The Second Trial

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?

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About the Author

Rosemarie Boll has been practicing family law for over 20 years. She has written extensively on the legal system and how it affects families. She is committed to educating the public about the complex network of laws which govern our everyday lives, and explaining what the justice system can and cannot do. She currently practices with the Family Law Office of Legal Aid Alberta. Rosemarie lives in Edmonton, Alberta. The Second Trial is her first book.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 1, 2010

  • $11.95 Paperback

  • 240 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 8-12

  • ISBN: 9781897187722


  • Character Education
    > Friendship & Family

  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Abuse


  • 2011 White Pine Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist - Teen Category

Praise for The Second Trial

"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

"Author Rosemary Boll is a lawyer and her background in family law shows in this well-informed and uncompromising novel. This kind of story is often not presented in such ordinary surroundings and I admire the author’s choice of everyday realism." - Resource Links

"...a thoughtful account of life amid the world of domestic abuse, where children can feel confused when adults are not who they pretend to be. Sadly, this topic affects too many families, so it’s timely and helpful to have this insightful literature for assignments and general interest in both public and school libraries." - VOYA Magazine

"Author Rosemarie Boll's first novel describes, in often harrowing detail, the devastating effects that spousal abuse can have on a family. Danny is a sympathetic character and his reactions to the drastic changes in his life are believable for a young teen." - Canadian Children's Book News