Cynthia Voigt When She Hollers

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When She Hollers

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9780006750598: When She Hollers

Newberry author Cynthia Voigt's searing tale of abuse -- and taking back your life.

Tish has taken enough. She will no longer be abused. She will no longer be passive. So she takes a knife with her wherever she goes. Today is not going to be like any other day. Today is going to be different.

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Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt leaps into new territory with this bold novel--spanning one single, solitary day. It's the day that Tish decides that her stepfather will never touch her again. Voigt takes us nside Tish's terror and courage as she threatens her stepfather with a knife over breakfast and then makes her way to school. Calm and collected on the outside, Tish is bursting inside with fear and rage. How will she ever make it through the day? And what will happen when she gets home from school that day?

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Grade 7 Up-With the first sentence of this searingly honest novel, readers are plunged into the consciousness of a teenage girl who is fighting for her life. Tish's adversary isn't disease or physical injury; instead, it is the devastation of ongoing sexual abuse. The novel spans one day, from the moment at breakfast when she warns her stepfather to stay away from her, to the realization-in the late afternoon-that she can escape his domination. In between, readers travel with Tish through her day in high school, experiencing her rage, helplessness, and blistering humor. Readers who want to go beyond the current headlines will get an accurate and unforgettable picture of domestic tyranny. Nowhere in children's literature is the link between abuse and violence (including teenage suicide) so clearly delineated, nor the mind-bending effects of dissociative defenses so accurately portrayed. Voigt wisely stays away from depictions of the abuse itself. Nonetheless, this book is strong stuff, best read by emotionally mature readers. Be sure to tell guidance counselors about this novel, which contains crucial insights into abusive relationships. The most important of these is Tish's epiphany in which she realizes that her stepfather's power, while nearly absolute at home, is limited to a relatively tiny sphere. She discovers a doorway to the rest of the world and with it her own liberation. This groundbreaking book-like its protagonist-is raw, courageous, and a winner.
Carolyn Polese, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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