The Boy From the Basement by Susan Shaw

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For Charlie, the basement is home. He's being punished. He doesn't mean to leave--Father wouldn't allow it--but when Charlie is accidentally thrust outside, he awakens to the alien surroundings of a world to which he's never been exposed. Though haunted by fear of the basement and his father's rage, Charlie embarks on a journey toward healing and blossoms when he becomes an unconditionally loved and loving member of the right foster family. This carefully crafted and authentic portrayal of Charlie's emotional and physical abuse is gracefully matched by Susan Shaw's inspiring and deeply moving story of recovery.

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Susan Shaw, is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where she earned a music degree. Susan lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with her family. This is her first published novel.
Published October 25, 2004 by Dutton Juvenile. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Charlie, 12, can’t read and doesn’t even know his last name.

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Unlike many other novels of this type, the author doesn't shortchange the lasting psychological impact of Charlie's experiences, nor does she demonize the parents: What they did was terrible, but the mother is passive out of terror, and the father is genuinely ill and, in his warped way, doing wh...

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