The Story of My Face

  • Pages:240
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:bear attack, facial disfigurement, injury, drama class, high school bullying
  • Available:09/10/2018
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL690L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+

After being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, seventeen-year-old Abby Hughes' facial scars are all she can think about, and all that she thinks anyone else can see when they look at her. After months of hiding out at home, returning to high school feels as daunting to Abby as enduring seven plastic surgeries. She knows it will be hard to show her new face to the world, but Abby doesn’t expect the level of rejection and hurt she receives, especially from people she thinks are her friends. When the taunts and bullying take a dangerous turn, she has to rediscover the strong, confident person beneath her skin.

"Leanne Baugh gives her young adult audience an exceptional protagonist in Abby. ... Like Abby, we should all show ourselves and one another a little more love."
– CM Magazine - Highly Recommended
Baugh handles Abby's recovery, and the changes in her life, with considerable sensitivity and grace.
– Quill & Quire
A poignant and inspiring character portrait, Abby’s story will resonate with anyone who has survived a traumatic event.
– Booklist
Leanne Baugh's book will grab the heart and feelings of any young adult reading it.
– Canadian Children's Booknews
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