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by D. Perdue Henderson

Amy Collins is your typical everyday 12 year old, awkward, self-conscious, and innocent in sex and sexual relations. She has problems dealing with a new school, getting to places on time and dealing with a brother that loves to antagonize her. Little did she know that her life was about to change and get a bit more complicated.
One day, as she was walking home from school, she was thrown into a parked van and tied up. Then she was locked in an attic, drugged, beaten, raped, and required to work in a sex camp for the next 5 years, forcing her to grow up faster than expected.
This is a story about her experiences, what she did, how she coped, who she made friends with, and who she fell in love with.




About the author:

D. Perdue Henderson is a devoted Christian, loving wife, and supportive friend. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and loves the four seasons. She is currently a full time student studying Web Design and writes in her spare time. In addition, she tutors children at the local community center in elementary reading and vocabulary, when needed. She is well rounded in the arts and has a creative mind. She has worked behind the scenes with multiple community theatre companies in the Milwaukee area for almost 20 years. She has taken voice, as well as piano at the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music, and a few drawing and media design classes. Now, she is trying her hand at writing.
Branded is her first published book, but she has another in the works. Hopefully, it will be
released soon.


Reason for the Book

I was watching the Nancy Grace show and noticed a young girl, probably 12 years old, who was kidnapped and taken across country. On the show, video was taken of the girl and the kidnapper at a Walmart or Target store and the kidnapper was being apprehended by store security. I’m glad they got the man, but I couldn’t help but watch the expression on the girl’s face. She was scared and confused and I wondered why she didn’t run from when the kidnapper was being tackled. She just stood there, as if waiting to be told what to do. That got me thinking. What would I do if I was 12 and threatened or beaten; so I decided to do some research on the subject using the internet and the FBI website. What I realized is that child abductions are no longer a thing of the past, like most people believe. They happen quite frequently and usually right under our noses.
My eyes were opened that day and I wanted to do something to spread the word of Stranger Danger and get people to be more aware of what is going on in their communities. I decided to write a book, one that makes people talk about this subject and bring Stranger Danger back into the limelight again. My goal is for every parent to have that talk with their child about what to do if strangers approach them. I know it worked for me and saved my life as a child, maybe it will do the same for someone else.


Publication Date: Feb 12 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1456476114 / 9781456476113
Page Count: 166
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult


Customer Reviews:


By Chrystal Mahan
December 23, 2011
This review is from: Branded (Kindle Edition)
When I first saw the synopsis for Branded, I thought it would be a little different than what it was. I thought it was going to be a mixture of a true story account of a s$x trafficking survivor and Room by Donahue. What I found was a cross between neither. Instead I found a nice little treasure that was actually quite comical, despite the topic.

Cat (Amy Collins) is a junior high school student, abducted at the tender age of 12. Amy spent 5 years being drugged, raped, beaten, and forced to live in a s$x camp. She grew up faster than most 12 year olds forced to look at her life, choosing to live it “as-is” instead of taking another path. The story tells us what she did to survive those early years. How it changed her. We hear of friends she made along the way and even how she fell in love with Jimmy, the man responsible for her abduction. Amy made the choice to accept Cat as the girl she was. Make the best of her situation and surroundings. I wonder if others would make the same choice or would they choose death instead?

The relationship between Cat and Jimmy, despite the terrible way in which they were united, was actually simple to get involved in. I found myself laughing at them more than once. Having been raised in the south, I loved how the author wrote Jimmy’s accident. I found myself giving him a voice in my head.

Yes, the message is powerful. Child s$x trafficking does happen right here in the United States. It seems like every time I open a magazine there is some woman trying to push the crusade to help those in other countries. I can appreciate that. I can also honor and respect that. What bothers me is when it happens right in our own backyard. The book makes you aware, even if it is a book of fiction; you still know these things are happening in the world today.

Being a survivor of s$xual abuse that happened to me for 12 years , I can relate to some of the mental anguish Cat experiences for her 5. People often look at you funny, judge you, and are not sure how to treat you. You have to relearn life. Life lessons you missed out on being a child. You learn to accept what happened to you, and how it shaped you. You learn to move forward and make the best of the life you were given.

People may not always understand or agree. And they won’t until they walk a mile in our shoes.



By AuntieMandy
December 13, 2011
This review is from: Branded (Kindle Edition)
This book was very well written. I started the book in the Dr.’s office waiting room, and stayed up half the night until I finished it. The character development was amazing. The author was able to humanize the most inhumane while at the same time, reminding the reader how so many lives were ruined by utter depravity. This book really makes the reader think, long after the book is finished.


A powerful prevention story to protect all children.

By susan mahoney
November 27, 2011
This review is from: Branded (Kindle Edition)
Branded by D. Perdue Henderson is a powerful message about children being abducted off the streets and roads of their cities and villages by perverts, alleged business entrepreneurs, pimps into making trying to be rich from the selling of sex slaves, innocent children from pre-teens to adolescents? This is a story of one young victim’s fate when she was snatched off a street in front of her junior high school by pimps driving an average looking van. It is a horrific tale about her choices she has to decide if she was to stay alive; and the traumas and events she was part of or witness of others who double-crossed the pimp. In this story the girl experiences life changing turmoil through stages of anger, defiance, submission through extortion and then she becomes her kidnapper’s main squeeze because she is a wild cat, a strong willed fighter and he desires her.

This story is a message of precaution and warning to protect the innocent and when a child looks abuse, hungry and dirty; and pleads for help; don’t think the adult knows better and walk away; because they will lie to protect themselves from being arrested; don’t always take the adult’s word, and if something feels uncanny in your gut, then follow through by taking down license plate numbers and descriptions and called the police.

There is the fear of threats and there are many reports of police stopping speeders or violators of the law; and do not investigate when something does not feel right or if they do then they are injured or fatally killed, if this book could save one life then it is worth the investment. The conclusion to this story is that this victim has to decide to be bitter or forgive her kidnappers and the life she suffers through and her personal message of strength to prevent it from occurring to another unfortunate victim.

This author is declaring that society needs to be more attentive to children’s presence and beware of the devils on the prowl. To protect the weak and defenseless against the wolves in sheep clothing. By reading this book it has made me more aware to keep my eyes and ears open in the community and if something does not feel right then it should be report personally or anonymous to protect the children of the world before they are abducted and their fragile lives are broken forever.

The urgency of this story compels the reader to want to advocate for laws to be voted on to have all book bags or personal items equipped with a safety device such as an emergency GPS in them to ring a silent alarm to the local precinct and alert an Amber Alert. This is a good book for adults and older teens to read and sit down with their children to have a discussion about stranger danger and teach them techniques to keep them safe.

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