Climbing up to the Tree House

Author: Helmuth, Willard

Subjects: Guidance; Abuse

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

ISBN: 978-0-89824-566-0

Order code: 5660

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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An important, sensitive, and uncompromising middle school novel about sexual abuse

Climbing up to the Tree House is about two girls: Lily, an American, and Antoinette from Haiti. Though their backgrounds could not be more different, both are victims of sexual abuse. How they become friends, how they are helped to talk about their experiences, and how they start to help others make for an original young adult novel that is uncomfortable but important for its honesty. 

When Lily goes to Haiti with a medical charity, she sees how poverty, deprivation, and tradition affect the lives of children. After hearing Antoinette’s story, Lily is able to confront her own secret and to tell her parents. Back in America, her parents and her church realize what must be done. Doctors, counselors, and special police ensure that Lily’s abuser is confronted and punished. Antoinette is adopted and comes to live near Lily. Supporting each other, they begin to rebuild their lives. Author Dr. Willard Helmuth is uncompromising in the details of the book; through Lily’s voice, he tells the story with compassion and sensitivity.

Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician who, with his wife Loretta, has worked in volunteer clinics in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is the medical director of the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center in Monroe, North Carolina, a clinic for the evaluation of sexually or physically abused children. As a medical examiner, he takes part in the medical exams, forensic interviews, psychological evaluation, and counseling for these children. He also works closely with the district attorney and spends time in court as cases are prosecuted. In May 2014, the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center named its medical room in his honor. He writes, "This story is based on children I have encountered. The story of Lily and Antoinette is a disturbing one, but the sad reality is that many children I have treated have been abused to a far greater extent than you will read about here. This book is dedicated to those children." 

Dr. Helmuth’s is also the author of Old Bones and Uphill and Into the Wind, both published by Royal Fireworks Press.

An important, sensitive, and uncompromising middle school novel about sexual abuse

Climbing up to the Tree House is about two girls: Lily, an American, and Antoinette from Haiti. Though their backgrounds could not be more different, both are victims of sexual abuse. How they become friends, how they are helped to talk about their experiences, and how they start to help others make for an original young adult novel that is uncomfortable but important for its honesty.

When Lily goes to Haiti with a medical charity, she sees how poverty, deprivation, and tradition affect the lives of children. After hearing Antoinette’s story, Lily is able to confront her own secret and to tell her parents. Back in America, her parents and her church realize what must be done. Doctors, counselors, and special police ensure that Lily’s abuser is confronted and punished. Antoinette is adopted and comes to live near Lily. Supporting each other, they begin to rebuild their lives. Author Dr. Willard Helmuth is uncompromising in the details of the book; through Lily’s voice, he tells the story with compassion and sensitivity.

Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician who, with his wife Loretta, has worked in volunteer clinics in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is the medical director of the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center in Monroe, North Carolina, a clinic for the evaluation of sexually or physically abused children. As a medical examiner, he takes part in the medical exams, forensic interviews, psychological evaluation, and counseling for these children. He also works closely with the district attorney and spends time in court as cases are prosecuted. In May 2014, the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center named its medical room in his honor. He writes, "This story is based on children I have encountered. The story of Lily and Antoinette is a disturbing one, but the sad reality is that many children I have treated have been abused to a far greater extent than you will read about here. This book is dedicated to those children."

Dr. Helmuth’s is also the author of Old Bones and Uphill and Into the Wind, both published by Royal Fireworks Press.

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