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Young adult literature
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University of Queensland Press

About the book

Book cover The Protected by Claire Zorn

Hannah's world has imploded, all thanks to her older sister Katie. Her mum is depressed, her dad's injured and she has to go to compulsory therapy sessions.

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. In a family torn apart by guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of harassment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

The Protected is an honest and searing portrayal of loss and grief that conveys the repercussions of bullying to the modern-day teenager.