Bent Not Broken


Before Madeline’s bike accident left her with a traumatic brain injury, she and her twin sister were inseparable. So were her parents. But now, Madeline’s parents are divorced and Becky has become rebellious, angry, and sneaky. Even worse, she doesn’t seem to want Madeline around anymore. At least Madeline knows she can rely on the miniature therapy horses she visits every week. Justin is the president of his school’s Best Buddies club. Before his sister with autism died, he would take her to the barn to visit her beloved therapy horses. Now, with Madeline, he goes there to escape the gloom of his mother’s grief at home and the pressures of his final year in high school. Together, Justin and Madeline help each other to reconnect with the important people in their lives — and with the lives that they thought they’d lost. Each One-2-One novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.



  • Page Count: 240 pp
  • Format: Paper and e-book
  • Publisher: Clockwise Press
  • ISBN: 9781988347035
  • Categories: Children and YA Fiction
  • Age Range: 13+


Foreword Reviews - March 2017

“Bent Not Broken gives a voice to Madeline in a strong, believable way: through her narration, it’s easy to understand the girl whose words, actions, and even emotions can’t always keep up with her thoughts, as well as sympathize with the way the world has changed in its treatment of her after her accident. In a way, Madeline seems trapped in her own body, but her spirit comes through clearly over the course of the novel, and it’s Madeline’s own agency that ends up shaping the lives of those around her.”