My heart melted with compassion for him. For some reason, I had never considered a guy getting hurt the way I had been.
-- Sam's Theory by Sarah Mendivel. Mendivel drew on her work as a therapist to write this YA fantasy novel to use as a creative tool to help young people heal from trauma.
Sam's Theory is a fantasy adventure story about a rag-tag group of abused kids who set up camp and form an "Orphan's Collective" in the forest.
Woven through the story are tools for young people to help them cope with trauma. The book acknowledges the problems young people face, including depression, suicide, abuse, neglect, and loneliness, and provides positive tools and applied examples of healthy behavior changes.
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