Silent to the Bone
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What happened on Wednesday, November 25, 2:43 P.M., Eastern Standard Time, to cause Branwell Zamborska to become mute? All anyone knows is that he called 911 because his baby sister, Nikki, had stopped breathing, and when he was unable to speak to the operator, Vivian, the English au pair, came on the line to say that Branwell had dropped the baby and shaken her. His best friend, Connor, begins visiting him at the juvenile behavioral center, where he has been sent while Nikki remains in a coma at the hospital. Working out a code they both can use, Connor begins the long process of trying to communicate with his friend to find out what really happened. With the help of his own half-sister and some canny detective work, Connor uncovers a complex, multilayered tale of human desires, adolescent confusion, and a touch of menace.
E.L. Konigsburg, brilliant Newbery Medal-winning author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday, has honed her skills to a fine point. Her keen understanding of young people is matched by her ability to create suspenseful, page-turning masterpieces. This beautifully written story is darker than some of her others, with a remarkably true glimpse into a young man's inner world. (Ages 10 to 14) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
"This middle-grade novel combines a plot loosely based on a real case with a taut psychological mystery. The author inlays the story with tantalizing facts and peoples it with her hallmark idiosyncratic characters and joins every element seamlessly," said PW's Best Books citation. Ages 10-14. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Nikki lies in a coma while they send Branwell him to the Juvenile Behavioral Center where everyday his best friend Connor comes and see him. Branwell stayed in the Behavioral Center for 20 days. 10 days went by and on the 11th he was making progress, like, he was touching the letters of the alphabet and spelling out words so that Connor could talk to these people.
On the 19th and 20th day he was talking and didn't want anyone to know that, only Connor and Margaret (Connor's big sister). He finally came out of the Behavioral Center and stayed at Margaret's house.
On New Year's Eve, Branwell's dad came to pick up Branwell. He came along with Tina (Branwell's new mom) and Nikki. For the first time that Nikki was ever born Tina gave Branwell Nikki to hold.
McGillin does an a mostly good job of giving each of the characters a distinct voice, and especially, and surprisingly so, with the female characters. His narration makes for easy listening and adds definite value to the already very good book.
This book was only OK. The goods parts were that it wasn't boring even though one of the main characters was silent and what kept me reading was that it was by E.L.K. and that I really wanted to know why the main character was silent to the bone.
However, there isn't anything particularily special about this book, and I did not like the ending. As for the problems about suitability for children, which again you should know from other reviews, speaking AS a child there is nothing there I didn't see on TV or on the internet anyway. However, I was a bit uncomfortable reading it and I'm pretty lax about sexuality. Parents should read this book first and then decide wether or not to read it to your children. However, just because it's PG-13 book doesn't mean it's a bad book, most parents were just angry about that because they weren't expecting it-it was marketed towards middle schoolers.
Most recent customer reviews
"Silent to the Bone" deals with a number of issues; it confronts divorce, friendship, sexual attraction, parent and child relationships, second marriages and child abuse. Read morePublished on June 9 2008 by Pauline
Who did it first, DiCamillo with Tale of Despereaux, or Konigsburg with this?
What I mean is, fine writers putting out silly, under edited cliches. Read more
This book is very strange in that Here we have baby who is neglected and called a brat by the babysitter and then dropped on her head and nearly DIES. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
Silent to the Bone was a fairly easy read book, but yet you can really get into it. The characters feelings were portrayed very well. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by sarah
Silent to the Bone written by E.L. Konigsburg is an awesome book. The author did a great job of showing character growth through the main characters, Branwell and Connor. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Lauren
This book is great because it shows how a good friendship can overcome many obstacles. For example, in this book, Conner Kane helps his temporarily mute friend Branwell Zamborska... Read morePublished on April 10 2004
This book is a great teacher of how people in the extremes of society live. First it depicts a utopian society where everything is smoothly run, but on the other hand, there is... Read morePublished on April 10 2004
First of all, I should state that it was not any of the sexual innuendo that bothered me. Judy Blume was writing about "Viagra moments" decades before this writer. Read morePublished on April 10 2004
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