Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 17
- Grade: 8 to 12
- Reading age: 13 to 17
After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes' facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her. After months of hiding out at home, returning to high school feels as daunting to Abby as enduring seven plastic surgeries.
She knows it will be hard to show her new face to the world, but Abby doesn’t expect the level of rejection and hurt she receives, especially from people she thinks are her friends. When the taunts and bullying take a dangerous turn, she has to rediscover the strong, confident person beneath her skin.
About the author
Leanne Baugh has been a waitress, receptionist, teacher, stay-at-home mom and a screenwriter. A few years ago she fell in love with writing fiction, and now is finishing her third Young Adult novel. Leanne is passionate about books, films, beach walks and hummingbirds. When she isn't at home in Victoria, B.C., she's off travelling the world.
- Commended, The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens
Baugh handles Abby's recovery, and the changes in her life, with considerable sensitivity and grace.
Quill & Quire
Leanne Baugh's book will grab the heart and feelings of any young adult reading it.
Canadian Children's Booknews
"Leanne Baugh gives her young adult audience an exceptional protagonist in Abby. ... Like Abby, we should all show ourselves and one another a little more love."
CM Magazine - Highly Recommended
A poignant and inspiring character portrait, Abby’s story will resonate with anyone who has survived a traumatic event.