UNUSUAL SUBJECT MATTER: Hansen’s Disease is increasingly rare, but still affects 250,000 people worldwide, and infection source and transmission is still being studied. Armadillos are carriers.
UP-AND-COMING AUTHOR: Ashley Little’s previous books have garnered increasing attention, positive reviews and award nominations. With her biting prose and unflinching observations, she’s one to watch.
UNIQUE VOICE: Abby is infuriating, funny, oblivious and sharp—she’s a memorable character dealing with upheaval and major life change in a funny and real way.
ROMANCE: Abby meets a handsome cadet at a boot camp for troubled teens in the same facility.
RELATABLE: Abby will be familiar to all readers, either as an obnoxious popular kid or a familiar friend. Either way, readers will be compelled by her journey.
EXIT, PURSUED BY BEAR by E.K. Johnston meets FIRECRACKER by David Iserson.
PRAISE FOR Confessions of a Teenage Leper:
“An unusual twist on the typical sick teenager story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Authentically depicts the realities of Hansen’s Disease, but also traces Abby’s development from shallow and mean to thoughtful and caring. The novel will provide teen readers with meaningful questions about the true meaning of beauty.”—Recommended, CM Magazine
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