Antheneum Books for Young Readers
After her stepfather is arrested for child abuse, thirteen-year-old Karina's home life improves but while the severity of her older sister's injuries and the urging of her younger sister, their uncle, and a friend tempt her to testify against him, her mother and other well-meaning adults pursuade her to claim responsibility.
Family Relationships; Family violence; Step parent; step father; abusive step father; violence
mother and step father
Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2008, Commended Title
Edgar Allan Poe Awards, 2008, Nominee, Best Young Adult Book
National Book Award, 2007, Finalist, Young People's Literature
middle school; child abuse charges; bad grades; New York; fear
Felin, M. Sindy, "Touching Snow" (2007). Diverse Families. 1105.