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

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Another book written for teens, but E.L. Konigsburg is just the sort of writer who drags you in and forces you to finish a book at one sitting. I got this because I heard it was a tie-in to 'The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place.' It sort of is - it takes place in the same town, but years later, and the story itself isn't connected at all.
It's sort-of a mystery. A teen boy, Connor, tells the story. His best friend, Branwell, finds himself psychologically unable to talk after an incident at his home. His baby half-sister was dropped on her head, and is comatose. The au pair nanny accuses Branwell of dropping her. It's kind of obvious to the reader that Branwell didn't mean any harm (and that the nanny is an awful person) - but why does Branwell find himself unable to speak up to defend himself? Connor must find a way of communicating with Branwell and unraveling the truth. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Sweet story though a little far fetched in terms of what happened to the baby and her recovery. ( )
  Big_Blue | Sep 29, 2015 |
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  mrsforrest | 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 |
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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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