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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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Love is a Handful of Honey

Review

Love is a Handful of Honey
by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban
Tiger Tales/ME Media,(2001)
ISBN-10: 1589250036
ISBN-13: 9781841214498

My rating:



Love is that highflying feeling
That makes you leap out of your bed.
Love is what makes you throw open the curtains
And somersault round on your head
Love is that warm cozy feeling
A cuddle that tells you you're sweet,
And love is that feeling of laughing out loud
When somebody tickles your feet.
--Love is a Handful of Honey, by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban, p. 1-4.

Andreae takes us through a young bear's day, from waking up to going to bed, equating happy events and feelings with love. ("Love is that fluttery feeling you feel/when a butterfly taps on your toes.")

The love that Andreae mentions are all connected to activities that young readers will recognize and enjoy doing, both alone and with others, such as splashing through puddles, snuggling with someone, eating when you're hungry. Andreae captures the excited and carefree happiness of young ones well--skipping, hopping, stuffing food into mouths, enjoying being soaked by the rain.

The book is written in rhyming text. Many rhymes don't quite scan or have too many beats, however, the sentiment behind them is joyful and loving.

Cabban's watercolour illustrations, with their soft, warm tones, gentle scenes and smiling faces, communicate happiness, security, and love. In every painting except the very last, there are three small mice that young readers will enjoy finding and pointing out.

The text and illustrations mesh to provide a strong feeling of love, happiness, and security. A soothing story.

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