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They Hurt, They Scar, They Shoot, They Kill : Toxic Characters in Young Adult Fiction (Hardcover) (Joni
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As a follow up to The ******, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill, which examined supernatural monsters in YA fiction, in this book Bodart looks at human monsters in “real-life” fiction, including sexual predators, bullies, manipulators, torturers, and any who find glee and satisfaction from the pain of others. Bodart includes chapters on parents, siblings, and other family members who mistreat the weaker ones in the family; school personnel who step outside the boundaries when they interact with students in damaging ways; adult criminals or predators who look for young people to ensnare; and teens who bully others in order to hide their own fears and weaknesses. In addition, she will provide a chapter on the real-life monsters portrayed in nonfiction titles for young adults (such as Jaycee Dugard’sA Stolen Life), who are just as frightening and far more dangerous than those who are fictional.