Sarah thinks she knows what fear is--until she's abducted. Now she must find a way to rescue herself.
Seventeen-year-old Sarah Meadows covers the walls of her bedroom with images of beautiful faces she clips from magazines--and longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, and bullying, and disgust. Why can't she be like Diamond, the comic-book hero she created? Diamond would never let the insults in. That's harder for Sarah.
But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had. Can she look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside, somehow becoming a hero rather than a victim? It's the only way Sarah will have any chance of escaping the prison--both seen and unseen--that this deranged killer has placed around her.
"Rainfield (Scars) imbues Sarah’s story with heartfelt emotion that resonates as much as Sarah’s fighting spirit inspires." —Publisher's Weekly
"Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status." —Kirkus
"Stained was an exciting, action-packed story that kept my heart racing the entire time. Every chance I had, I was reading this book. I felt drawn into the book, like I was actually in it. I felt like it was me clawing at the boards on the windows until my fingers bled. ... This is a wonderful book that all teens will enjoy." —Michaela B., age 14, teen reviewer in School Library Journal
"Cheryl Rainfield‘s taut YA thriller STAINED is the relentless, gripping story of a painfully self-conscious teenager who’s kidnapped by an acquaintance. STAINED...is eye-opening, and nearly anyone who reads it will have a new understanding of what captivity might have been like for real hostages and kidnapping victims." —Claire Martin in The Denver Post
"Sarah’s determination to survive and return to the life she didn’t appreciate may inspire in her readers a more healthy obsession, one that keeps them up through the night devouring her amazing account in one sitting. GET IT ON YOUR SHELF: If you...
Enjoy a heroine with strong, clear goals and the backbone to reach them