Baby Help

Baby Help

by Marilyn Reynolds


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ISBN-13: 9781929777044
Publisher: New Wind Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Series: Hamilton High True-to-Life
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marilyn Reynolds is the author of ten books of realistic teen fiction: Shut Up, No More Sad Goodbyes, If You Loved Me, Love Rules, Baby Help, But What About Me?, Beyond Dreams, Too Soon for Jeff and Detour for Emmy, all part of the popular and award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Marilyn is also the author of a book for educators, I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, and a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don't Mean MPH. She has a variety of published personal essays to her credit, and was nominated for an Emmy for the ABC Afterschool Special teleplay of Too Soon for Jeff.
Ms. Reynolds worked with reluctant learners and teens in crises at a southern California alternative high school for thirty years. She remains actively involved in education through author presentations to middle and high school students ranging from struggling readers to highly motivated writers who are interested in developing work for possible publication.
In the introduction to her book on techniques to help reluctant readers (I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me), Marilyn writes: "Over time I came to realize that the greatest gift I could give to my students, many of whom would have no formal schooling after they left [high school], was the gift of a reading habit. Silent reading time became the backbone of my program." She quotes a study in the the Los Angeles Times reporting that the single most significant factor in determining a person's success in life is whether they read for pleasure.

She published her first novel, Telling, with the encouragement of Gloria Miklowitz, a well-known writer of young adult fiction. Telling dealt with molestation, and students at her school became avid readers (and critics) of the manuscript. In the process, "students were developing a critical sense, using literary terms, analyzing character and motivation. And they were paying attention to the specifics of language use."

Encouraged by the experience, she went on to write a realistic novel about teen pregnancy, Detour for Emmy. She believes that "the essence of sustained silent reading has to do with the increased understanding of one's self and the world, of enabling the wounded to heal, the isolated to know they are not alone, the bigoted to see the humanity of others."

Marilyn Reynolds is a passionate advocate of the benefits of writing in addition to reading. She promotes writing through participation in the 916 Ink program, and works with incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. She engages with teens in a local continuation high school, and through visiting schools as an author. She also presents staff development workshops for educators and is often a guest speaker for programs and organizations that serve teens, parents, teachers, and writers.

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Baby Help 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. it reminded me so much of my own life, i would encourage all of you to read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.