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Crank CoverReading STRAIGHTLING is like watching a great horror flick. You really want to cover your eyes, but you just can’t! Compelling. Scary. Totally real.—Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of CRANK



Mercy PilkingtonYou don’t so much read STRAIGHTLING as you watch, through a dark and hazy window, as a child’s soul is destroyed. There’s nothing you can do but cheer for her silently and hope she survives. Abused by her stepfather then betrayed by her own mother, Etler describes sixteen months of physical and mental torture in a government-endorsed facility that knew just how to skirt the system and avoid detection. Even more painful? The girl in these pages didn’t need the so-called help Straight had to offer. All she needed was for society to do its job protecting children. A must-read for parents, teachers, counselors, and students.—Mercy Pilkington, 2010 National Juvenile Detention Association Teacher of the Year


Prepare yourself. On page one, a young Etler takes your hand and she doesn’t let go. This naïve girl, struggling to deal with a harsh home life, is sent to a drug rehabilitation center, a place where she has no business. Though condemned to sixteen months of darkness—figurative and literal—Etler shines a light on the controversial treatment of “problem children.” You won’t be able to put STRAIGHTLING down, and you sure as hell won’t root this hard for anyone else, ever again.—Rosella Eleanor LaFevre, Editor-in-Chief, M.L.T.S. Magazine


Surviving Straight Inc., the DocumentaryWe, the survivors of Straight, wish we could make you understand what it was like. That we could put you in our skin, take you back in time, and sit you down in group. So you could motivate all day. And hear the screams. And feel the loss of yourself.  We want to convey the self-betrayal, the omnipotent, alien reality of Straight Inc. In STRAIGHTLING, Etler honors the many of us who still can’t talk about it, and the many that were unable to survive. Somehow, Etler tells her story without making it about her.—Marcus Chatfield, Author, Institutionalized Persuasion