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Silent to the Bone

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Silent to the Bone

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If someone told you that a Frenchman once wrote an entire book by blinking his left eye while someone recited the alphabet, would you believe him? Well, in SILENT TO THE BONE, knowing that fact comes in handy when Connor has to find a way to communicate with his best friend Branwell. You see, Branwell cannot talk. He's also had a recent change of address --- from his home, to the County Juvenile Behavioral Center.

It all began with a 911 call. Branwell dialed the phone, but then wasn't able to tell the operator that his baby half-sister was breathing funny and wouldn't wake up --- he was struck mute. Vivian, the au pair hired to take care of the baby, told the emergency workers that Nikki had been dropped and shaken…by Branwell. Luckily, Connor doesn't believe that his friend did it --- he knows that Branwell loves his new sister too much. So begins Connor's detective work. With Branwell giving him people to talk to and clues to investigate (by way of flashcards and blinks, or course), and with the help of his adult half-sister Margaret, Connor begins to unravel the roots of Branwell's silence. But will it be enough to bring Nikki out of her coma and Branwell out of his isolation?

Konigsburg's newest book is much more than a mystery story. Her characters are wonderfully drawn, and explore real human emotions that are difficult both to understand and to experience. The reader gets the feeling that Konigsburg has not lost touch with what it was like to be an adolescent.

Silence can be a golden opportunity to listen and learn, or a way of hiding from the truth. One fantastic read!

Reviewed by Betsy Pabrinkis on October 1, 2000

Silent to the Bone
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  • Publication Date: October 1, 2000
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • ISBN-10: 0689836015
  • ISBN-13: 9780689836015