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Cry Softly!; The Story of Child Abuse

Cry Softly!; The Story of Child Abuse

by Margaret O. Hyde

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Gr 5 Up In her revision of the 1980 title, Hyde discusses the various forms of abusephysical (including neglect), sexual, and emotionaland provides non-sensational examples of each. She includes stress and parental kidnapping as newer forms of child abuse. Three chapters are devoted to an extensive history of child abuse. The final two chapters discuss what young adults and adults can do to prevent child abuse. Hyde's ``Suggestions for Further Reading,'' which includes both fiction and nonfiction, is one of the best lists available. This edition is more specific than the original title, with newer statistics, more examples, and a longer list of helping agencies. Elaine Landau's Child Abuse (Messner, 1985) is written for the same age group and contains much of the same information in a similar format. The major difference is that while Landau discusses adolescent abuse, the runaway, and suicidal reactions, she does not cover the history of child abuse. Both are excellent report books and smooth reading for browsers. Cry Softly! is especially appropriate for teens who are interested in community involvement, since Hyde recommends several ways in which individuals can help prevent child abuse. Karen Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library

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Westminster John Knox Press
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