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Judith is 12 years old but unlike most girls her age finds it difficult to enjoy her life. She is a battered child who blames herself for her mother's constant physical abuse. Michael, one of her classmates, has recently suffered emotional abuse at the hands of his severely critical father. When Michael befriends Judith, he is able to slowly, cautiously lead her toward sel...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Front Street (first published 1992)
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Jan
This is an absolutely great book about child abuse, because it handles the matter in an honest (and painful) way, without hiding or belitling anything to not scare aways its target audience (I believe it's aimed at children of about 9-10?).

Read this as a kid, and was utterly shocked and moved by it, and looked out if my childhood friends didn't have bruises to make sure they weren't abused for a while after reading it.

Recommended for kids.

Edited to add: BTW, it's translated into English, althoug...more
Selina
I read this book because my sister once recommended it. Even though that was about 5years ago or something, I still grabbed it out of the library. And I'm glad I did. It was worth reading. I've read the original Dutch version 'Blauwe Plekken'.

It was pretty realistic in my opinion. The book was also very easy to read, so the target audience are young teens about 12years old I guess. But that doesn't mean that elder teens or young adults are too old for the story. Even though the phraseology and s...more
Julie Gazca
May 03, 2014 Julie Gazca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult / everyone
Recommended to Julie by: NoveList
Bruises was a haunting read about a girl named Judith who is physically and emotionally abused by her mother. Anke de Vries succeeded in capturing the readers' emotions to coincide with that of Judith. When Judith was scared, I was scared. When Judith was happy, I was happy. I found myself encouraging her throughout the whole book, championing her and wanting to protect this fragile child that had a rough start at life. I loved/hated the ending, only because it made me want to know more! It's a...more
Allison Valle
I read the book, Bruises by Anke de Vries. I loved this book so much that I have read it multiple times. This book was about a 12 year old girl, Judith who has been getting physically abused by her mother. The abuse is an on going cycle for Judith. Later she meets a boy her age, Michael who is in a situation like Judith herself. They become friends and go through each and everyday knowing that they're not alone; they have eachother to confide in.

I liked that this book was so emotional, as a rea...more
Miharu Rokujou
The opening chapter of this book made me feel very sad, but it was very attention grabbing and kept me interested. I like books that start out interesting in the first two chapters. The book also made me cringe and almost feel the physical pain the poor girl was in whenever the author would describe a beating.

I liked this book, but felt there was too much in the story about Michael. His family life wasn't that interesting to me and I felt like there was more about him than Judith despite her bei...more
Abbie
Judith is the victim of abuse at the hands of her mother, but she keeps it a secret from everyone. Anything could set her mother's anger off, and the violence escalates as the story progresses. Judith has never had any real relationships with anyone other than her mother and little brother (who is never a target of abuse), but now a boy named Michael has befriends her, and through her relationship with Michael and his family, she begins to see what healthy relationships are like. As her teacher...more
Jen Shepherd
I'm Dutch and so I read this book in its native language. I want to read the English version, hoping it will be as riveting as the original one. Anke de Vries is a wonderful author and her book, Blauwe Plekken, (Bruises in Dutch) is one of my favourites!
Lesley
Do you think you can support being hit and abused with punches, kicks ,and slaps? The book “Bruises” by Anke de Vries is about a girl named Judith who is mildly hurt by her own mom. Judith can’t stop, cover, or dodge her hits. “ No mommy please; Judith said feeling a huge hit on her head”. I recommend this book to the people that like realistic fiction books. This book has sad and action scenes. The setting takes place in Holland. If you read this book you can feel how everything happens. This b...more
Elise Paultre
i thought it showed a great point of view , because theirs a lot of people who really doesn't know what it like.
Sharlie Waseskuk
she was really scared she lied alot becuase she didint want to get hurt more by her mother
Daniella
One of the best-known books of Dutch children's author Anke de Vries and justly so. Very impressive story about the consequences classroom bullying can have. Well-written, gets under your skin.
Maryah
This book will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first book I read in Dutch. It took me two months to finish it but I loved the book nonetheless. The story is very touching, sad but touching. Because I always had to stop and translate a word or two quite often, it was hard to empathize with the character. I was more concerned with finishing the book than I was with living with the characters. After rereading it, I believe I cried. It's been so long since I've read it, bu...more
Ingeborg
Since my mother tongue is Dutch I read this one in Dutch, but didn't know that it was translated in English. This book deserves to be translated in all languages spoken. It was one of the first books I read and it's a book like this that gets children to read. I read it when I was 12 and told my mother about this book and how amazed I was by the plot. She also read this book and loved it as much as I did. This book is for all ages! A very touching story about the live of a girl whom is abused by...more
Cindy Vine
This was the first young adult novel I've read in a while. Many parts were painful to read, but at the same time the story was so compelling i couldn't stop and basically read it cover to cover. I'm not sure I liked the ending, it was a bit up in the air and would maybe have liked a little more closure. because now I am worrying about this little girl who ran away. Did she reach her destination safely? Did the authoraties return her to her mother so she could get beaten again?
Ellen Dyer
wow. i first picked up this book when i was around 9 or 10, maybe in the third grade. it was so strong i had to share it with the rest of my classmates. im super glad that goodreads included the edition i used, the green cover just fills me with nostalgia (even though i read it in good ol' english. heaven knows i can't speak...dutch?). good lord, i need to get my hands on this book again. very beautiful.
Tamara
Read it for a book report for school many many years ago, and since then, it's one of my favorites!

