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The Healer

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Description

A gorgeous and heartrending novel about love, family, and faith, perfect for fans of Laura Ruby, John Corey Whaley, and Jandy Nelson.

Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But it all comes at a price. Because of her power, she’ll never be able to live a normal life. And the older she gets, the more trapped she feels.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt her power—and herself. Is her gift worth all she must give up to keep it? And who would—or could—she be without it?

“I couldn’t put it down—The Healer is a tonic.”—Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and Hiddensee

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 17, 2018 – With a deep sense of longing and a beautiful coming-of-age undercurrent, Freitas (The Body Market), a PW contributor, presents a stark and emotional tale about growing up as a saint. Marlena Oliveira's entire life has centered on her identity as a Healer. Her touch has the power to cure a variety of afflictions, but she has grown up sheltered, homeschooled, and friendless, forbidden to touch others lest it damage her ability. Her existence has consisted of portraying a saintly image and meeting with the weekly audiences her mother sets up. Now 18, she begins to visit a neuroscientist, Angela, who's interested in studying her brain visits that begin as small rebellions quickly give way to a world of text messaging, bikinis, and boys, including Finn, a young graduate student who captivates Marlena with his intelligence and his smile. Yet Marlena knows that her desire to live a normal life is completely at odds with the responsibilities of her gift, leaving her feeling isolated and stuck. This delicately crafted, heartfelt novel speaks to the rewards and challenges of creating one's own identity. Ages 13 up.
The Healer
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Eighth Grade
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Oct 09, 2018
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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