Devil's Toenail by Sally Prue

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A bullied boy is lured by the dark power of revenge in this haunting fantasy by the author of COLD TOM.

Stevie, 13, has started at a new school and is desperate for acceptance. Like any teenager, he is self-conscious and embarrassed by his family. But he also hates himself for being cruelly bullied at his old school, and he will do anything to be accepted by bullies here rather than be their victim. Then he finds an odd fossil called a Devil's Toenail, which fills him with an almost evil sense of daring. The Devil's Toenail's tauntings and urgings to take revenge on the world are relentless, but in the end, Stevie discovers that believing in himself is what brings true power and happiness.
 

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Published November 1, 2002 by Oxford University Press. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Stevie alternately yields to and resists its baleful influence, he also divulges shocking information: he is badly disfigured and still traumatized from being set on fire by kids at his former school.

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Still there's a part of him that is hanging on to the real world, and several heart-stopping incidents bring him harshly into reality --- a reality that allows him to see who he really is and the hard work he will have to do to be truly himself.

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