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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, she has been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust all her life. 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.

Editorial Reviews

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!”

April Henry, New York Times bestselling author 

“Rainfield imbues Sarah’s story with heartfelt emotion that resonates as much as Sarah’s fighting spirit inspires…Sarah’s refusal to be a victim will stick with readers.”

Publishers Weekly

“A teen beaten down by peer bullying finds inner strength when she is abducted and held against her will…Sarah’s determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status.” 

Kirkus Reviews

Stained is dark, tense, and gripping; a triumph of one girl’s heart, soul, and will to survive. Sarah’s strength during her descent into terror kept me reading way past bedtime!”

Laura Wiess, critically acclaimed author of Such a Pretty Girl

“A compelling, gutting, and ultimately triumphant read. You won’t want to stop turning pages—or blink, or breathe—until you reach the very last one.”

Jennifer Brown, award-winning author of Hate List

Author Biography

Cheryl Rainfield writes realistic edgy fiction for teens, fantasy for children, and some nonfiction articles for adults. She edits and critiques children’s and teen fiction, and on her website she reviews a wide variety of children’s and young adult books. In addition to writing, Cheryl is also a talented artist. She lives in Toronto with her dog, Petal.

Reader Biography

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

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