The Scarred Letter

The Scarred Letter

by Val Muller
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The Scarred Letter by Val Muller

Heather Primm never anticipated that a single blog post could ruin her life.

Heather's scoop about steroid use by key players on the school football team sets off an investigation that strips the Orchard Valley Thunderbolts of their state title--and earns Heather a coveted journalism prize. Hated by those involved in the scandal, despised by jealous members of the newspaper staff, ignored by her newly-popular ex-boyfriend, and even berated by her mother, Heather is attacked and a chilling "T" is carved into her face.

Now stigmatized as a traitor, she becomes the object of scorn for nearly all of Orchard Valley High. But when the school offers to send her to a private academy to hush up the matter, Heather is forced to make a decision. Should she refuse to allow fear to control her life by holding to the truth, or accept the chance to escape and build a new life?

Written by a veteran English teacher, The Scarred Letter weaves themes from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter into an accessible, intelligent tale of modern isolation and a young woman's quest for truth and acceptance.

"Authentic reboot of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter for today's readers. Heather Primm publishes the truth on her blog and pays an appalling price. It's up to Heather's younger sister to remind her what's true and what's not--and help her find a way forward. A powerful book." -- Adele Abbot, author, Of Machines & Magics and Postponing Armageddon

"High school becomes the perfect substitute for Hawthorne's Puritan society in this accessible take on The Scarlet Letter. Surrounded by ruthless cliques and wannabe outsiders, Heather finds out just how hard standing up for yourself and your beliefs can be. A powerful message for readers of all ages." -- Sheri S. Levy, author, Seven Days to Goodbye

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149664788
Publisher: Barking Rain Press
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

High school English teacher by day, Val Muller spends her days analyzing literature—and spends her nights writing it. She pens tales in multiple genres and has been writing since first grade. She is the author of the children’s mystery series Corgi Capers, the horror novel Faulkner’s Apprentice, and dozens of short stories and essays with more forthcoming. She lives with her husband Eric in Virginia and is owned by two corgis, Leia and Yoda. You can learn more at Val Muller’s website,, her Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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The Scarred Letter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BobbiCarducci More than 1 year ago
The Scarred Letter by Val Muller is a brilliant retelling of The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. Skillfully bringing the characters into the modern world, Muller is able to make the story relevant to teens and young adults while maintaining the gothic atmosphere of the original. When I feared those guilty of maiming Heather would go unpunished, I wondered how the author could gloss over such an important matter. I should have known better than to worry. Muller is far too skilled a writer to let that happen. How and when the truth becomes known is a powerful revelation for the characters and the reader making the wait well worthwhile. I can hardly wait to see what this author does next.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
The Scarred Letter by Val Muller Heather Primm has a dream of becoming a journalist and starts her own blog. When she writes of some popular football players using steroids, she wins a prize for the article, but loses popularity through out the school. She soon falls victim to a vicious attack and a letter "T" is carved on her faced, marring her for life as a "traitor". She is literally shunned by the entire school, including some teachers. She refuses to name her attackers, a true journalists move. Even the Principal wants her to transfer schools. But Heather holds her head high and stands her ground. She is determined to stand strong on her beliefs I liked this story a lot. This is something that could happen in real life. We see how Heather is treated for revealing an unpopular truth. How the students and teachers feel the importance in winning athletic awards versus winning journal awards based on honesty.  I highly recommend to (upper) middle school readers, young adult, and adults as well. A well written fantastic story. A must read for all.