You Can’t See The Elephants

You can't see the elephantsThirteen-year-old Mascha is bored living with her grandparents for the summer in their quiet, small town. She meets siblings, Max, 7, and Julia, 9, who are withdrawn and shy and covered with bruises. Mascha suspects that their father is physically abusing them and when the adults don’t listen, she takes matters into her own hands. She makes some unusual choices, kidnaps the children, and locks them in an abandoned farmhouse in a nearby field. Mascha is brave, helpless, and desperate, and she wants to do the right thing, but her actions bring unintended consequences for everyone. This disturbing, heartbreaking, and straightforward novel about child abuse is discussion provoking  mjw
Title: You Can’t See The Elephants
Author: Susan Kreller
Publisher
: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, USA
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Elizabeth Gaffney
Original Title
: Elefanten sieht man nicht
Original Publisher
: Carlsen Verlag Gmb H
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-0-399-17209-0
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: The translator set the book in the USA
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: Author has been nominated for the German Youth Literature prize twice and has won the Kranichsteiner Literary Prize
Subjects
: Abuse, Brothers and sisters, Child abuse, Dysfunctional relationships, Grandparents, Siblings

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