

My rating:



This wordless fantasy is a delight to page through. Anyone who's ever felt lonely and in need of a friend can identify with and enjoy this story. A lonely city girl discovers a red book in the snow, opens it up and sees first a map, then an island, and then another lonely child. Then that lonely boy discovers a red book in the sand, and opens it to see the city, then a building, and then the girl reading her red book. They both look up, startled, then happy, each book they hold reflecting the other.

The girl buys balloons to fly over and visit the boy—but drops the book on the way. Both think all is lost, but then the girl arrives safely, to their delight—and a new child in the city discovers the red book, leaving the reader with the delicious knowledge that the magic book has been passed on.

The simple watercolor, guoache, and ink illustrations are outlined in black, making characters and objects stand out, and the somewhat muted colors provide a gentle, subdued feeling that works well with the magic of what is happening. Point of view works well, allowing us at times to watch the characters, and at other times to see things through their perspective. The colors used both in the cold winter city and the warm island reflect the temperature and mood well.

Sharp-eyed young readers will enjoy recognizing that the young boy who finds the red book the girl dropped is someone who was in her class.

This magical book can leave readers hope-filled, with a feeling of being more connected to others. It can remind them of the power of books, the imagination, and friends. And young readers will delight in knowing that they also hold a red book, much like the one in the story.

This is a fun, magical adventure, a true delight. Highly recommended.

A Caldecott Honor book.


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