Baby Help

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Melissa doesn't consider herself abused-Rudy only hits her occasionally when he's drinking-until she realizes the effect his abuse is having on their child. Finally Melissa leaves Rudy, and she and Cheyenne go to the shelter for battered women. As difficulties with group living arise, however, she misses the good times with Rudy. The clarity of Melissa's decision soon fades, and she finds herself again in a dangerous situation, more trapped than ever before.

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Overview

Melissa doesn't consider herself abused-Rudy only hits her occasionally when he's drinking-until she realizes the effect his abuse is having on their child. Finally Melissa leaves Rudy, and she and Cheyenne go to the shelter for battered women. As difficulties with group living arise, however, she misses the good times with Rudy. The clarity of Melissa's decision soon fades, and she finds herself again in a dangerous situation, more trapped than ever before.

Because her partner continues to abuse her, seventeen-year-old Melissa takes their young child and goes to a shelter for battered women where she begins the healing process.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Life isn't easy for teen mom Melissa Fisher. But Melissa plans to graduate from high school and give her twenty-month-old daughter, Cheyenne, a happy home life with Cheyenne's father, Rudy. She even dreams of marriage and moving out of the crowded apartment they share with Rudy's mother. Her dreams are shattered when her boyfriend, who "only hits her when he's drinking," treats their baby roughly. Melissa's escape to a shelter for battered women and children is just the first step on a long journey toward freedom and healing. Although fictional, the situations and characters in this new addition to the "True-to-Life" series from Hamilton High ring true as it chronicles the vicious chain of physical and emotional abuse. While there is some profanity, the story provides a springboard for frank discussions with teens and parents. It is also an excellent resource book for high school family life/health classes.
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Gr 7 UpMelissa, a senior at Hamilton High School, lives with her child, the child's father, and his mother. The teen has convinced herself that Rudy's need to control and abuse her isn't really a problem, but when he turns on their daughter, she knows she must get out and get help. As with Reynolds's other titles, this offering is a bit didactic in its intent to raise the consciousness of readers about pertinent personal and social issues. The author is very successful in creating characters that YAs will relate to and be interested in. The plot development successfully depicts the protagonist's growing awareness of her situation. Her gradual understanding of her personal rights and the increasing severity of the abuse are realistic and familiarize readers with both the emotional and practical issues involved. The dialogue is authentic and is more likely to hold the interest of reluctant readers than nonfiction titles on this topic. The title is repeated throughout as the protagonist's baby's expression of the need to do things for herself, a not-so-subtle message that asks young people to stand up for themselves and take charge of their own futures.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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“Reflects the realities in many women’s lives.” —Reviewer’s Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929777044
  • Publisher: New Wind Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2014
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 969,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author


Marilyn Reynolds has decades of experience working with at-risk students in California alternative schools. She is the author of the True-to-Life from Hamilton High series.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    amazing

    this book was amazing. it reminded me so much of my own life, i would encourage all of you to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Baby Help

    The book Baby Help by Marilyn Reynolds was very good. I like books that are educational but is still fun to read. As I read through it, it made me cry and feel very emotional. Melissa Fisher is a 17-year-old girl who has just had a baby. Melissa and Rudy have been dating for 3 years. Melissa¿s boyfriend, Rudy Whitman, has hurt her in so many ways. Rudy only hits Melissa when he has been drinking. He is very dishonest, abusive and rude toward Melissa and rarely to Cheyenne. Cheyenne is their beautiful baby girl. Melissa thinks that Rudy is the only person that has ever really loved her. Melissa starts going to a peer counseling class, when she learns about abuse. She knows that she isn¿t being abused. Even though she has many scars and bruises she still wonders what going to happen in the future of her and Cheyenne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    Love and Abuse

    This is the most cold-hearted relationship book i've ever read. How would you feel if the person you loved was dishonest, disrespectful, hateful, possessive, abusive, and rude towards you? I actually feel as though I would leave the situation, but Melissa feels as though she's helpless and can't get herself out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    scary, but interesting

    this book was sad. it should teach evryone who is liek the mother to get help themselves. it got me crying inside, and you shoul read it so you can get a feeling of what you are doing or you know someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    When love turns abusive

    this book was really good. It makes you open your eyes to how relationships can turn ugle. I love all of Marylin Renolds books. she write books in such a wonderful way that keeps you interested all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Great Book

    This book was great. It really made me realize things. It tells you a lot and is very educational while still being a fun book to read.

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