Bruises by Anke de Vries

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Befriending a girl whose mother beats her regularly, Michael is distraught when Judith blames herself and tries to cover up what is happening, while, at the same time, Michael must come to terms with his own father's absence.
 

About Anke de Vries

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Stacey Knecht lives in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Front Street. 168 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Judith lives in terror, watching her mother, anticipating her moods, waiting for her to turn into a monster--``The waiting was often the worst part.'' Even harder, for readers, is that Judith condemns herself for being unable to stop the abuse.

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In this story about two unlikely friends, one struggles to give his estranged father a second chance, while the other has a horrifying secret life of abuse.

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They're unlikely friends-cheerful Michael, who lives with his aunt and uncle in Holland, and withdrawn Judith, who has a horrifying secret life of abuse at the hands of her unmarried mother.

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