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Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney
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Nov 07, 09

bookshelves: middle-school, ya
Read in November, 2009

Itch is abandoned by her mother and lives (happily) with her grandparents. When Gramps dies, she and Gram move from Florida to an Ohio trailer park. At her new school, she becomes friends with Gwendolyn, a popular and beautiful girl who participates in talent shows and pagents. But Gwendolyn is hiding a secret, an abusive mother. Courage is the theme here, and I always fear that books make too light of resolving the horrible problem of child abuse. "Speaking up takes courage, Gramps said." But it's not always that easy.
A good book from a local author.
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