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Shattered

Title

Shattered

Authors

Kathi Baron

Publisher

WestSide Books

Pages

262 pages

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9781934813089

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Family Violence; Separation; Homelessness; violence; rage; violent parent; abusive father; separated parents; homeless teenager; run-away

Annotation

Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he's kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his violent outbursts. With all of their lives shattered in some way, Cassie's family must struggle to repair their broken relationships. As Cassie moves forward, she ultimately finds a way to help others, having developed compassion through her own painful experiences. Written in lyrical prose, Shattered tells the moving story of how one girl finds inner strength through music.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

separated parents

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

violinists; forgiveness; families; adult child abuse victims; homeless shelter; family secrets; music

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Shattered

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