"When your mind is quiet and you listen closely, you will hear the
children weeping silently. If you can't quite hear their cries, then listen with your eyes. These are the children of the
streets, who have learned pain and suffering before they ever had a chance to experience life. Do not ignore their cries for
help, for all they wish is that you will rescue them. They do not have family that wants them, they don't know how it feels
to be loved and they've never lived anywhere that felt like home...the streets are where they find their voice and relief
from all of the suffering.
Just listen and you'll see them."
DIRT ON THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting,
a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better
life. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age
of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California. After two years of marriage during which she struggled
to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth
of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money
to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more.
Living through the fear and
isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use
by embarking on a series of novels. Believe Like A Child, the author's debut offering, is the darkest version of
who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives
on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.