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Grade 4 Up-Young people and adults who were victims of sexual abuse as children tell their powerful stories, exposing the manipulation and shame that trapped and silenced them. They detail the personal and emotional effects of their abuse, and relate how they found help and started toward recovery. Some come from intact families; some from the foster-care system. Some were abused by strangers, others by family members. Some are boys, and some are girls. Their stories are presented without salacious detail, but with straightforward honesty. Foltz follows each individual's account with a brief commentary. She points out common elements of abuse and consistently counsels against remaining silent. Children are urged to find a trusted adult who believes them. Cynthia MacGregor's Stranger Danger, Staying Safe by Saying No, and Staying Safe at Home and On-Line (all Rosen, 1999) cover similar ground in a more instructional manner, without the emphasis on first-person narrative that gives Kids Helping Kids its unique edge.


Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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