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Posted July 31, 2012
That was so sad ! I remember when I see kids crying at school and when I ask they what happen they always tell me that someone in there family died I would run to the bathroom and cry because it really hurts. I fill bad for Billy and any kid that is going through this just know that your not alone many kids go through it Im sorry and please all the kids that are not in foster care lets all help kids that are like not making fun of them and being nice to then please for the sake of God be nice to the poor children that don't have a home. Thank you for reading this and thank you so much to any body that will try to help.
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Posted March 9, 2014
Billy Had To Move is not a story about a kid coping with moving away from the place he grew up. It has that element to it, but there is so much more to it. Billy enters the foster system at the beginning of this story when his grandma and sole care giving dies unexpectedly. He has lived with his grandma since his mom stopped being able to take care of him. Social Services moved him there and then his mother disappeared. Now he has to be put in the foster care system because no one can find his mom to see if she is finally able to take care of Billy. Billy loses more than his grandma. He loses his home, school, and cat. He is placed with a family who has a little baby. The baby is his first step in healing since she likes Billy right from the start. Anyway, he ends up developing an anxiety disorder partly due to not understanding what is happening. He kind of understands what it means for his grandma to be dead, but he doesn't understand the concept of a funeral or why his mom hasn't been found. With time he learns to accept living with his foster family, but still can't stop the headaches, stomach aches, and nightmares he suffers from his anxiety. Being a ward of the state has an advantage though. The social worker that placed him in this home puts them in contact with a psychiatrist that specializes with kids that have suffered loss. She shows him how to play in order to vent his feelings, i.e. a coping mechanism.
I enjoyed the book and felt like it put the situation into something kids could understand. It is meant for slightly older kids in my opinion though. The pages have a lot of text on them. There is a lot to read. I think that it turns a scary situation into something that shows kids that it can turn out ok. It doesn't make them think "Happily Ever After" but at least they see that they could be happy.
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Posted October 25, 2011
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