Shining Scars by Krystian Leonard, illustrated by Lucas Kelly, 32 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780938467724, $16.95
Mom's Choice Award Winner-
Eugene doesn't heed his mother's advice and flies too fast through the galaxy. He crashes into the crescent moon and guess what happens? Follow the adventures of Eugene and how he copes with his new scar.
About the Author
Krystian Leonard is a sophomore in high school and entered her first pageant at age 14. She wrote Shining Scars as a way to reach out to children healing with visible scars. Krystian developed and created her own non-profit organization Shining S.C.A.R.S. at age 15 as a result of the scars she endured. She spends countless hours volunteering and promoting her organization as well as competing in pageantry.
Growing up she experienced first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with visible scars. Healing with visible scars left Krystian feeling damaged and ashamed. She found the strength she needed to overcome her self-image and entered her first beauty pageant at the age of 14. One year later, she summoned the courage to compete in the Miss America Scholarship Organization. As part of her application, Krystian was to choose a platform for which she would become an advocate. She wanted to choose a platform she could be passionate about, and thus Shining S.C.A.R.S. was born. Through her healing campaign for Shining S.C.A.R.S. Krystian has used her personal experience and pain as a way to reach out to others, helping them to accept their scars and learn to love their bodies as they are.
You can find out more about Krystian and Shining S.C.A.R.S. by visiting her website at www.ShiningScars.org or by email at ShiningScars@gmail.com. This website has been designed to assist both children and teens with the healing process. By creating a positive and character building organization it is Krystian’s goal to build an informative community aiding in the healing process.
Krystian has continually proven that beauty is more than skin deep and hopes to help others heal so they, too, can say “no matter what my scars say to you, they hold a meaning of Strength and Character, showing I have Accepted who I am and prove I can Rise above the Stigma.”