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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: child abuse, self-harm, self-respect
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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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  | 2004 | Commended
Tayshas List  | 2004 | Commended


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