A heartbreaking story guaranteed to get into your head and your heart.
How does bruising start; is it the booze, the neglect or the slap For Jono, it's time to act.
Julie's only little after all, and the thing is, Ma just doesn't seem capable of looking after them. Not now. Surely running is the right thing to do
This powerful tale of one boy's mission to protect his younger sister is deftly told. Irish Children's Laureate Siobhan Parkinson is a genius wordsmith - and as a result Bruised stays within your heart long after the final confession has finished.
The central voice is extremely engaging. - Bookseller
The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ... - Robert Dunbar
A richness and complexity. - INIS
very difficult to put down. The reader is drawn in... and needs to know how it ends. - Carousel
Believable and heart-rending story. - Independent on Sunday
**** - Books For Keeps