Girl in the Water - Nancy Fox-Kilgore
Released May 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Girl in the Water recounts Nancy Fox-Kilgore's life. She was raised in a loving family home, but there was a hidden secret. Her older sister abused her for pretty much as long as she could remember. Incidents ranged from tying her to a chair and taping her eyes open in the bright sun to using the door to tear off a few of Nancy's toenails. This abuse went on for years, never one stopped by their parents.
This has to be one of the saddest stories I've read in a while. I hate child abuse in any situation but to have the parents turn a blind eye is disgusting. That makes it so much worse. The author brings up the point, however, that bullying often starts at home. I think that is clearly true. Many cases I've seen in my children's school has been parents verbally or physically abusing their child, but I go back to a girl I knew in high school whose brother was molesting her and no one did a thing. In fact, when she tried to tell, people in the school laughed at her. I hope she's okay today, but she moved away after it came out and that was the last I ever heard of her.
Read Girl in the Water and learn something from it. Bullying laws are changing and it's getting easier for children to ask for help. However, there is still a lot of work to be done.