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Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Brave memoir about HIV offers new perspective and hope.

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The young memoirist manages to educate readers about HIV and AIDS as well as the devastating effects of bullying in her poignant account.

The narration sometimes feels more like a speech than a story ("What is this thing we do, I wonder, this all-too-common human tendency to attack other people, or to pile on to attacks?"). But as readers follow her personal journey from middle school target to activist, they will be touched by her mature belief that her painful experiences eventually led her to a richer life -- and her commitment to help others.

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