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Blood Water Paint

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen artist fights rapist in riveting tale of 1610 Rome.

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This riveting story of 17th-century Rome spins, mostly in verse, a powerful tale of a young girl who, inspired by biblical heroines, stands up against her male abusers. In Blood Water Paint, first-time novelist Joy McCullough reveals a strong, complex, appealing character in Artemisia, whose sense of rightness won't allow her to meekly accept victimhood.

if Tuzia cannot remove the stain

if my father cannot keep monsters from my home

if my brothers will not come when I scream

then I will do it for

my self

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