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ISBN13: 9780670061013
ISBN10: 0670061018
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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.

Praise for Bruised

STARRED REVIEW

"Offering psychological drama and an introduction to martial-arts code of behavior, the book has a meaningful message about power, control, and the internal bruises carried by victims."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Her story is compelling, and readers will stick with her as new insights bring about a believable shift in her behavior…This distinctive debut will be appreciated by fans of contemporary fiction."

Kirkus Reviews

"This layered first novel explores the aftereffects of the trauma, convincingly depicting why Imogen blames herself for a situation over which she had no control. Skilton also sensitively depicts the bond and tentative romance that develops between Imogen and Ricky. The main story line about Imogens struggle to come to terms with what she did (and did not do) is nuanced and honest."

Horn Book

"This is a useful exploration of the difference between fantasy-style omnipotence and the complexity of real-life human strength."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Skilton does a fine job capturing how a psychological process after trauma can take time and might manifest in unique, sometimes unexpected, ways."

VOYA Magazine

"Poignant and emotionally raw at times and humorous at others, this debut novel adeptly portrays a shattered life in the wake of an unexpected act of violence and the road back to normalcy."

School Library Journal

"Here is a writer to watch who handles complex issues with sensitivity in the vein of Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen."

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"At first, Anderson's (Speak) contemporary novel appears to be a 'twisted' version of a Cinderella story. Unpopular senior Tyler Miller ('a zit on the butt of the student body') gains stature and notoriety the summer after he pulls off an impressive prank: 'spray-painting a couple thousand dollars worth of damage to the school.' But readers soon discover that the author has something more complex and original to offer than a fairy-tale rendition of transformation. Humorous, compelling first-person narrative traces how Tyler's newfound happiness as a gutsy tough-guy soon turns to agony; he starts to wish that he could go back to being 'invisible.' Tyler is floating on Cloud Nine when he wins favor with rich, popular Bethany Milbury, but she drops him after he won't sleep with her, and then he gets the blame when compromising photos of her appear on the Internet. As a result, Tyler has to contend with the police, a verbally abusive father (who works for Bethany's dad), a principal who is still angry about the graffiti incident, and a slew of new enemies at school. With justice seemingly beyond his reach, Tyler considers suicide and running away from home before settling for less drastic measures. This dark comedy gives a chillingly accurate portrayal of the high-school social scene, in which morals, perceptions and conceptions of truth are continually being challenged. Tyler may not gain hero status with his peers, but readers will respect his integrity, which outshines his mistakes. Ages 12-up. Agent: Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Years later . . . what really happened to Christopher Creed? When Torey Adams posts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton—four years after Christopher Creed disappeared—college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop and hops a plane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud of bad frequency and people with an underlying streak of meanness. To the teens of Steepleton, Chris is nothing more than history—but to Justin Creed, a teen obsessed with his older brothers memory and balancing on the edge of sanity, discovering what really happened to Chris Creed is a matter of life and death.

Synopsis:

Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy, and Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.

 

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson lives in central New York.

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-Lydia-, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by -Lydia-)
Tyler is the main character in the book I read, “Twisted” written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Before the book even started, Tyler was a nerd, loser, tiny. Now he’s really tall and everyone notices him, but there is a reason and it involves the cops. Bethany is one of the rich, “cool kids”. She notices him. Her brother hates Tyler. Then something happens to Bethany at a party, and Tyler is blamed for it. The police get involved, so do lawyers. Suicide is all that Tyler thinks about… until Bethany wants to talk to him.
I really liked reading this book. It has some mature topics, but other than that anyone could read it. Boys or girls. I liked reading it because I haven’t really read any books with a guy as the main character. I also haven’t read that many books that talk about suicide. It helped me understand what a lot of teenagers go through. Over all “Twisted” was a very good book, I am glad I had the experience of reading it.
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-Lydia-, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by -Lydia-)
Tyler is the main character in the book I read, “Twisted” written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Before the book even started, Tyler was a nerd, loser, tiny. Now he’s really tall and everyone notices him, but there is a reason and it involves the cops. Bethany is one of the rich, “cool kids”. She notices him. Her brother hates Tyler. Then something happens to Bethany at a party, and Tyler is blamed for it. The police get involved, so do lawyers. Suicide is all that Tyler thinks about… until Bethany wants to talk to him.
I really liked reading this book. It has some mature topics, but other than that anyone could read it. Boys or girls. I liked reading it because I haven’t really read any books with a guy as the main character. I also haven’t read that many books that talk about suicide. It helped me understand what a lot of teenagers go through. Over all “Twisted” was a very good book, I am glad I had the experience of reading it.
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Jena, December 2, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
Twisted tells the story of a smart kid who did something stupid (but not particularly harmful) in order to get some attention, and who is now paying ten-fold for his prank when some nasty things happen to a girl in his school.
A lot of the tension in the book is between Tyler and his father, which is compounded by the pressure on him at school from teachers, administrators and students. It's not a pretty story, but it's not supposed to be. Those who liked Draper's Tears of a Tiger or Anderson's Speak and/or Catalyst should check this out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670061013
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Viking Books
Author:
Plum-Ucci, Carol
Author:
Skilton, Sarah
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Martial arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in
Age Level:
03-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At first, Anderson's (Speak) contemporary novel appears to be a 'twisted' version of a Cinderella story. Unpopular senior Tyler Miller ('a zit on the butt of the student body') gains stature and notoriety the summer after he pulls off an impressive prank: 'spray-painting a couple thousand dollars worth of damage to the school.' But readers soon discover that the author has something more complex and original to offer than a fairy-tale rendition of transformation. Humorous, compelling first-person narrative traces how Tyler's newfound happiness as a gutsy tough-guy soon turns to agony; he starts to wish that he could go back to being 'invisible.' Tyler is floating on Cloud Nine when he wins favor with rich, popular Bethany Milbury, but she drops him after he won't sleep with her, and then he gets the blame when compromising photos of her appear on the Internet. As a result, Tyler has to contend with the police, a verbally abusive father (who works for Bethany's dad), a principal who is still angry about the graffiti incident, and a slew of new enemies at school. With justice seemingly beyond his reach, Tyler considers suicide and running away from home before settling for less drastic measures. This dark comedy gives a chillingly accurate portrayal of the high-school social scene, in which morals, perceptions and conceptions of truth are continually being challenged. Tyler may not gain hero status with his peers, but readers will respect his integrity, which outshines his mistakes. Ages 12-up. Agent: Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Years later . . . what really happened to Christopher Creed? When Torey Adams posts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton—four years after Christopher Creed disappeared—college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop and hops a plane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud of bad frequency and people with an underlying streak of meanness. To the teens of Steepleton, Chris is nothing more than history—but to Justin Creed, a teen obsessed with his older brothers memory and balancing on the edge of sanity, discovering what really happened to Chris Creed is a matter of life and death.
"Synopsis" by ,
Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy, and Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.

 

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