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Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg

Silent to the Bone (original 2000; edition 2000)

by E. L. Konigsburg

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Title:Silent to the Bone
Authors:E. L. Konigsburg
Info:Atheneum (2000), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:Children's/YA Fiction

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Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg (2000)


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  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
This book is partly a story about a strong friendship and partly a Law & Order episode. Connor has a mission to prove that his friend Branwell did not seriously injure his infant sister. With assistance from his half-sister and a few others, Connor breaks through Branwell's inability to communicate what REALLY happened the night before Thanksgiving. I liked this book. Konigsburg holds a special place in my heart for creating strong, smart characters who have their own, realistic failings and true human feelings that come through in the story. This book doesn't disappoint. This book has some references to female anatomy and sexual situations but does not detail them. ( )
1 vote SparklePonies | Feb 13, 2014 |
A compelling story addressing friendship, family and the struggles involved with coming of age. Very relatable relationships and situations revolving around a well developed mystery. Definitely for a little older audience.
Age recommendation--12+ ( )
  childlikelist | Nov 5, 2013 |
Konigsburg always gets it right. Her delineation of embarassment and shame is well done here, in context of adolescent boys. Big sister Margaret Rose is a treasure too. ( )
  2wonderY | Jul 25, 2013 |
A truly excellent YA novel. A well-written, compassionate, heartbreaking novel about child abuse, guilt and friendship.

Conner's best friend Branwell stands accused of harming his baby half-sister, who is now in a coma. Everybody has theories about what happened, but Branwell isn't able to help the investigation...because he cannot speak. For some reason he is locked into a kind of self-imposed silence. Conner visits Branwell every day at the Juvenile Behavioral Center, and they figure out a method of non-verbal communication which slowly, step by step, leads to the truth.

The depth of friendship between the two boys and the understanding and compassion of Conner's half-sister Margaret contribute to Conner's mission in positive ways. The other adults in the story are sometimes clueless, but nearly all of them do their best to help. (Branwell's grandparents drove me crazy. Him too.)

A good read, with the right sort of ending. Loved it. Recommended. ( )
1 vote MerryMary | Jul 14, 2013 |
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For Anna F. Konigsburg, Sarah L. Konigsburg, and Meg L. Konigsburg --until eponymy
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It is easy to pinpoint the minute when my friend Branwell began his silence.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689867158, Mass Market Paperback)

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

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When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, Nikki, 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.

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