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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.8n/a
Twelve-year-old Kelley is afraid she'll never be part of the "normal" world again, for a terrible car accident has left her face, leg, and hand badly burned. Waking up in the hospital disoriented and in agony, she can't remember the details of the accident. But the details of recovery soon become painfully clear to her-skin-graft operations, uncomfortable dressings, torturous hand exercises, and debridement. But worst of all is having to wear a plastic mask for at least a year so her facial skin won't grow back puffy and hard. How will she ever face the world again and make people, as her physical therapist says, "see a face first, then a mask"?

In this riveting story of a young girl's struggle to recover from catastrophic burns, Kelley discovers many things about herself, including a talent she never knew she had. Most important, she learns that although a face is the first thing one sees, a second impression can make all the difference. The author of the highly acclaimed Autumn Journey takes us on another life-changing journey-one of determination, courage, and survival.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on March 1, 2001 by Dutton Juvenile
ISBN-10: 0525465227
ISBN-13: 9780525465225
5 Book Reviews
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  • xnataliax
    xnataliaxSunday, April 19, 2015 at 11:06 am55 stars
    It was a great book! I loved it. Two thumbs up!
    • nuha-ali
      nuha-aliMonday, June 30, 2014 at 9:05 am
      I want to read this book. Sounds interesting. Are any other books by this author good? If so, which ones would you recommend? Thanks in advance x
      • xnataliax
        xnataliaxSunday, April 19, 2015 at 11:06 am55 stars
        It is a great book!
      • tashadtasha
        tashadtashaTuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm55 stars
        YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!! It was such a great book..It's about a girl that got in a car accident. In the accident her face gets a third degree burn.
        • cats123344
          cats123344Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:26 am55 stars
          this girl has gone in and out of many surgeries. trying to hold on to hope, she battles her fears as she remembers.