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Subject: foster care and child abuse
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 9:07 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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Does anyone know of any non-fiction books on foster care and/or child abuse.  ?

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 9:50 PM ET
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"A Child Called "IT" and "The Lost Boy" by Dave Pelzer are excellent. They tell the story of the author's horrific childhood, the unthinkable abuse he endured at the hands of his mother and the years that followed while he was in foster care. I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but still great reads---heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time.

Subject: Hello
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 8:04 PM ET
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Those are the kinds of books I am looking for. I read both of those. They definately were heartbreaking and inspirational.  Thanks for letting me know though. Can you think of any more?

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:45 AM ET
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They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Birch, totally heartbreaking but ultimately the little boy succeeds


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Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:30 AM ET
Member Since: 11/20/2007
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I just ordered one called "One Child". It looks interesting, it is told by a special-education teacher who has an out-of-control 6 year old in her class, apparently the child's behavior is a result of being abandoned by her mother and abused by her alcoholic father. I haven't read it yet, as I said I just ordered it, but it looks like it will be along the same line as "A Child Called It".

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 3:38 AM ET
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Casey, if that is Torey Hayden's book, it's a very good book and much better writing than the Dave Peltzer books.  Torey Hayden writes wonderfully.


Subject: Torey Hayden
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:07 PM ET
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I would second the recommendation for all of Torey Hayden's works.  She worked with seriously abused and disturbed youth and wrote their stories.  Some of my favorite books of all time, and very easy to read.  She treats the subject matter very seriously and the works aren't sensationalist or tabloidy.

Subject: Torey Hayden are must reads!!
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 8:52 PM ET
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I read alot on this subject. I started with A CHILD CALLED IT and lead on from there. They Cage The Animals At Night was GREAT.Damaged by Cathy Glass was hard to put down read it in like 2 days.If you are a member of bookmooch and goodreads you could check out alll my wish list and to reads there is tons of books like that listed on them. I would also reccomend looking at my WL here and my reminder list if it is accessable....Everytime I here of one of these books I add it to one of those lists. Happy Hunting!



Date Posted: 2/6/2009 8:31 PM ET
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I never heard of Bookmooch or Goodreads, so thank you. I will definately check both of them out. All the books mentioned above, I have read. They were all good.

Subject: Book about child-abuse and the occult...
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:39 PM ET
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This is a book about child abuse in dark occultic circles, it's entitled, "Michelle Remembers".  A must read for anyone interested in Psychology, Cults, Child-Abuse, and true crime...

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 9:43 PM ET
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When Rabbit Howls.  I can't remember the author though.  I read this several years ago and it still lingers in my mind.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 12:32 PM ET
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Broken By Shy Keenan just finished it...I thought it was very much worth my time to read it. With so many books out there on the subject its hard to find ones that actually seem like it could be true.This one does..

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 1:00 AM ET
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"A Death in White Bear Lake" by Barry Siegel is a non-fiction book that I recommend highly. It's about a woman who adopts, abuses, and eventually murders a 3 year old boy and gets away with it for over 20 years. I've read quite a few true crime books, but this one will make an impression!

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