Katherine is almost eighteen. Severly burned when she was three, she dreams that one day, she will look like everyone else. An extraordinary story where trauma and pain become triumph and a passion for living.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $11.99   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Shoreline, WA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1610670434 Special order direct from the distributor.

Ships from: Victoria, Canada

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Note: Visit our Teens Store.
Sending request ...


Katherine is almost eighteen. Severly burned when she was three, she dreams that one day, she will look like everyone else. An extraordinary story where trauma and pain become triumph and a passion for living.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Curry
The main character, seventeen-year old Katherine, sustained horrific burns as a three year old. She was burned beyond recognition and has undergone numerous skin grafts. She views the hundreds of grafts as just part of her life, how she manages this is well portrayed by Gervay. Katherine's desires are no different than any other young female. She is adamant about living as normal a life as others despite the fact that they see her as disabled. She wants an active social life, friends, and a boyfriend just like any other girl her age. She does not accept the grafts as a disability. When offered separate school instruction she refuses. This does not mean she is not insecure at times. The reader will get to know the Katherine who is angry about the scars and pities herself. Some of her class mates bully her and make jokes about the scars. She deals with those insecurities and her imperfections and grows. Helping her is her family. She lives with her Italian mother and a twenty-two-year old sister, both of whom provide love and warmth. Her mother reminds her that she is a beautiful person inside and outside. Her father abandoned the family at the time of the accident which resulted in the burns. The book is unique in that it is written with flashbacks in italics, giving the reader information about what the past fourteen years have been like for Katherine and her family. This fast paced book has dialogue that moves the plot forward. The characters are inspirational. The book forces anyone with a disability to challenge him/herself to develop coping skills and to recognize that they have more hope and stamina than previously realized. This book with help readers develop real empathy for those facing tough challenges, such as disfiguring scars or disabilities. Reviewer: Susan Curry
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—High school is hard enough for teens who look normal, but for Katherine, who fell into a fire when she was three years old and endured 37 surgeries to repair the damage, it's even worse. She is getting ready to graduate and seeking independence, but she is self-conscious about her appearance. She is sensitive to the fact that Mum, who tells her she is beautiful, tries to give her confidence and works hard to make a living for her and her sister as their father left shortly after the accident. Katherine holds back tears when a classmate makes a rude remark, and a boy whom she dates a couple of times withdraws. Even though she is needy at times, her best friend is always supportive. Katherine is a swimmer, but when the coach recommends that she compete in the Paralympic Games, she realizes that others see her as handicapped instead of scarred, and she pushes for more surgery. Whenever readers think that Katherine is moving forward and accepting herself, she has a setback; she refers to herself the Beast. Readers will wait for the Beast to retreat for good and cheer when it finally does. This hopeful, heartfelt novel will give teens an understanding of what it means to have a reason to be self-conscious. Librarians won't be able to keep it on the shelf—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Kirkus Reviews

This Australian import powerfully depicts the lasting damageof third-degree burns.

Katherine, almost 18, suffers from the many aftereffects of the severe burns she sustained as a toddler. She lives with her loving older sister, Rachel, and her slightly controlling Italian mother. Her father, who abandoned the family shortly after Katherine's accident, is now trying to reestablish a relationship with them, one of many issues Katherine faces. As she contrasts her life to that of her lovely best friend, Jessie, she deals with bullying by a classmate, the clumsy, ambiguous romantic advances of William, the willingness of some adults to classify her as disabled while she strives for normalcy—by relentlessly driving herself on a swim team, for example—and, primarily, her quest to improve the appearance of her scars. Her italicized inner monologues, contrasting with the present-tense, third-person narration, gradually move from angry and self-pitying toward a more mature self-acceptance, but they fail to ring true given the extremely spirited actions she's taken. "I'm sick of it. Unfair. Unfair. Just leave me, that's right," she thinks when she arrives home to discover her mother and sister are still out.This relentless negativity diminishes Katherine's appeal as a character.

While vividly documenting the devastating aftereffects of severe burns, this effort never fully captures the protagonist's spirit, making for a frustrating, emotionally draining read. (Fiction. 11 & up)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610670432
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Fiction Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)