Freddie O’Reilly prays for the day her father will love her like every other father loves their kids. Until then she must endure his cold shoulder, thunderous voice, and cruel abuse. In the meantime she’s just trying to grow-up like most kids did in the 1967 Alaskan frontier. Leaning on the love of her older brother, David, she soon discovers he’s to disappoint her too. As her father cuts her off from her closest friends, she must turn to her mother for comfort, but will her mother be there when she needs her most? Only God knows.
Elisa Maria Crites paints a painful and poignant story of a family torn by anger and abuse. Freddie’s longing pulls at your heart while Ms. Crites’ Alaskan backdrop stretches your imagination. Ms. Crites takes great care in treating sensitive subjects in a clear, yet unoffensive manner for teen and tween readers. Be warned, Freddie’s story may inspire you to reach out to children who live with abuse daily.
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