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Title:
Stronger than you know
Author:
Perry, Jolene B. (Jolene Betty), 1976- , author.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
After fifteen years of horrific abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother's boyfriends, Joy struggles to understand and accept a normal life with relatives, at school, and with a boyfriend.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 530 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780807531556
Format :
Book

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Summary

After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she's sure she'll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy's got a whole list of reasons why she's crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother's trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?


Author Notes

Jolene Perry lives in Alaska and is a prolific writer of Young Adult fiction.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

I wish I could tell them about how much more my heart feels scarred. . . . My body is just a body, but the rest of it . . . that's where the damage is. In her latest novel, Perry explores the emotional and physical destruction of neglect and haunting abuse from the perspective of 15-year-old Joy. Experiencing intense anxieties on a second-to-second basis, she discovers that what she once considered a normal life with her mother is something that many don't survive. Perry's descriptions of Joy's intense turmoil are vivid: Joy's first day of school feels like swimming through a crowded fish tank, she has a need to disappear, and the thought of speaking two sentences makes it hard for her to breathe. Helped by evolving, positive relationships with friends, family members, and her boyfriend, as well as her enthusiasm for kung fu, Joy gradually gains the strength to begin to let go of her past, find comfort, and let joy spread into her world. A moving survival story.--Miller, Annie Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Joy is a 15-year-old who has been removed from her mother's care and placed in the home of her aunt and uncle after suffering years of abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother's "friends." The novel flashes back to Joy's terrible moments of imprisonment in her mother's trailer, but the story's strength lies in the protagonist's recovery process and how she learns to trust and become part of a family. The teen's phobias and difficulties are depicted with honesty and sympathy, and readers will struggle along with her as she begins to interact with her new family and her peers. While the subject matter is tough, this realistic title will draw teens in with its believable characters, including the well-written portrayal of the adult protagonists. A go-to work for fans of realistic fiction about teens who have survived severe abuse: physical, sexual, and emotional.- Sarah Wilsman, Kent Free Library, Kent, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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