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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.


A richness and complexity.
'The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ...'
Robert Dunbar
Books For Keeps
very difficult to put down. The reader is drawn in... and needs to know how it ends.
The central voice is extremely engaging.
Believable and heart-rending story.
Independent on Sunday