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Becky was once a promising young skating star, but these days she feels numb, disconnected and very lonely. The only way she knows to relieve pressure is to cut herself. Will Becky have the strength to save another young athlete who's skating down the same path?

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Overview

Becky was once a promising young skating star, but these days she feels numb, disconnected and very lonely. The only way she knows to relieve pressure is to cut herself. Will Becky have the strength to save another young athlete who's skating down the same path?

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Editorial Reviews

What If? Magazine
"Monique Polak succeeds in what so many others have tried to do and failed. She captures the readers' concern...A unique read."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Monique Polak handles this rarely addressed topic with sensitivity while offering teens a lot of useful information on this disease ... the novel is well written and engaging and offers several positive messages to its readers."
Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Becky used to skate in competitions. Her mother used to dream that she would go to the Olympics. But that ended a while ago. Becky now teaches little girls to skate at the local rink. And her mother is disappointed that she has let herself go. But she does not seem to see beyond Becky's extra pounds. She does not see that Becky is different—and that Becky has begun cutting herself. But when a ghost from Becky's past threatens one of her students she must find the strength to stop the past from repeating itself. This book deals with the issue of cutting and self-mutilation. It is an earnest endeavor to tell a story that does not detract from the seriousness of the act. It tries to take into consideration those individuals who have gone through or may be living with this condition. Given the seriousness of the subject matter, I cannot say that it will speak to everyone who reads this book. But I must applaud the careful and respectful work done to shed light on so delicate a subject. In the end, it is best if a teacher or parent or guardian reads this book for themselves first. Then they can use their own discretion about whether or not to introduce it to the home or classroom setting. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
The Expositor
"This book is not only a great read, but it would be bibliotherapy for a self-mutilating teen."
CM Magazine
"Monique Polak handles this rarely addressed topic with sensitivity while offering teens a lot of useful information on this disease ... the novel is well written and engaging and offers several positive messages to its readers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550289640
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Lorimer SideStreets Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,382,478
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. In addition to writing award-winning books for youth, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Quebec, and also works as a freelance journalist. Monique lives in Montreal with her husband, a newspaper man.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Becky, a once hopeful, competitive figure-skater, has stopped competing. She knows she has disappointed her parents, especially her mother. <BR/><BR/>When not out selling real estate, Becky's mother is absorbed in health magazines and planning meals that are designed to "help" her daughter keep the weight off. Thankfully, Becky is not the only target of her mother's desire for perfection. Errol, Becky's older brother, has managed to be a disappointment as well. His hours with a therapist don't seem to help much, as he has dropped out of school and spends all his time in his room building models. <BR/><BR/>To relieve the pressure, Becky has found a release in cutting herself. Filled with shame and confusion, she is not sure why it helps, but the act of self-mutilation takes away the out-of-control feeling Becky so often experiences. Her best friend is now the Swiss Army knife she keeps in the pencil box on her desk. <BR/><BR/>Still fond of skating, Becky spends her summer days teaching figure-skating to beginners at a local indoor rink. Working with the little girls keeps her mind busy and gets her out of the house and away from her nagging mother. When one of the girls is about to begin working with Becky's old Olympic-caliber coach, repressed memories of the coach's abuse begin to surface. How can she let this abusive coach mistreat yet another fragile, young skater? <BR/><BR/>Monique Polak tells Becky's story in direct, no-nonsense prose. The less than 150-page book deals with the increasingly popular teen dilemma of self-inflicted pain. There are suggestions about the underlying causes for cutting and ways regain control. SCARRED is ideal for reluctant readers or anyone wanting more knowledge about cutting and other forms of self-mutilation.

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