Positive: A Memoir

Hardcover | August 26, 2014

byPaige Rawl

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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

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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 ...

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Paige Rawl was an ordinary girl.Cheerleader, soccer player, honor roll student. One of the good kids at her middle school. Then, on an unremarkable day, Paige disclosed the one thing that made her "different": her HIV-positive status.It didn't matter that she was born with the disease or that her illness posed no danger to her classmat...

Paige Rawl is an accomplished speaker and an inspirational figure for the tens of thousands of kids to whom she has spoken. Today, Paige is a national youth advocate, antibullying crusader, and powerful HIV/AIDS educator. Paige has been featured in multiple national media outlets, includingUSA Today,Peoplemagazine,Seventeenmagazine,Nic...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062342517

ISBN - 13:9780062342515

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book was the best book that I've ever read. It really taught me about bullying and HIV-AIDS. This is a must-read for teens. "Positive" is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful read Thie is a book that is worth reading. Paige's story will resonate with anybody that has ever had to live through the awful experience of being bullied. She tells her story with such simplicity and heart it is worth reading to appreciate all that she has learned and experienced. I'm glad I picked up this book.
Date published: 2014-09-19

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“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.”