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October 11, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

A girl's struggles toward recovery

Annapolis-based children's author Priscilla Cummings appears at the Crofton Branch Library Saturday to discuss her new book, A Face First, about a 12-year-old burn victim's struggle toward physical and emotional recovery. The talk is geared for kids 10 and older.

In the book, sixth-grader Kelley wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the car accident that sent her there. Her leg is broken, and her hands and face are covered with third-degree burns that require multiple surgeries and painful therapy. But it's not just Kelley's body that needs mending. After she first learns she must wear a mask for a year to help her skin heal properly and then begins to regain her memory and the secrets it holds, Kelley slips into a depression that only introspection and time can alleviate.

Cummings is best known for her animal books, particularly the Chadwick the Crab series about a blue crab with big ideas.

Her discussion of A Face First begins at 11 a.m., 1657 Crofton Centre, 410-222-7915.

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