Monday, May 4, 2020

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart - ESSENTIAL

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart, 384 pages. Delacorte (Random), 2019. $19.

Language: G (5 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG (some teen drinking); Violence: G (some bullying)



Once Ava had a mom, a dad, a best friend cousin Sara. That was a year ago. Now she has a big toe as a thumb, a claw for the other hand, a patchwork of skin grafts all over her body and face. She was the only one to survive the fire.  Her loving aunt and uncle, Sara’s parents, have been with her through the whole ordeal, moving Ava from rural Utah to Salt Lake City to recover. The doctors and her therapist says that it's time for Ava to go back to living.  Ava promises she will give it two months – she can keep her head down and get out in two weeks.  She didn’t count on meeting Asad, a kind, clueless, guy who won’t stop talking to her.  Nor could she have predicted Piper – a wheelchair-bound victim of a car accident, caused by her former best friend Kenzie. Nor does she anticipate finding her singing voice again and her love for theater.  Her patchworked body and her patchworked soul may be patched together strong enough to survive.

Shame on me for not reading this when I first received it!  My heart sang as I listened to Ava and to Piper both struggle to regain their lives.  You will love this! Bonus for me – Erin lives in Salt Lake City – so Utah HS librarians – she’s probably available for school visits!!

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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