Cheryl Rainfield








Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2013






Cheryl Rainfield Hunted

Westside, December 2011

Fitzhenry & Whiteside (Canada), October 2011

Shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for SF and Fantasy














Cheryl Rainfield Scars Cutting

Westside Books, March 2010

2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist

A finalist for Canada’s 2010 Governor Generals Award

The #1 Pick for ALA/YALSA’s Books for Reluctant Readers

Nominated for a Stonewall award, & for ALA's Rainbow List





Cheryl Rainfield is a writer of realistic, edgy teen fiction, as well as fantasy.  Her book, Scars, was a finalist for Canada’s 2010 Governor Generals Award, and was the #1 pick on YALSA’s list of  Books for Reluctant Readers.   A self-described book-a-holic, Cheryl edits and critiques teen and children’s fiction. She is also an accomplished artist who lives in Toronto with her dog, Petal, and her cat, Amazon. You can visit Cheryl at:

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STAINED - forthcoming November 2013

In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on her way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that - or succumb to a killer.

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Caitlyn, 15, a Paranormal, is on the run with her mom, trying to stay one step ahead of the ParaTroopers who would enslave her just like anyone who has powerful psychic abilities. Attempting to have somewhat of a normal life, Caitlyn and her mom hide in plain sight, living in a seedy hotel in a big city, where Caitlyn hopes to blend in by enrolling at the local high school. She secretly fights back against government oppression by blogging about equal rights for all Paras, protecting herself by signing them Teen Para. When she discovers her long ago kidnapped brother Daniel at school she s elated, but is saddened to find he s controlled by the government ParaTroopers as a Para-slave. As Para Cleansing Day nears, increasing numbers of Paras are turned in to the authorities and things grow tenser and more dangerous, especially at school. When a group robs a bank and threatens Normals, the shadow of guilt is cast on Teen Para. A killer, the Para Reaper, secretly goes hunting for Paras to drain the life out of them. Despite everything, Caitlyn befriends a Normal girl, Rachel, who is a Para sympathizer, and falls for a cute classmate, Alex, also a Normal, who always makes her feel so good whenever he s around. But it s not safe for Paras to date Normals, and it would put Caitlyn in grave danger of being discovered. When ParaTroopers crack down at school after several Paras are discovered, Caitlyn finds herself under increasing scrutiny. Fearing for Caitlyn, her mom is anxious to pack up and bolt, but Caitlyn s growing attachments make her reluctant to leave. Will she evade capture, or will she be caught and turned into a Para Slave? And just who is trying to frame her? A tautly written, suspenseful thrill ride, Hunted will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

"HUNTED's got my vote for the sharpest, most thought-provoking fantasy I've read in a long time." - Adele Griffin, author of Where I Want to Be, National Book Award finalist.



Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.


“Scars is a brave novel, a read-in-one-sitting-except-when-you-have-to-put-it-down-to-breathe novel.”

                                    --- Ellen Hopkins, author of Burned, a National Book Award nominee and                                                     ALA Best Book for Young Adults


This book will be a particular comfort and source of insight for teens facing any of these challenges, but whatever their life experience, they will be on the edge of their seats, rooting for Kendra to unravel the mystery that shadows her life. This is one heck of a good book!

                                                            --- School Library Journal, starred review


“Emotions ring true in this raw and honest thriller/survivor story.”

                                                                         —Publishers Weekly


Scars is a painful and well told story, obiously written with the heart’s blood of the author.  It could prove to be a life-saver for other young victims of abuse and self-harm.

                                                                        --- Lois Duncan