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Silent to the Bone Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689867158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689867156
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,230,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"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.

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By A Customer on Aug. 12 2001
Format: Hardcover
As usual, Konigsburg has turned out a well-written book centered around a complicated plot. However, as a middle school teacher, I cannot in good conscience recommend the book to the students in my school because of the content. The plot centers around the sexual ensnarement of an adolescent boy by an older female. While the sexual activities of the female were not described in great detail, they were present. As an adult, I realize that these things do happen in our society. I found the psychological insights interesting, but as a teacher, I do not feel the parents in my school would appreciate me recommending this book for middle school children. I do not support censorship, but I was blindsided by the content of the book which many in my small southern community would find offensive.
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Format: Paperback
Silent to the Bone is a great story. The book is about a boy whose name is Branwell and one day when he comes home from school he sees his half-baby sister breathing weird and he starts to yell "Vivi, come here. It's Nikki." The babysitter, Vivian, came into the room and abuses. She tells him to call 911 and he did. When the operator comes on the phone he is silent.
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.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Something has happened to Branwell Zamborska. This boy who loves not only words, and their power, but the sound of his own voice has gone mute. Accused of dropping his sister, Branwell, or Bran, has been taken into custody. Branwell's best friend Connor takes it upon himself to find out what happened on that fateful day, convinced that this will allow his friend to start talking again. Alternating between flashback and present day events Connor is a likable, but admittedly not perfect, narrator. Konigsburg does an excellent job of tackling some of the deep and powerful issues revolving around adolescence in a serious manner, but avoids making the book feel like a downer. Through his investigation Connor discovers as many things about himself as he does about Bran leading to a satisfying conclusion.
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.
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By A Customer on May 15 2004
Format: Paperback
You should know the plot by reading the other reviews so I won't explain that to you. Anyway...
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.
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By A Customer on April 11 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
The novel Silent to the bone by E.L. Konigsburg was a novel about two friends who learned how to not take things for granted. Branwell, a red headed teenager, is having problems with his home life involving his parents' divorce and his new step mom and younger sister. He feels very ignored within his family, until the hire an au pair named Vivian. Branwell falls in love with her, and practically becomes her slave relieving her from all duties as an au pair while she just relaxes and hangs out with her boyfriend, Morris. Connor, Branwell's best friend, starts noticing that Branwell is acting differently and has become sensitive about girls. The two friends slowly start drifting farther and farther apart, until one day the unexpectable happened, Nikki, Branwell's baby sister, was dropped by someone, and taken to the hospital. Vivian took no responsibility for what happened and blamed it on Branwell, and because of this, Branwell became a mute, he could talk, but he chose not to. He did not know what to do so the best thing was to keep his mouth shut, until when he really needed to speak up he couldn't. Connor tried getting through to Branwell, who was placed in a facility, and had to come up with ways to communicate with him without talking. When Connor needed help with talking to Branwell, he got it from his friend and stepsister, Margaret. After months of stress, Connor finally got Branwell to speak, and he spilled the whole story of how Vivian had dropped Nikki. Vivian was fired as the au pair, and the whole incident has brought Connor and Branwell closer. Reading this book made me think about how many simple things in my life, like being able to talk, I take fore granted. It also taught me the importance of speaking up when you have something to say.
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