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I’ve got to get Eddie out of here!

“If I don’t come back from Iraq, if I die over there, you’ve got to be the maximum brother for Eddie. He’s only nine.”

“I’ll take care of Eddie, Mom. You know that.”

When seventeen year old Mario discovers Aunt Carmen’s new boyfriend is molesting Eddie, he knows he has to take action. He’s got to protect Eddie! The story of two brothers and their fight to survive.



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160 pages

ISBN 978-1-929777-07-5

Grades 8 and up

Reading level: 4.4

Lexile count: HL750

AR IL: UG, BL: 4.4



The suspense builds as Mario must take big risks and suffer personal losses to keep his brother safe. Written with a keen understanding of teens and a remarkable awareness of sexual abuse dynamics, this wise novel is an important addition for any collection serving teens. –School Library Journal

All teens can find something to identify with or learn from in this cathartic and ultimately hopeful tale of recovery from sexual abuse.  -Booklist