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You Can't See the Elephants

Cover: 'You Can't See the Elephants '

Staff Review: "You Can't See the Elephants " by Susan Kreller, Elizabeth Gaffney


Since her mother died, her grief-stricken father has been sending thirteen-year-old Mascha to her grandparent’s house for the summer in Clinton, a small town where nothing exciting ever happens. She wanders around town with her earbuds in, lonely and bored, until she meets Julia and Max who are the only kids who seem to want to talk to her. As she gets to know them she notices bruises and injuries that concern her, and then she accidently sees their father physically abusing Max. Mascha is determined to find a way to protect them since none of the adults in her life seem to want to admit that Max and Julia are being abused. This is an important, powerful, well-written novel for tweens, with a brave, enterprising young heroine, about the very serious, and often hidden, subject of child abuse.

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction

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