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"In addition to Megan's PTSD, this text tackles tough topics including homophobia, complicated family dynamics, alcoholism and death without flinching or sugarcoating. Told through the perspective of a well-defined and likable protagonist, this text shines a bright light on the importance of mental health" -- Kirkus

"Although the circumstances of Megan's trauma are narrow, the implications of the psychological aftermath have broad applicability; the carefully drawn portrait of her symptoms effectively demonstrates the emotional toll that trauma exacts on survivors and the need for a response that goes beyond labels like 'miracle.'" -- BCCB


"Scott (Living Dead Girl) offers a remarkable portrait of the isolation and struggle of post-traumatic stress disorder... A painful story of being changed, but not destroyed by a trauma." --Publishers Weekly

"Scott crafts a realistic portrait of a teen suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.... Fans of stories about teens who overcome emotional damage...will immerse themselves in the finely told tale of unimaginable tragedy." --Booklist

From the Author

Me and PTSD, or how I wrote a book about it without knowing I had it:
I don't like writing about having PTSD. I feel a constant need to apologize for having it because I haven't been in combat or the victim of a violent crime. My therapist says this is a huge part of why I refused to see what was happening for so long. 
I suspect she's right.
In 2003, about a week after I'd gone from being the only allergy-free person in my immediate family to the one with more allergies than all of them combined, I had my first run-in with anaphylaxis. 
The culprit? 
Food.
For a few days after my trip to the ER, I would make myself something to eat, but within a few bites, I'd have to stop because I was sweating and shaking and convinced I could feel an itch forming in my throat. 
Then I realized if I didn't eat, I'd be totally safe because if I didn't eat, I wouldn't die.
So I stopped eating.
I woke up two days later in the middle of the night, sweating and screaming. I passed out trying to get up. My husband and parents (who'd come up while I was in the ER) forced me to eat two tablespoons of sugar and the next morning, I found myself headed toward my parents' home, where I spent the next six weeks learning to eat again. 
It was hell. I wept the first time I ate a bite of chicken. I curled up in a ball on the floor for an hour after eating half a cup of rice. I was so sure I was going to die, but as the weeks went by, I gradually realized I wouldn't die if I ate foods I wasn't allergic to.
I ate a very restricted diet for three years after that, and eventually managed to get into the high double digits of things I would eat without fear. I learned to act like I didn't care that I was allergic to so many things, and it didn't take very long for me to believe it.
It wasn't until I started seeing a therapist in 2011 that I realized I wasn't okay with what had happened. In fact, when I decided to have full allergy testing done again in early 2012 and found myself having nightmares, I kept wondering why I was so scared. I'd had the testing before. It took a while, sure, but it wasn't painful.
My therapist told me that I wasn't afraid of the testing, but that I was very afraid of what might happen afterward because of what had happened before. And after she asked me to talk about what had happened, she showed me a checklist for PTSD symptoms and I found out--nearly nine years later--that I have PTSD.
I'm not nearly as aware or as brave as Megan is, but I've come to see that when I wrote Miracle, it was my subconscious screaming at me to see what was going on inside me. I've always sworn I'd never write about myself or anyone I know, but it turns out that Miracle is the most personal thing I've ever written. It just took me a long time to realize it. 
If you or anyone you know has undergone a traumatic experience of any kind, please visit nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/what-are-the-symptoms-of-ptsd.shtml to learn more and make sure you get the help you need.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442417064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442417069
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I've had a bunch of jobs over the years--I've sold pantyhose, hardware, and once spent three days burning cds during the dot.com boom (worst. job. ever.)--but hands down, writing is the best! You can read lots more about my books at my website, http://www.elizabethwrites.com

Customer Reviews

All that served in a form of a small, 200-pages long book.
Evie Seo
I've read 3 of Elizabeth Scott's book including this one and I've noticed how truthful & striking she writes her stories.
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Megan is uncomfortable with all the attention and begins to feel more like an idea than a person.
Emily (Book Jems)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you had a chance to read Elizabeth Scott's previous book, Living Dead Girl, you're well aware of just what this author is capable of. Raw, painfully vivid emotions. Powerful, haunting images. Heart-wrenching tragedies. Overwhelming intensity. And a stunning, but also very disturbing look into the darkest corners of the human heart and mind. All that served in a form of a small, 200-pages long book. A book that will devastate you! While Miracle is not as disquieting and depressing as Living Dead Girl, it definitely packs a strong punch for fans of dark, heartbreakingly honest, sweepingly poignant books.

