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Will the Courageous: A Story about Sexual Abuse
What is wrong with Will?
Will is a typical six-year-old boy: he loves to tell "knock-knock jokes", collect bugs, and play
with other kids. On most school days, Will goes to Nana Winnie's until his mom returns from work.
Will enjoys having his Nana as a babysitter. Recently, Nana's cousin Perry has come to visit and
suddenly Will no longer wants to go there. He starts having nightmares, acting out in school and
wetting his bed. Will's parents are worried. What is wrong with Will?
Experts Acclaim for Will the Courageous
"As a parent, what should you do if your daughter or son told you that she or he had been sexually abused by someone? The
subject of this book is certainly not a pleasant thing to read or talk about, but it is definitely one that needs to be discussed.
Author Amy Barth, who has an extensive background in social work, deals with her material in a delicate and age-appropriate
way. Amy Barth's books would be an excellent resource to encourage any child who has experienced sexual abuse. It could
also be used in controlled situations to introduce the topic in an effort to instruct children how to avoid becoming a sexual
--Wayne S. Walker,
Home School Book Review
"Will the Courageous supports important issues regarding sexual abuse that may arise in a young person's life. Written
like a comforting letter from a survivor, the young reader will become aware of the importance and safety to report
any encounters. The book is simply written and in understandable terms for any 6 to 9-year old. The information is
concise, yet heartening and loving. Will the Courageous should be read with a parent present to encourage dialog about
this significant subject."
--Irene Watson, author of
The Sitting Swing
"Will the Courageous relates a story that reconfirms what I have observed over many years. Abused children, male or
female, universally believe that it is their fault. Their self-image is mangled; they need to tell the truth; and they must
get help from someone who knows how to treat such an injury to the soul."
--Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, PhD Author of
Am I Bad? Recovering From Abuse
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From the Growing with Love Series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com
JUV039210 Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Sexual Abuse