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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.

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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.

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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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Uplifting Picture Books That Don't Preach


When I Feel Sad (The Way I Feel Books)

Review

When I Feel Sad (The Way I Feel Books)
by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson
Albert Whitman (reprint),(2004)
ISBN-10: 0807588997
ISBN-13: 9780807588994

My rating:



Sometimes I feel sad. I feel sad when someone won't let me play,
or when I really want to tell about something and nobody listens.
When someone else is sad, I feel sad, too.
--When I Feel Sad, by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson, p. 1-4.

This book tells readers through a young guinea pig why and when someone might feel sad ("When I really want to tell about something and nobody listens," "If something bad happens," "When someone is cross with me,"), what it feels like, and how to feel better.

Spelman's text is direct, simple, and never too wordy; it flows nicely, and offers both understanding and comfort. It helps normalize sadness, and reassure the reader that they are not alone. Spelman (a therapist) clearly understands sadness, and some of the possible reasons for it.

There aren't many suggestions on how to move out of feeling sad, but the few included are helpful—encouraging readers to talk about their sadness, and to express it. The books seems to be talking both to young readers and to parents or caregivers, who all need to know that it's okay to be sad and to let it out—and also that sadness will pass. There is a note to parents and teachers before the story that some readers may find helpful. The book itself seems most geared toward a young reader; an older reader may want a few more suggestions.

Parkinson's light-hearted, vivid watercolor paintings, with great splashes of warm color and playful, fun details (stars, hearts, and flowers on the young gerbil's clothes, the youngsters blowing bubbles) offer comfort. The illustrations often take up an entire page, leaving just enough room for the text, and both compliment and add to the text. The paintings show the sad guinea pig being cuddled, being near loving parents, and playing with friends. The illustrations feature cute guinea pigs, kittens, and bunnies, and this may allow readers to more easily identify with the messages (rather than more direct images of people).

A reassuring book about sadness. Recommended.


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