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The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Chad Rohrbacher , Paul D Brazill , Luca Veste , Lynn Beighley , Seamus Bellamy , Gill Hoffs , Benoit Lelievre , Thomas Pluck , McDroll , Ron Earl Phillips
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Book Description

30 powerful stories from around the world to benefit two children's causes: PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children ( and Children 1st Scotland (

Stories by David Ackley, Kevin Aldrich, David Barber, Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy, Paul D. Brazill, Sif Dal, James Lloyd Davis, Roberto C. Garcia, Susan Gibb, Nancy A. Hansen, K.V. Hardy, Gill Hoffs, Fiona "McDroll" Johnson, J.F. Juzwik, MaryAnne Kolton, Benoit Lelievre, Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw, Vinod Narayan, Paula Pahnke, Ron Earl Phillips, Thomas Pluck, Sam Rasnake, JP Reese, Chad Rohrbacher, Susan Tepper, Luca Veste, Michael Webb, Nicolette Wong and Erin Zulkoski.

It began as a flash fiction challenge when Fiona Johnson and Thomas Pluck donated $5 to PROTECT and £5 to Children 1st for every story at Ron Earl Phillips' Flash Fiction Friday. Now the three have collected the 30 best stories to benefit these two charities.

Join us and make a difference while you read 30 great stories genres by writers from the U.S.A., Poland, Hong Kong, Portugal, India, Scotland, England, Canada, and one told by a Lost Boy of the Sudan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466493976
  • Publisher: Lost Children Books (30 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061HAG6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help fight against child abuse 11 Aug. 2012
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I first heard about this book through the Flash Fiction Friday website. If you haven't been there it is a site that has a writing prompt every week and challenges authors to write a piece of flash fiction. One challenge was different though. Write stories about child abuse that can be put in to an anthology. The proceeds of the sales go towards charities that help protect children. These are genuine people offering part of their soul and their time to help children. That is an example we can all learn from.

The next time you look at a social worker and think they are a do-gooder just in it for the praise, or a phone support worker trying to ensure their place in heaven think about this book. Think about the stories within. They are disturbing in the worst way possible. You will view these people and the jobs they do in a totally different light. I can't begin to relate to how an abuse victim feels, but I know that I don't want to feel the way I did whilst reading these stories again.

The stories themselves are emotionally charged and well written. The writing styles are as varied as the types of abuse portrayed. It really is the hardest to read book I've ever attempted. If you are worried about being overwhelmed the flash fiction style at least allows for regular stops to take stock of things.

This anthology is a must read, and more importantly a never forget book. Go read it and think about the children. They are our future, but for some it is very bleak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 19 Nov. 2011
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This is a collection of some of the finest short fiction I have read. Every piece will touch something inside of you and bring home the reality of how life is for some children.

