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For All the Evil in the World
by Doug Ratliff
Bailey is an extremely bright, articulate eight-year-old little girl. But her life is missing one key ingredient…a mother. Her brief lonely childhood has been spent in and out of foster homes. At night she secretly dreams of the loving touch of a mother’s embrace. Unfortunately, her foster moms tend to be distant, cold and generally unaffectionate.
Things suddenly change for Bailey when she meets a beautiful young woman named Madison. The two of them develop an instant bond. To Bailey, Madison is nothing short of a dream come true, providing her with the unconditional love and devotion of a mother.
All goes well until Madison stumbles across a peculiar coincidence and thinks Bailey may actually be her real daughter. The two of them run away together in a desperate attempt to find answers and solve the mystery of their shadowy pasts. But the shocking reality behind the truth may be more than either one of them is prepared to face.
About the Author
Doug Ratliff is a high school English teacher living in central Ohio. He is the author of several short stories designed for the adolescent reader. In 1997, he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a dual-degree in children’s literature and elementary education. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, Doug returned home to Ohio and earned a Master’s degree in secondary education from the Ohio State University in 2002. He has since enjoyed a successful career as a teacher in his native buckeye state.
He is a proud parent and devoted to the idea that successful children develop a love for reading early. He considers juvenile fiction one of the most important genres of American literature.
(2012, paperback, 104 pages)