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Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Stained/9780547942087#sthash.SCCLpEf9.dpuf
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Stained/9780547942087#sthash.SCCLpEf9.dpuf

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Nov 15, 2013
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Copyright © 2013 by Cheryl Rain󿬁eldAll rights reserved. For inormation about permission to reproduce selections rom this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.Harcourt is an imprint o Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.www.hmhbooks.comext set in Minion Pro
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Rain󿬁eld, C. A. (Cheryl A.)Stained / Cheryl Rain󿬁eld.pages cmSummary: A teenaged girl bullied or her port-wine stain must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horri󿬁c abuse at the hands o a deranged killer.ISBN 978-0-547-94208-7[1. Sexual abuse — Fiction. 2. Kidnapping — Fiction. 3. Survival — Fiction. 4. Body image — Fiction. 5. Beauty, Personal — Fiction. 6. Birthmarks — Fiction. 7. Psychopaths — Fiction.] I. itle.󰁰󰁺7.󰁲1315󰁳󰁴 2013[Fic] — dc232012047540Manuactured in the United States o AmericaDOC 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 14500432887
 
Today is the day
I’ve been waiting or my entire lie the beginning o normal. I reach or the latest
Seventeen
 and 󿬂ip through its glossy pages until I 󿬁nd the perect ace. Te girl is pretty, with wide green eyes, hollow cheekbones, and ull, pouty lips. But what I notice most is her smooth, unblemished skin. It’s perect. I cut the photo out and stick it above my bed, in the last o the space. Now I can’t even see the sunlight yellow o my walls — but the con󿬁dence that shines in these aces is even brighter. And today I’m going to get so much closer to that. I don’t care how much the treatments hurt; it’ll be worth it. It can’t hurt as much as the stares and rude comments I get every day. I know I shouldn’t let people’s ignorance get to me. Moms always telling me I’m beautiul; that it’s what’s inside that counts. But she’s not living in the real world. Sure, whether you’re kind or good matters. But pretty people automatically get better
SARAH
8:00 a.m.

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