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Becoming Anna: The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old, 1st by Anna J. Michener

By Anna J. Michener

Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the 1st 16 years within the lifetime of Anna Michener, a tender lady who fought a painful conflict opposed to her abusive family members. categorized "crazy woman" for a lot of her adolescence, Anna suffered actual and emotional harm by the hands of the adults who have been imagined to love and guard her. devoted to numerous psychological associations by way of her relations, at 16 Anna used to be eventually in a position to get away her chaotic domestic existence and input a foster domestic. As an attempt towards restoration and self-affirmation in addition to a strong plea on behalf of alternative abused young children, Anna wrote this memoir whereas the adventure was once clean and the sentiments have been nonetheless uncooked and unhealed. Her tale is a robust story of survival.

"A teen's uncooked, in-your-face chronicle of occasions virtually as they have been occurring. As such, it really is unforgettable. . . . Michener's tale provides voice to the hundreds of thousands of kids and youth trapped in 'the system,' biding their time until eventually their 18th birthdays. A candid and unstinting tell-all."—Kirkus Reviews

"Extraordinary. . . . Michener's expressive writing does justice to an issue that's essentially very hectic to her in my opinion and communicates a profoundly very important message on behalf of all abused and missed children."—Booklist

"An vital booklet, painful to learn, yet crucial if different youngsters in comparable occasions are to be saved."—Library Journal

"An blameless kid's account of sixteen years in hell and of the bad wrongs inflicted on teenagers who're with no rights or worrying advocates."—Choice

"[Michener] emerges as a compelling and brave suggest for kids and their welfare—she's a tender author with a rare voice."Feminist bookshop News

"Quite easily the most effective, such a lot compelling, well-written autobiographies released in years. . . . consider the identify. we've not heard the final of Anna Michener."—Myree Whitfield, Melbourne Herald-Sun, hide story

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He had a big pot belly that hung over his belt and black hair and steel-blue eyes that held no emotion. " Inside there was a cafeteria-like bar and four small tables. I was given a tray and motioned to sit at one of those tables, all empty at the time. Biff sat across from me and glared at me. Of course I could not eat a bite. I simply sat stunned in my chair, unable to even cry. " It was the first thing I had said since I had come to the ward, hours and hours ago. My throat was raw and my voice sounded strange in the empty, quiet room.

I made myself stop crying, but I couldn't stop my teeth from chattering. Behind that bank drive-through counter in the middle of the long hall was the ward office, where the patients' charts were kept. The office wall was half Plexiglas so that if the doors to the office were shut, the staff could still see the patients and the patients could not hear what the staff was saying. Patients were not supposed to enter the office for any reason. " It was a medium-sized room with a television and a stereo on the left (which could be turned on only at certain times and with a staff member's permission) and a Ping-Pong table on the right.

But when no one was looking for an instant, or our hands were below a piece of furniture, Jake would take my hand in his. I liked this because his hands were always warm. How on earth he stayed warm in that constantly freezing place I don't know. Sometimes Jake would try to touch me in other places. I would just push him away. He would look like that was rather amusing, but he would never try what I pushed him away for again. During our joint stay at the Magna Carta adolescent ward we spent a lot of time in the bay window at the back of the dayhall together, talking.

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