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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144242916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442429161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this powerful debut novel, K.M. Walton takes an unrelenting look at the corrosive effects of bullying, sometimes coming from where one would least expect it. CRACKED crackles with emotional intensity from beginning to end.”

--James Howe, bestselling author of THE MISFITS

"Readers who enjoy stories of dysfunction, personal growth, and redemption will love this book."
VOYA, February 2012

"[Bull's and Victor's] stories offer a strong message of hope to the bullied and abused."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2012

About the Author

K. M. Walton is a former middle-school language arts teacher and Cracked is her fiction debut. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

More About the Author

K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked (Simon Pulse 2012), Empty (Simon Pulse 2013), and the co-author of Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking (Corwin Press 2012) a book for mathematics teachers K - 8. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she's passionate about ending peer bullying. She gives school presentations on the topic "The Power of Human Kindness." K. M. is a graduate of West Chester University and a PAWLP fellow. She lives in PA with her husband, two sons, cat, and turtle.

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This book is so well written in BOTH main character's voices.
Meg-a-mom
The plot line is very original and the characters are just as unexpected.
bookworm123
This book kept me up all night, and I finished it in just a day.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By What's On the Bookshelf on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about bullying, family, friends, and the importance of feeling like there's someone that loves you enough to care about you, protect you, and give you what you need. Both Bull and Victor are looking for that someone, but they have VERY different lives. Victor is the quiet, hide in a corner to be invisible guy. Bull is the bully, always causing trouble with fights and humiliating Victor.

The most amazing thing with this book to me was that I didn't connect with the character I thought I would. It's a book about bullying, so I thought I'd connect with Victor more than Bull. Boy was I wrong. From almost the first time we met Bull he's the one my heart went out to. K.M. Walton did such a fantastic job at showing the other side of bullying. She demonstrated the behind-the-scenes of a bully.

When it came to Bull I wanted to reach out and hug him and never let go. Because I want you to read this book I'm not going to tell you much about what happens with Bull at home or once he gets to the hospital. I will tell you that things are both expected and unexpected in good ways.

Another aspect of this book that I loved was the realism to the story. So many times in fiction with a story like this the acceptance and turn around is quick. Really quick. We all want a happy or hopeful ending, and you'll get that in this book. But you won't read about how in the first day of being in the psych hospital that these two boys reconcile and become best friends. In fact, as I read I wondered if they would ever reconcile. K.M. Walton definitely took the truthful, not so pretty, approach to playing out the story and I love that.

In the end these boys find the love they were looking for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meg-a-mom on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
K.M. Walton nails it!! This book is so well written in BOTH main character's voices. From the first page...the FIRST sentence...this book draws you in and keeps you wanting more ...page after page. I didn't want to put the book down. I laughed, I cried and I didn't want it to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookYAReview on February 13, 2012
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When I first heard of this novel, I honestly didn't know what to expect. So when I ordered it on Amazon and started it, my breath was taken away at how beautiful and great the book was!

This book was incredible.

First, the writing style. I loved K. M. Walton's voice in these two boys. I felt for them (even Bull), and whenever something horrible would happen (something like abuse), it really pulled at my heart. I loved that this story was about bullying and basically trying to overcome a bully, and I appreciate K. M. for crafting the story like she did.

Next, the characters. Like I said before, Victor and Bull made me feel sad and happy. I felt bad for Victor right from the get-go, and I finally came to understand Bull's mean ways. And the way that K. M. put them in the situations they got into really made me breathless. She's a very talented writer!

Then, there's just the actual story. I hate bullying, and when Bull would do something to Victor, I wanted to jump into the pages of Cracked and force Bull to stop being a horrible and wicked person. This book kept me up all night, and I finished it in just a day. This book was such a great book.

One more thing before I wrap this all up: the pacing. K. M. Walton paced this novel perfectly, and I always wanted to keep reading the story just to find out what exactly would happen. The story and characters always intrigued me, and I loved this story! And... it had short chapters! I love short chapters in a book. I have no idea why, but I do!

Overall, I highly recommend you go get this novel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Conallen on January 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a great read for teens and parents alike. The best books are those that teach us something or inspire us in some way and this book has surely done that for me. I was engrossed from chapter one! I walked away from this book reminded that I should always be looking for that person who needs a kind word or encouragement. Sometimes it is the smallest gestures that make the biggest impact. The characters are diverse and so well developed. Selfish and brokens characters are starkly contrasted by loving, warm and generous ones. You will follow Victor and Bull as they experience pain and sorrow as well and joy and love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard Smartt on February 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that I had trouble putting aside until I was completely finished reading it. Found myself immersed in the actions,responses, and words that are used to describe what both boys were experiencing on a daily basis. This book is being purchased as a must for my library.
Thank you for the depth and understanding of this issue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on February 4, 2012
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This book broke my heart from the very beginning. On one side there is Victor. He is bullied at school by Bull and there is no love for him at home. His parents are horrible. They might be rich and provide for him, but he is completely alone. Then there is Bull. Bull's dad isn't in the picture, his mom is an alcoholic who literally made her child eat mouse crap when he was seven, and his grandfather beats the crap out of him all the time. On the same day, Victor tries to kill himself and Bull tries to kill his grandfather, landing them both in the suicidal psych ward in the hospital. Both boys are in so much pain and are so broken, each in their on way.

My main issue I had with Cracked was that from the description, I really thought that both Victor and Bull were going to bond. I thought that they were going to spill their hearts out to each other, but that did not happen. Bull didn't even talk about his life with the other teenagers in group therapy, and I was really hoping that he would.

The ending was very moving and filled with hope. Overall, I really enjoyed Cracked. It was a very quick read which flowed nicely.
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