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A Face First
By Priscilla Cummings

Publisher: Dutton
Published: March 2001
ISBN: 0525465267
Retail Price: $16.99
Our Net Price: $11.05

Pages: 208
Ages: 8-12
Lexile: 680

Publisher: Puffin
Published: Feb 2003
ISBN: 0142302473
Retail Price: $6.99
Our Net Price: $4.55

Publisher Synopsis:

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.


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