I've read a lot of times.

It's a very interesting book, it's something you normaly don't see by anyone in real. But it is too often, that child abuse. In this book it's gonna be alright, a happy ending, Inasmuch as it may. But I've cried.

This book is highly recommended certain
Manisha
A book I read for the first time when I was in 6th grade & re-read it for at least five times after that. Each time it managed to make me cry. Beautifully written & a story which will make you speechless. This book is so gripping, it has the power to unveil a lot of emotions. Really one of my most favourite books ever.
Iris Robinson
One of my all-time favorite books, especially as a pre-teen. Its story will stay with me forever because it was both haunting and inspiring. I'll definitely have to re-read it...I used to have a copy, but I lent it and never got it back. :( Maybe she liked it too much, haha.
Kisecuipolendo85
I loved this book and it made me cry due to the fact it reflected my childhood as me as Judith in this heartbraking story. I felt the pain she went through as I read on, remembering the sores and bruises that I had to hide. This is my #1 all time fave book.
CarmabelleJane
Herlezen, de vorige keer las ik het boek toen ik nog veel jonger was. Best oké maar niet zo goed als ik me herinner.
Alice
I read it when I was in middle school in italian - my first language - and I loved it so much.
It was amazing, sad but so hopeful at the ending and today is still one of my favorite books of all the time.
Feronia
I loved this book as a young teenager. You can´t do anything other then feel for Judith. The author have made her very realistic and easy to love. It´s a beautiful story about pain, curage and love.
Madaleine Paul
When my moms friend came ov to visit from the Netherlands she gave this to me as a present.I am absolutly in love with this book, I could read it once a month and it would never get old
Ilja
I think every kid should read this book. it's a beautiful (sad) book about child abuse and the struggle of this girl whether to 'betray' her abusing mother or stay w/ her
Nicole
Read this in Dutch after being awarded the book as a prize for winning a poetry competition. Absolutely amzing read, as I remember. (And a very friendly author too!)
Soobie's confused
Credo di averlo letto almeno tre volte. È stata la mia prima esperienza con casi di abusi in famiglia. E dopo una quindicina d'anni me lo ricordo ancora con piacere.
Rosa

I had to read this in my 9th English Class..it was so sad but yet inspirational. Not sure if I read it before 9/11 or after.. but it was around that time.
Hinata Kirihara
eh. the end didn't really like and even though you get both perspectives from the kids you don't really feel satisfied or complete but not a bad short read
Sarah
While living in Holland, Michael meets Judith, who is frightened, bullied, and beaten by her mother and blames herself for the abuse she is enduring.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Dutch novel about 2 friends, one the victim of verbal abuse, and the other the victim of physical abuse, and how each tries to help the other.
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Anke de Vries is a Dutch writer. She has written over 30 books and has received several prizes.

After she finished her schooling in Ede she traveled around the world. During these travels she met her French husband, Laurent Félix-Faure. He noticed she was good at writing and encouraged her to take a class in creative writing. This resulted in her first book in 1972.

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