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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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Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages

Review

Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages
by Marla Frazee
Harcourt Children's Books,(2006)
ISBN-10: 0152055738
ISBN-13: 9780152055738

My rating:



It is time to learn how to walk.
The first thing you've got to do is stand on your own two feet.
It sounds easier than it is.
You will need support. This is tricky because sometimes what you think will support you won't.
--Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages, Marla Frazee, p. 2-6.

Walk On! encourages the reader to learn to stand on their own two feet, get support, find your balance, let go, and if you fall, cry and get it out, then try again and walk without obstacles in your way. This is not so much a story as a cheerleading talk for both walking and living your life.

The cleverly-written text that can be taken both literally—for babies just learning to walk and toddlers that already have—and metaphorically, for everyone who's had to deal with any situation that makes you feel anxious or fearful. ("Find your balance./It may take some time./Remember to breathe./Feel the sway, but don't let it tip you over./When you think you've got it . . . let go!") Older readers will enjoy the dual meanings.

Cartoon-like pencil-and-gouache illustrations depict a baby that can be taken as either a Caucasian girl or boy, depending on the reader. The baby is in full-color, while the objects around her are often pencil with white paper, or a few colors, which emphasizes the baby, and the baby's expressions show clear emotion. Colors are gentle, almost pastel, which can feel soothing.

The illustrations fit with the literal meanings of the text, which can make the book work for young children, but the text has another layer of meaning that older children and adults may find comfort and encouragement in.

The text and illustrations work well together, and the message is patient, encouraging, and wise. Recommended.

-Added November 2006


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