My daughter is my hero.
Because when we sat in a room with a police detective years ago, and he said to her, “It is your job to tell others—your real everyday friends that you go to school with—tell them what happened to you, so nothing like this can happen to them.” ... she agreed.
My daughter is my hero for being willing to share her personal choices, conversations, and thoughts in order to help others, regardless of the negative judgment she might receive as a result. ... Because my daughter did not just tell her friends what happened, she let me turn it into a novel - so we could reach more people, and hopefully help them avoid the trappings of internet predators.
The young adult novel, Who R U Really?, is primarily a work of fiction, but the essence of the plot is what happened when my daughter was nearly abducted. I don't want to spoil the plot of the book here, but after you read it, feel free to email me and ask which events actually happened in real life.
“Inspired by her own daughter's terrifying story, Kelly has painted a realistic picture of how a smart girl can get caught up in something dangerous online. … guaranteed to give readers goosebumps—particularly as events heat up toward the end. … A good choice for families to read together.” – School Library Journal
Who R U Really? - published by Merit Press (F+W Media) - is currently available from all major booksellers and many public libraries.
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