Learning to Swim: A Memoir

Learning to Swim: A Memoir

by Ann Turner, Ann Turner


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Learning to Swim: A Memoir by Ann Turner, Ann Turner

A powerful true poetry memoir for anyone who has navigated the troubled waters of childhood and adolescence searching for a way to stay afloat, now in the new POINT.

Unfolding in a series of exquisite narrative poems, this is the haunting true story of a tragic summer in a young girl's life. Annie is supposed to be having a carefree summer -- but instead she must face the unwanted advances of an older boy in the neighborhood, who threatens her if she tells. It isn't until Annie's mother pries out the secret that Annie is released from her horror and isolation and can slowly begin to heal.

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ISBN-13: 9780439528313
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Series: Learning to Swim Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Learning to Swim 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Turner writes such a powerful story using the most simple, yet beautiful words. There is no way for me to describe her inspiring style of writing! I COULD NOT put this book down, and I have recommended it to so many people- all of whom enjoyed it too. I urge you to read this book! It is written in prose poems- and the language is so beautiful and the emotions of her as a little girl... wow! Read it! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book written in free verse poems, Ann Turner's Learning to Swim is the sad story of her as a little girl on a summer vacation being sexually abused by a boy. It is also about not giving up, failure, and the love of a family. It made me overjoyed to see a writer who writes from her heart and soul and tells truthfully just how horrible sexual abuse is. It is a thing ignored a lot in America and in the world. Especially children being abused is ignored. People are to wrapped up in their own lives to care about issues such as this. I think this book should be on the required reading list for at least high school students because it is too good of a book to not have read in your life. I am glad that the message in this book clearly says: Telling is what matters. That statement is so true if you are a victim od sexual abuse.