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Silent to the Bone
by E.L. Konigsburg
Publisher: Aladdin
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Product Details
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; edition (Apr 1, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0689836023
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 112 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 81518

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4Silent to the Bone, May 18, 2023
Silent to the Bone was very well written. I found it to be somewhat childish. I think the author tried to make the book suspenseful but instead it was just a little slow for something to happen. Yet the whole time I honestly did want to know exactly what would happen to one of the main characters, Branwell. Silent to the Bone shows friendship while being a mystery type of book. There is excitement when you get to parts when you think the detective mystery is about to unfold, yet then you seem to just have to keep reading because something new happens. I would say this book isn't a difficult read and is meant for a mature teenager or younger adult. I think if you are looking for an easy read that is enjoyable you should read Silent to the Bone.

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4Interesting combination of elements, May 6, 2023
I really enjoyed some of the darker themes in this story. It was much more serious than A view from Saturday, even though it deals with kids who are about the same age. The main story-line deals with a boy`s attempts to communicate with his best friend, who is struck mute for a reason not revealed to the end. This was much more than a regular mystery story, there is a lot of insight regarding the characters of the two boys and the deep trauma that one of them goes through. The psycological aspect of his muteness is very sophisticated for a children`s novel, I`d reccomend this one for teens.

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5A Great Mystery Book, May 3, 2023
I read the book Silent to the Bone. I like this book because I like how the author has the main characters best friend narrate the whole story. My favorite part of the book is when Nikki gets released from the hospital and their family gets reunited. I like that the author tells how Nikki is doing in the begginning of each chapter/day. I think the author chould have focoused more on Nikki and her mom and dad with her in the hospital than on Connor trying to solve the mystery. I would give this book 5 stars. I think that overall, this was a great book to read.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5Touchy subject handled.. handily, Jan 23, 2023
From the title, you can see why I'm not a writer!

E.L. Konigsburg is a fantastic writer. Her subjects usually pertain to children, and her characters are children, but the writing is not exclusive to kids. Her characters are real, in a way most juvenile literature misses. She's found a way to capture that moment between youth and adulthood so poignantly that you feel you know or even were the child in the book.

Silent to the Bone was recommended to me by a friend with children just a bit older than mine. It handles a serious subject (child abuse) along with other, no less complex, subjects like sexual awareness and friendship, in a way that makes you want to go back and read it again and again. You want to figure out how it is she does what she does.

I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12. Any younger would be at the discretion of the parent, as there are these complex subjects. But, even as an adult, it's well worth reading.


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5I read it during my free period at school: hard to put down!, Jan 13, 2023
I am 17. I do not have a first period at school at the moment, so I hang out in the library. One day I decided to search for a casual reading book and this one caught my eye. The name reminded me of Hellen Keller, so I picked it up. I think I had read only the first chapter when I began to think, "Wow, this is a really interesting story. Something about it wants me to keep reading". And I did. I just finished it today actually. The structure of the story got me frustrated at first, since it drives you to the very edge of your seat, then backs up to the beginning again. But a few chapters later, it didn't bother me. Now that I think about it, this book is structured like Titanic, where they tell you a nutshell version of the ending first, then tell you how things led up to it. The entire book was so intriguing, and I really felt for the protagonists. I was surprised it was fiction, since the author told it in such vivid detail and sincerity. Like I said before, this book was difficult to put down. An easy read, but there is a quick reference to sexual subjects a few times, so its PG-13.
(If you have read the book, below will make more sense)
SIAS: Silent to the Bone is a wonderfully written book that left me intrigued the entire time as I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for more.
-Subtracting for the cliche, I think Bran would have given that 4 stars-


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