The people who contributed to this anthology deserve a huge pat on the back for dedicating their time and skill to such a worthy cause. I hope it is the first of many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn... 15 Jan. 2012
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I've read a lot of short, flash-fiction, and a lot of it by the authors in this anthology, but I have to say... Damn. It made me really feel for kids who've been abused, abandoned...lost. I recommend this because it made me feel. In the end, that's the only mark of something that's been well-written. I'm a writer, but this made me read as a reader. I highly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LOST CHILDREN - Haunting, Timely, Important! 6 Nov. 2011
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THE LOST CHILDREN is a collection of 30 stories that is noteworthy for two reasons: First, the quality and theme of the stories are powerful and important; Second, the proceeds from this undertaking all go to two worthwhile charities--PROTECT (The National Association to Protect Children @ (...) and Children 1st Scotland @ (...). If you are unfamiliar with either of these organizations you should follow the links and check them out.
The collection of stories presented here came about as a challenge issued by editors Thomas Pluck and Fiona Johnson on Ron Earl Phillip's (the third editor of this anthology) Flash Fiction Friday website. Pledges by Pluck and Johnson for each story submitted resulted in an initial $600 being generated for these worthy causes. The idea for this follow-up anthology soon materialized and THE LOST CHILDREN is the result. The haunting cover by Sarah Bennett Pluck and Danielle Tunstall instantly sets the tone and the flash fiction-style stories that follow are equally haunting and powerful and as painfully timely as today's headlines. The stories are not pleasant and few punches are pulled, but the message driven home again and again demands to be heard: The abuse and neglect of our young is not only horrific and damaging to them as individuals but, unchecked, it threatens the fabric of our souls and our future as a so-called civilized society.
Buy a copy, spread the word, help two very worthwhile causes!
Highly recommended!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LOST CHILDREN - Bold Stories, Important Cause 12 Nov. 2011
By billyclub - Published on
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The stories in this anthology are disturbing, thought-provoking, and will make you angry--angry enough, it is hoped, to want to do something about the abusive treatment received by far too many of the young and vulnerable in our world today. If the suffering of these victims isn't enough in itself, the irrefutable fact that some of them will go on to become monsters preying on victims of their own ought to be. The next tier of victims might include someone close to you--perhaps even a child or close relative.
Monsters are made, not born. That is the central theme of these tight, tough, powerful stories. The style is what is called "flash fiction"--length no greater than 700 words. But the impact of each of these lightning-fast tales is like the punch of individual rounds from a machine gun.
To keep all of this from being too grim, perhaps even depressing, it is important to know that all of the proceeds from this collection of stories will benefit two fine organizations--PROTECT (The National Association to Protect Children) and Children 1st Scotland--devoted to aiding and protecting these "lost children". Here is where your anger can be put to good use. You can support these organizations with the purchase of this anthology, and then you can check them out further in order to find out how else you may be able to participate.
Highly recommended for the writing and the stories. Doubly recommended for the cause it represents
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories, Big Impact 12 Nov. 2011
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This collection of intense stories is intended to drive home the horror of abuse toward the young and vulnerable in our world, and to support two organizations that have been formed to fight such practices.
The stories are diverse and well written, all quite short but nonetheless powerful. The authors are an international mix of known and not-so-well-known names, but each tells a strong tale that drives home the central message: We must halt this poisonous mistreatment of our young or pay the consequences.
All proceeds from purchases of THE LOST CHILDREN go to PROTECT (The National Association to Protect Children) and Children 1st Scotland. Readers are also encouraged to check out these organizations further to find out other ways they can support their worthy causes.
This is a commendable effort by the editors and authors and is recommended both for the reading experience and for the cause it champions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfull "little" stories 13 April 2012
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About sad children lives. The way we all are born equal, and by an uncontrollable twist of fate some of us end in such dire straits, curtailing our right to a healthy, joyfull, humane, life.

There are so many children in these appalling conditions, that one must face the fact that our species is, truly, a mean one.

Most of the short stories are very well written.

And, last, but not least, this book reminds me of Andrew Vaachs. I wonder why.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 21 Jan. 2012
By Christopher Rhatigan - Published on
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The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology (ed. by Ron Earl Phillips, Thomas Pluck, and Fiona Johnson) contains 30 stories about children who have been neglected, abused, or otherwise marginalized. The collection itself lives up to its cover--these are powerful, often shocking, stories.

Here are a few that stuck out to me...

"Probably, Right?" by Lynn Beighley is a very fine piece of very short fiction. It's about a witness who reasons away responsibility and avoids an uncomfortable truth. Beighley possesses a strong, confident voice and, in a tight space, creates a memorable narrator.

"One Night" by Roberto C. Garcia is a particularly crushing piece about a neglected child. This is a straight family drama rendered in excruciating detail.

"Keisha" by Susan Gibb is the kind of story that--as someone going into teaching--makes me tremble. Even hard-working, well-meaning teachers can only do so much. This piece exudes a quiet, real sense of desperation.

"On and On" by JF Juzwik. Like AJ Hayes once said, JF Juzwik is like a submarine--even when you don't see her, but you can't forget about her. (Apologies to AJ if I messed up his quote!) This is a smart, acidic, wrenching tale about a little girl in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Benoit Lelievre has an excellent entry as well with "Under the Gaze of Saturn," a story that weaves in tough economic times with the lost children theme in a non-linear narrative.

Bottom line is that the money goes to a good cause and you get a great read.
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