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Riley, Jocelyn Carol
New York : Morrow, 1984
IL 5-8
ISBN 0688038735 
Merle Carlson is a thirteen year old who is sent to live with her grandmother after her mother has a nervous breakdown. There is always yelling and unpleasantness in the home. At school, Merle becomes friends with Jinx who has problems of her own. Jinx is being beaten by both her father and her boyfriend. There are many types of child abuse that can have devastating effects on children. This book explores some of them.
SUBJECTS:     Mentally ill -- Fiction.
                                  Family problems -- Fiction.
                                   Grandmothers -- Fiction.


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