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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


McDuff Moves In

Review

McDuff Moves In
by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Hyperion (reprint),(2005)
ISBN-10: 0786856777
ISBN-13: 9780786856770

My rating:



In the back of a dogcatcher's truck sat a little white dog nobody wanted.
Thump! went the truck over a bump in the road. The little dog popped out into the night.
He tumbled onto the soft earth of a tulip bed. He did not know where he was.
--McDuff Moves In, by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, p. 1-3.

In this touching book, a young West Highland terrier escapes a dogcatcher's truck, and wanders about in the dark, and later the rain, trying to find a home. He receives unfriendly noises from many houses, until finally he finds a home where the people and smells welcome him in. The couple takes him on a ride to return him, and then realize that they want to keep him.

Readers will feel for McDuff, hungry, out in the dark without a home, and feel the comfort, too, when he finally finds a home. The ending is all the more rewarding because of the moments of tension.

The text is beautifully written, with emotion, a strong viewpoint ("He needed something to eat. He needed a warm place to sleep. So he went looking.", and attention to detail, sounds, and smells. There is nice movement from scene to scene, and a dramatic flair showing us that all will be well ("Suddenly the wind came up. It blew the clouds and rain away. And the moon smiled full on the world.") Wells has created a well-crafted story.

Jeffers' illustrations work well with the text, the colors darker when McDuff is homeless, and bright and cheerful when the kind couple take him in. The paintings set the time around the 1930s; perceptive readers may point out the differences in cars, clothing, and home furnishings. Some readers may find this unsettling, others comforting.

An enjoyable, moving, and ultimately comforting story about finding a place in the world, and people to love you. Recommended.


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