Silent to the Bone

Silent to the Bone

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On Wednesday, November 25, at 2:43 P. M., Eastern Standard Time, Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb. Nikki, his baby half sister, has slipped into a coma. Branwell dials 911, but when the emergency operator answers, he cannot speak. He cannot explain what is wrong. He cannot utter a sound.Vivian Shawcurt, theau pairfrom England, takes over. She tells the emergency medical team that Branwell dropped Nikki and shook her.Nikki is taken to the Clarion County Hospital, and Branwell is sent to the Clarion County Juvenile Behavioral Center.Branwell's dad asks Connor, Branwell's best friend, to visit the Behavioral Center to see if he can break the silence and find out what happened. Connor knows that Branwell loves Nikki. Why would he hurt her?Connor finds a way to communicate with Branwell and, with the help of Margaret, his older half sister, he begins to investigate the events leading up to the silence. Slowly he discovers what Branwell's problems really are and what it takes to help Branwell reveal what happened that Wednesday afternoon.More than a detective story -- though that element is here -- this many-layered tale explores in E. L. Konigsburg's unique manner basic human needs and emotions with suspense, excitement, and deep understanding.
Publisher: c2000.
ISBN: 9780689836015
0689836015
9780689836022
Branch Call Number: FIC Konig

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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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