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McCormick, Patricia.
Ashville, NC : Front Street, 2000.
ISBN 1886910618

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Sea Pines -- AKA Sick Minds -- is Callie's temporary home.  Her mother brought her here to get some help.  Since she's been here, Callie has not spoken a word.  She thinks she may want to speak but she's afraid.  Afraid that the others will learn her secret.  The others consist of girls suffering from anorexia, substance abuse and other emotional problems.  Each day they meet for group and talk, talk, talk.  Callie just can't.  She can't even talk to her psychiatrist.  She wants to but the words won't come out.  When Amanada arrives at Sick Minds, she is assigned to the group.  When she announces to the group that her "problem" is that she enjoys cutting herself, Callie is horrified at the reaction of the other girls.  They are repulsed at Amanada's behavior.  After all, how could anyone deliberately cut themselves and cause such horrid scars?  How will the girls react when they find out that is exactly what Callie does?  How can she explain the power she feels when she does this?  How can they understand the feeling of the CUT?

Booktalk #2

This is a story about how a girl can not find a way to deal with her stress. She cuts herself to feel better. Her parents put her into a hospital so that she can get help. One night she runs away. Will she continue to get the help she needs or will the cutting continue on?  (Stephanie Gerrietts,, college student)

SUBJECTS:     Self-mutilation -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Psychiatric hospitals -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.


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