Megan wakes up in a hospital bed. She has no recollection of what happened to her, all she knows is that she's in pain and her parents are acting very weird. Her mom keeps on calling her a miracle, and acting like all of a sudden her daughter became someone else entirely, someone who needs to be watched over and protected at all times. When she learns that she was in a plane crash, at first she can't believe it. She doesn't remember a thing. Was she really on a plane? What happened? So many questions and no answers. When she learns that she was the only one who survived the crash, she knows she should be happy to be alive. Instead, all she feels is numbness. She doesn't think she's a miracle. She doesn't even feel like she's alive. Is she alive? Or is her body lying somewhere in the woods, slowly rotting away? And then the flashes from the crash start bombarding her brain, paralyzing her body and mind even further. Everyone is treating her like she's the thinnest, most fragile piece of glass that could shutter to pieces any moment. And Megan? Megan just doesn't feel anything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have heard nothing but good things about Elizabeth Scott. Every time one of her books comes out, it seems like every blogger has nothing but good things to say about it. I always make a note to pick up one of her books, yet I never had. MIRACLE may be Scott's eleventh novel, but it's my first time reading one of her books. And I feel guiltier than ever for putting it off so long.

MIRACLE is what people call Megan. Megan walked away from a plane crash that left everybody else aboard dead. They'd already told her parents she was dead by the time she emerged. No one can do anything but stare at her and wonder, and talk about what a miracle it was she survived. No one notices that Megan feels like the exact opposite of a miracle. Except for Margaret, an old church lady, David, her brother, and Joe, the boy next door.

The characterization in MIRACLE is amazing. You can't hate anyone for not noticing Megan's trauma. Her parents are blinded by their relief and joy. And while it's tough to see Megan act numb or hateful or haunted, her point of view remains absorbing throughout the story. I rooted for her to survive and get the help she needed. Fortunately, Margaret and Joe do see her before she really hits the downward slope. David, meanwhile, sees her but reacts in the manner of a younger brother who can't understand why his parents are acting so differently.

MIRACLE is emotionally draining. I cried, just a little, a couple of times while reading. But in the end it's a cathartic experience. I'm not the biggest fan of sad books, but MIRACLE is lovely. It's a story of trauma, guilt, shame, and healing, beautifully told. Count me among Scott's many fans. (And I promise to read her other books. Eventually.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily (Book Jems) on January 21, 2013
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Elizabeth Scott is one of my favorite authors. I've read every book that she's written because I've found that no matter what genre she writes, I can always be entertained by her prose and characters.

I was super excited to read Miracle because it is a contemporary young adult novel and I personally believe that Elizabeth's writing is best shown in her contemporary novels. To me, it was proven as I read this story.

"When I woke up the sky was burning."

And so begins the story of Megan Hathaway, the sole survivor of a plane crash. I have never been in such a traumatic state as she, but I found myself believing in Megan's feelings, reactions and actions as the novel progressed. My heart went out to her.

I'm a big romance buff. Huge, huge romance buff. Most of the time, I get bored with stories that don't have a large portion of the story about romance. This book had romance, but it didn't play a major role in the story and until the end, it was more about companionship. So while I don't often read books that don't focus on romance, in Miracle's case, I wouldn't have changed a thing. If Ms. Scott had pushed the relationship further, it would've ruined the book. With the state-of-mind that Megan is in, she couldn't have handled it. The relationship would've seemed false and unrealistic.

This book is rough on the heart. I teared up quite a few times. The writing style is what really does you in. The emotion seeps off the page. I quite literally could feel every emotion that Megan did. That's what I love about Ms. Scott's writing - she puts all her effort into the book and carries through a constant prose. I could read her stories all day every day, if she could produce new ones for me all the time!
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