Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
MHM Books for Young Readers, 304 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary – Social Issues/Bullying
Age Group: Young Adult
An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
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.
Cheryl, on herself:
I was born in Toronto, ON on Aug 19, 1972. I grew up being abused–I am an incest and a ritual abuse survivor–and a big part of the way I coped was through reading books. I also wrote a lot, and created art; all of those things helped me escape.
I am a survivor, a feminist, and queer, and I am an avid book reader and book lover. I both write and create art. I live with my little dog, Petal, in Toronto.