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Annabelle's Secret: A Story about Sexual Abuse

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Annabelle has a secret. When she was seven years old, she was approached by a neighborhood boy and invited into a "secret club." Unfortunately, this ... Show synopsis

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Pamela O

Positive Book

by Pamela O on Mar 17, 2011

I decided to read Annabelle?s Secret to my children (aged 8 and 10) this week. I thought it was an important topic that we should cover again. I also liked the fact that instead of me telling my children about inappropriate touches and behaviors, I was able to read them a story that had characters that they could relate to. The plot in Annabelle?s Secret follows Annabelle from the age of 7 through 14. Annabelle was touched inappropriately by a neighborhood boy. The story tells her point of view and the issues that she experienced. It also encourages children to tell someone they trust. I think Amy Barth did a wonderful job at telling a story that many shy away from. I think that Amy?s writing is appropriate for younger children, as far as comprehension. However, the book was quite lengthy and I?m not sure younger children would be able to follow along by themselves. I actually think this is a good thing, because I feel like this is a topic best approached with adults because there will certainly be questions that follow. That being said, older or mature children would have no problems reading this book. I personally feel that Annabelle?s Secret is great for younger children, through teens. When children are abused, age doesn?t play a factor and it?s our responsibility to give children the knowledge they need. If we continue to make the topic taboo, children of any age will be too afraid to come forward if something like this should happen to them. I appreciate the honesty that this story deals with. I think that Amy covered quite a few of the issues that one might experience and the prolonged affects of sexual abuse. I would definitely recommend this book to others who are looking to educate children. One of my favorite quotes in this book is the last one which reads, ?I?m just wonderfully me!? Annabelle has learned that she can cope with what happened to her with the support from others. Bravo Amy. Many kudos to you for stepping up and approaching this head on with such a positive story.

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