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Author: Rawl, P.
Publisher: Harperteen
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Parent Resource, Teacher Resource


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An honest memoir of one girl who overcomes relentless bullying by choosing to be Positive and becomes an inspiration for those who experience bullying.
Born in Indianapolis on 1994, Paige Rawl was an ordinary girl: cheerleader, soccer player and honour roll student. No one knew she was born HIV positive. Some kids had acne, some had diabetes, she had HIV. That’s what she told her best friend, Yasmine, when they were eleven. Within hours the bullying began. Ignorance, close-mindedness and fear of anything that’s different make the world a cruel place. They called her PAIDS, left cruel notes on her locker and mocked her openly while the adults who should have protected her stood by and told her to stop the drama. In a desperate attempt to escape the cruelty, Paige finds herself in front of the medicine cabinet contemplating suicide. But the story doesn’t end here. Paige finds the strength to fight back. She embarks on a mission to change things for the bullied kids who would follow in her footsteps.
This astonishing memoir is highly recommended for middle and high school students as well as teachers and parents. Paige’s voice is authentic and will engage even the reluctant reader. The additional resources at the end of the book provide a great starting place for those wanting more information on bullying, what’s being done to stop it, facts on HIV and AIDS, as well as where to go for support groups and crisis hotlines.

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