Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman
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Cara is so ugly, mirrors would rather break than show her reflection. Not even her own parents can deny her ugliness, and nothing can make up for the cruelty of her schoolmates. Tormented and tortured by the shallow people of Flock’s Rest, Cara’s life is miserable. Then Cara receives a shimmering note from some exotic place suggesting that there’s more to her than meets the eye. Cara wonders if her destiny has something to do with her recurring dreams of a beautiful green valley where the people are so accepting, her ugliness doesn’t matter. Soon, Cara discovers that her valley of dreams is real. It’s a place where the ugliest of ducklings can become swans. A swan, however, can have a serious taste for revenge . . . deadly revenge.

About Neal Shusterman

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Neal Shusterman, New York Times bestselling author, has written more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including Full Tilt, The Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, and Everfound), Unwind, UnWholly, Bruiser, and The Schwa Was Here, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction. Several of his books are now in development as feature films. Neal lives in Southern California when he’s not travelling the globe, and can be found online at
Published April 5, 2007 by Speak. 217 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction

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Cara De Fido, unfortunate in more than just name, is so hideously plain that her face literally shatters mirrors and camera lenses—her cruel, jeering peers in the town of Flock’s Rest dub her the “Flock’s Rest Monster.” Her simmering resentment comes to a boil after a mysterious note sends her ou...

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