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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Fiction
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (March 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689712065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689712067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many mystery and suspense novels for children during her long and illustrious career, including The Girl with the Silver Eyes, The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Megan’s Island, Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, Scared Stiff, The Kidnappers, and Caught!. Three of her children’s books won Edgar Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades, including the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Georgia Children’s Book Award.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Don't Hurt Laurie is about an eleven year old girl named Laurie. Laurie's mother beats her and does some horrible things. However Laurie covers up her mother's cruel marks by saying she is clumsy and bumps into walls, falls down stairs, and cuts herself with knives. She has told these excuses this all her life. Laurie's mother, whom she calls Annabelle, tries very hard to move Laurie to houses and apartments at least every other month, so Laurie doesn't have any social interactions with anyone her age. One day Annabelle goes too far! Will Laurie ever get the courage to tell anyone about Annabelle? Will Annabelle stop abusing her?
I enjoyed reading this book because it is about a girl that at first is weak and then becomes stronger. It saddened me to read about the things Annabelle did to Laurie. However while reading this book I realized how lucky I am. I have a family that loves me, I go to a great school, and my friends and teachers respect me. I couldn't ask for anything more.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves thrilling realities. This book is like a roller coaster of life, with all its ups and downs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PurpleDreamer on July 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful book to show children suffering from abuse that they aren't alone. 11 year old Laurie lives with her abusive mother, Annabelle, who makes Laurie feel as if she has to make excuses and lie for all of her 'accidents' in which her mother causes. Laurie endures more abuse than she can handle, but finds solace in a dog she 'adopts.' She hides this dog and cares for it, as it provides one of her only sources of safty and happiness. When Annabelle attacks the dog, things change.
This book should be in every school library, and every media specialist should be familiar with it. A child who is going through what Laurie goes through might be more inclined to talk knowing that they are not alone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book was so powerful that I can still remember it 12 yrs later. It described in such detail the pain that this poor child felt and yet it did it in a way that was very easy to understand. This book is by far one of the best books that a child could ever read on child abuse and gain a complete knowledge and understanding of such a horrible thing. EXCELLENT!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Don�t Hurt Laurie is about a girl named Laurie who is going through something terrible. Laurie�s father ran away when she was little and Laurie�s mother, Annabelle, takes all her pressure and stress out on Laurie by beating her. Laurie has kept a secret that Annabelle abuses her for a long time. One day Annabelle goes too far and Laurie can�t take it anymore. She has to tell someone about how she feels.
My personal experience from this book was really great. I have never felt like Laurie. She has gone through so much, and has kept her secret for as long as she can remember. I enjoyed the book because it showed me how lucky I am to live in a community where I am safe, unlike Laurie. Will Laurie ever get help? My favorite part of the book was when Laurie moved and found a new friend who she tells many of her thoughts to. My least favorite part was when Laurie couldn�t decide whether or not to tell her secret to her new friend, George, because I wanted to tell her how she should handle this situation.
I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys exciting, breathtaking stories, that doesn�t bring someone to a world of fantasy, but to a world of reality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire (Abramow@aol.com) on November 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful! It is exciting, realistic, and written in a sensitive, detailed way that touches your heart. It made me cry. For those who do not like sad books, I would not recommend this book, although it has a happy ending. It is a story about Laurie, a girl whose father left her when she was young. Her mother has not a motherly bone in her, and is cruel to Laurie and physically abuses her. Worst of all is, since they live only with her mother's new husband, who is often away and his kids, no one knows, or cares. Everytime Laurie makes friends, or someone at the hospital recognizes her, her mother moves them. She doesn't want Laurie to get close enough to anybody to tell them the awful secret. Then one day, Laurie's mom goes too far, and she is forced to tell someone. But can that someone really make a difference in Laurie's horrible life? I loved this book, because it is touching, realistic, and it has a plot, not an adventurous story or a murder, just a simple story, with something that could and does happen.
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i can tell you exactly how i originally got this book and recap the plot line about 18 years later. my mom brought back this book from a garage sale. it was summer and i was bored and out of new books, (i'm a book worm), so i read it. it was so good that i re-read it several times and read every other willo davis roberts book there was. she had instantly become one of my favorite authors. willo davis roberts' writing is very empathetically detailed. you get a deep feeling and kinship with the characters, you see through their eyes and tend to live what they are living.

don't hurt laurie is about a girl surviving with her abusive widowed mother. they move apartments so many times because her mother doesn't want other people finding out that she abuses laurie. her mother remarries and laurie gets a younger brother and an even younger sister. with a stepfather rarely home, and step siblings that grow attached to her, they end up with a house with a great big backyard. One day she finds a puppy out on the road and hides it in the yard with her siblings help. her mother hates dogs, and she knows its not allowed. i don't want to spoil the ending for you so i will end the summary here.

suffice to say that this book is about growing up, emotionally damaged children learning to trust and love. about how secrets prolong suffering; also how you have to work as a family in order to deal with life's difficulties.

i recommend this book for more mature children, as it is about child abuse. its also a great gateway book for a discussion about child abuse for those who are interested.
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