Bruised by Sarah Skilton

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When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else--more responsible, more capable. But now that her sense of self has been challenged, she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shoot-out. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world--full of dark humor and hard truths.

About Sarah Skilton

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Sarah Skilton lives in California with her magician husband and their son. By day she works in the film and TV business. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which came in handy when writing Bruised. Visit her online at
Published March 5, 2013 by Amulet Books. 288 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A taekwondo black belt struggles to forgive herself after failing to act when she witnesses the police shoot and kill a would-be robber.

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In this problem novel that quickly takes a romantic turn, first-time author Skilton paints a vivid portrait of a girl whose shame leads to an identity crisis. Sixteen-year-old Imogen is the youngest b

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Bruised

The Bookbag

Imogen must be one of the best narrators I've read about for ages - she's sympathetic even during the (frequent) times she's not particularly likeable.

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Alice Marvels

Today we are thrilled to have Sarah Skilton stopping by to reveal an excerpt from her debut novel, Bruised, coming out March 5th from Abrams/Amulet Books!.

Feb 05 2013 | Read Full Review of Bruised

Gr 8 Up—High-school junior Imogen suffers from memory lapses after witnessing an armed robbery at a diner. During the event, she hid under a table and locked eyes with a boy, who, like her, was frozen by fear. The gunman threatened the cashier and was shot dead by police. The youngest black belt ...

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