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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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Uplifting Picture Books That Don't Preach


Mama, If You Had a Wish

Review

Mama, If You Had a Wish
by Jeanne Modesitt, illustrated by Robin Spowart
Aladdin/Simon & Schuster,(1999)
ISBN-10: 0689824122
ISBN-13: 9780689824128

My rating:



"Mama," asked Little Bunny, "if you had a wish,
would you wish I never cried?"
"No, Little Bunny," answered Mama,
"But it does make me sad to see you cry."
"Would you wish I was brave all the time, and never got scared of anything?"
"No, Little Bunny," said Mama. "We all get scared sometimes."
--Mama, If You Had a Wish, Jeanne Modesitt, illustrated by Robin Spowart, p. 1-10.

This soothing book provides messages of unconditional love and acceptance. A little bunny keeps asking her mother if she should be different—not cry, not be scared, look different—and she quickly gets loving reassurances that she is just right the way she is, and that everyone cries or gets scared. The book is like a reassuring conversation directly to the reader.

The text is gentle and comforting, and reaches to deep fears that some readers may be afraid to ask about. It encourages love, acceptance of oneself, and self-esteem. It may be especially helpful for anxious or self-critical readers, or readers who have experienced a lot of criticism.

The text flows beautifully; no words feel out of place. The mother's answers feel heartfelt, deep, and healing—answers that everyone should receive to these questions. The gender of the bunny is not disclosed, allowing readers to more easily identify with the bunny.

The rich, deep illustrations, perhaps pastel or chalk, are vibrant and unique; you couldn't mistake Spowart's work for anyone else's. The illustrations may have a little too much darkness to completely mesh with the text for some readers; to some the drawings may appear unsettling, to others, comforting. The blues, greens, pinks, and yellows work to offset this, offering happier tones. The edges of many of the illustrations swirl together, creating an almost dream-like quality.

This is a heartwarming, comforting book that provides much-needed loving messages for readers. Highly recommended.


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