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He called me a name that said I did things to my mother. I stood up and kicked him in the stomach, which was a mistake because he grabbed my ankle. I fell on my back and started kicking with my other foot and yelling, “Help! Help!” He grabbed my other foot too. We looked at each other. It seemed to me that he could eat me if he wanted, start with my toes and stuff me in his mouth until I was all gone. I screamed, while he grinned wickedly and pulled me toward him.

—Christian Foggy, in The Book of Mamie

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