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Uncle Brian is a Criminal

Learning about sexual abuse

Learning About Sexual Abuse
Aho and Petras
1985

This type of material is one we see quite often on this site. (Click here to see Mr T help kids, or this gem of a book that tells kids that sex abuse will make you gay.) Most of it dates from the 1980s and 90s when there was a lot of hysteria associated with stranger danger, sex abuse, and other crimes against children.

Regardless, this book is still dated. Most of the perpetrators are portrayed as having “problems” or are misunderstood. Unfortunately, no one seems to get these people arrested and charged with a crime. However, they do do get counseling or “help”. Note the final line in the story where Uncle Brian is evidently still allowed to hang out with the family. Evidently, just some once a week counseling and a “good talking to” by Laura’s parents will fix Uncle Brian right up. Notice how no one helps Laura and she still has to hangout with creepy Uncle Brian.

Weed it and don’t look back.

Mary

 

 

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We can’t afford it!

joy berry's book we can't afford itWhat to do when your mom or dad says…
“We can’t afford it”
Berry
1983

Joy Berry is a regular here at ALB. We have posted some of her stuff before here and here. Usually, these books are about a specific problem from a child’s point of view. Today’s “We can’t afford it” title is about budgeting and making money. I just cringed when job loss was just another day at the office, and garbage collectors were dissed. I also kind of wanted to slap those kids upside the head for being complainers. (Probably not a good idea…)

Mary

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Gale Sayers: Star Running Back

Gale Sayers cover

 

Gale Sayers: Star Running Back
May
1973

Submitter: I believe this is an awful book because I was a tween when the movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan and Billy D. Williams, appeared on television, and I am now of retireable age. What else besides people should really have a shelf life of 44+ years? Also, Copy 19?? Thank goodness the other 18 copies were weeded years ago.

Holly: I guess they missed copy 19 when they weeded the other 18!

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