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Who Owns Kelly Paddik?
By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: "child abuse, self-harm, self-respect"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Jan/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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Pushing open the car door, I dug my feet into the ground and took off for the gate. I could hear my social worker yelling, but then a huge roaring filled my ears. At the parking lot entrance, the horror movie gate still stood open, waiting for me.
I had to get away—that was all I could think about. The gate grew and grew, and then I was through it and out in the street. Everything in me pulled together and began to run, fast as my heart was beating, faster.

Kelly Paddik is locked up. Sent to a secure facility because she is a "danger to herself," Kelly wants only to escape. But her painful past continues to haunt her until she is forced to face up to the most painful memory of all. A searing look at one girl's struggle for self respect.
Quill & Quire - January 1, 2004
"Even the most resistant of teen readers will be thoroughly absorbed by 15-year-old Kelly and her situation...Goobie's characterization of Kelly and her powerhouse of rolling impulses and emotions is keenly convincing."


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2004
Tayshas List, commended  US  2004


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