If we are lucky in life, we may meet someone extraordinary who changes our entire point of view and our lives, so that we become better than we were. Ms. Kidd is such a person. Having been a physician in the field of Child Abuse for twenty-five years, I had yet to vividly experience abuse through the eyes of a child as she struggled to make sense of the only existence she knew. Bloodpies is the most astonishing story that I have ever read. What you will read will hurt you to your very core. But after the story has been told, you will feel within yourself that same courage that this small child had. This courage enabled her to go on and survive. -Lynne S. Ticson, MD, Ass't. Clinical Professor-Pediatrics USC-Keck School of Medicine The true story of a young girl growing up in an abusive family of the 1940s, before there were Child Abuse Reporting Laws in America. Her earliest home was a craftsman-styled duplex that she shared with her parents, grandparents, and, eventually, a sister. The basement of that simple seaside house held the darkest of secrets that make up the chapters of this book. The extraordinary achievement of BloodPies is the author's incisive talent for sharing abusive memories and attempts at understanding from inside the mind of the child. The book allows the reader to experience the child's confinement, confusion, and fear, along with a palpable sense of dread that the child does t experience, at least t consciously. BloodPies tells the life story of one remarkably resilient child, from the ages of three to twelve years old. BloodPies is a compelling read for foster and adoptive parents of abused children, teachers, and family caregivers. It is also a story for anyone who experienced childhood abuse or has recently come to terms with it in a relative or friend, and for the therapists and mental health providers who have the privilege to serve them.