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The Second Trial

by: Rosemarie Boll

What do you do when your father becomes the enemy of your family?

Danny McMillan never knew that his father was abusing his mother, until a night of violence that shattered his family forever. Watching in the courtroom as his father is sentenced, Danny struggles with divided loyalties – to his mother on one side and to his father whom he wants to forgive on the other.

After one trial is over, another begins for Danny. Social services and the police convince Danny’s mother that they must go into a victim protection program. Danny is asked to leave everything behind – his home, his friends, and the love and support of his grandparents. In a new city and attending a new school, Danny is even given a new name – David Mayer. But who is David? He is someone that Danny does not want to be, living a life he cannot accept. As David, he is pushing boundaries he never would have pushed.

If the normal rules no longer apply, why not break them?


Finalist for the 2011 White Pine Award, the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program

Finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Teen category


"This story is beautifully told, and readers will be pulled along with Danny as he slowly comes to face reality and his own demons. With most of the graphic violence offstage, this story is sensitive enough for younger readers to handle, yet the characters seem so real."
- School Library Journal

"This book is very good! One learns, through the eyes of a child, how domestic violence affects all members of a family. One also learns what programs such as NIVA do to help these families."
- Canadian Teacher Magazine


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