Cathy Morrison's young adult novel Say Something brings Maggie to life, a strong female protagonist whose voice rings true and speaks to today's times. Readers will quickly be drawn into this compelling, important story and race to the end, but the novel's powerful message will stay with them long after its last page.
Lisa McWain, High School Teacher
We need more great books like “Say Something” that speak truth to our youth. This book is written with a realism that respects the darkness of abuse but focuses on the strength of hope and ultimately the power of a survivor. I have the privilege of walking alongside survivors on their healing journey as they become individuals that thrive, rather than remaining “victims of abuse”. It takes courage, support and a whole lot of moxie to speak out when someone abuses you, but the brighter the light that we shine in this darkness, the more that individuals will be willing to share their stories. Stories matter. This is an important book for every teenager, every parent and every adult who cares about children.
Kim Shirk, LPC
Say Something is powerful and emotional, and a story from which both young women and young men can gain understanding. It addresses a critical issue well, and portrays one person's path to empowerment. Maggie’s journal entries add dimension to her story and the complexity of healing from abuse. Say Something is a story that encourages discussion about a subject that affects far too many.
Palle Rilinger, Former CEO MOCSA
Today I met with Young Author's from Fort Osage Middle School and Elementary Schools. We did a Great First Lines exercise, and they showed amazing talent. I can't wait to read their stories one day. #FortOsageYAC2019
Tip sheets created for my interview with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up to Date are available under the Tip Sheets tab at the top of this page. In addition to MOCSA's tip sheets on identifying and reporting abuse, we've created a sheet for identifying signs of grooming and one containing strategies and resources for survivors - and tips on how each of us can support survivors' who are ready to say something.
It was an honor to present at MOCSA's Johnson County Fall Forum. This organization does such important work in our community!