Silent to the Bone

Silent to the Bone

Book - 2000
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When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
ISBN: 9780689836015
0689836015
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,20 cm.

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Nakkid
Jun 23, 2014

I imagine E.L. Konigsburg was a very chatty person, because this characteristic shows up in her narrators. This can be both amusing, as well as annoying sometimes. The narrator for this book is a 13-year-old kid, and boy does he talk a lot. Sometimes I was laughing, and other times I would think, "Damn, this kid talks too much." In fact, Connor is made to talk so much, that by chapter 7 or so, I had already figured out the mystery...and I still had like 18 chapters to go. Of those 18 chapters, some consisted of Connor's investigations or findings, while others were just Connor narrating stuff. Personally, I feel this book could have been at least 50 pages shorter than what it is. The constant rambling made me finally start to skim through the chapters. Also, I feel that some of the characters should have had more scenes in the story. Several characters were mentioned who really shape Branwell's experiences and stuff, but we mainly only hear about them. That's kind of a bummer. =/ Regardless of my rant though, I think this book has more stuff for parents to read than for kids. It can bring a lot of things to light that parents may not realize affect their children (such as childcare, divorce, remarriage, puberty, etc). I hope this book will especially make parents think twice about how their children are being cared for.

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the_golux
Sep 17, 2011

A brilliant YA look at a much more complex depiction of abuse than 'issue books' usually give us. Well written and engrossing, funny at times, and at other times terrifying and sad. Well worth the read.

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Nakkid
Jun 23, 2014

Nakkid thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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red_panda_2342
Apr 14, 2013

red_panda_2342 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Nakkid
Jun 23, 2014

Other: Subtle racist comments directed towards Vietnamese-Americans. They are not meant to reflect any personal opinions or anything, but these comments are mainly in the story to help the reader understand part of certain characters' dislike for another character (they are pretty much stereotyping the person in question). (Irrelevant to what I just wrote) Smoking is in the story as well.

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Nakkid
Jun 23, 2014

Sexual Content: The main characters are 13 year old boys, and it is hinted that they are going through puberty, as they don't seem sure about how to feel about sexual attractions. A sub-genre for this book is Coming-of-Age, so these feelings are mentioned a couple of times in the book. A couple is hinted at having sexual encounters multiple times.

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