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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,749 ratings  ·  76 reviews
- An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age- A frank and moving story of abuse within a family in crisis
Paperback, 172 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Front Street (first published 1992)
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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
Allison Valle
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, dutch
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
Maria | Fox On A Book
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in Italian - my first language - when I was in middle school and I loved it so much.
It was amazing, sad but so hopeful in the end and at today it's still one of my favorite books of all the time.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars !
(Read this a while ago but forgot to put it up.)
Gracie Provo
I liked this book because it really opened up my eyes to how easy it is to just think a child is sick. Always wearing long sleeves, missing school, and being quiet. If only the neighbors would of spoke up about the problem Judith wouldn't of gone through so much pain. Even if Judith would of spoke up to someone she might still have the Teddy Bear. I give it an 8/10. ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Hannah S
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking story of a young girl growing up in an abusive household and the people in her life that come and help her out.

It was a beautiful read. I loved the way the author very effectively used word pictures to evoke many emotions in the readers for the main character, a girl named Judith.

The way this young girl was treated, and her story behind it nearly made me cry. I was horrified to think people could treat others like that. I read about her abusive home life, and the story continued
Julie Gazca
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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? ...more
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. ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like my book that I just finished, I liked my book that I just finished because its points a lot of reality out. I also liked my book because Judith met a guy named Michael that was going through the same abuse and situation that she was going through, and they helped each other though it probably not in the best ways but they still helped each other.
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Iris Robinson
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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. ...more
Jen Shepherd
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
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.
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite book. The story is sad, yet beautifully written. I love the friendship bond in this book.
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dutch, childrens-ya
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!)
Karla Maradiaga
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sad, but a really good book.
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book really went intothe truths and pians about child abuse it was very moving and opened my eyes to this problomes
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
it was pretty horrible meaning that i felt really bad for judith
Mar 20, 2009 added it
This is the first book i actually read over five times for the simple fact that i was interested in it. It is definitely my favorite.
Sep 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Read it one day! I really easy read, but a really tragic story. A girl getting beaten by her mother.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh My goodness I absoutly Loved this Book! Yes, it did make me cry!
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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.

Anke has been awarded The Silver

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