About the Book
An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.
Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. On an unremarkable day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. From that moment forward, every day was like walking through a minefield. Paige was never sure when or from where the next text, taunt, or hateful message would come. Then one night, desperate for escape, fifteen-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills.
That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige's memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty—and above all, to be Positive.
Includes twenty-five photos from Paige's personal collection throughout.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
Educator and Librarian Resources
“Rawl and Benjamin deftly capture the mindset of middle schooler Paige with anecdotes that reveal the teen’s innocence and naïveté. They tackle tough subjects such as suicide delicately but honestly. Readers will come away feeling inspired by Rawl’s work as an HIV/AIDS speaker and anti-bullying advocate.” —Kirkus
“This realistic and honest biography of a young woman living with HIV will draw readers in, shedding light on this difficult topic. The book beautifully conveys what it’s like to grow up with HIV, dispelling myths about the virus and imparting useful knowledge.” —School Library Journal
- ISBN: 9780062342515
- ISBN 10: 0062342517
- Imprint: HarperCollins
- On Sale: 08/26/2014
- Pages: 288
- List Price: 23.99 CAD
- BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Bullying
- BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
- BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists