Bone by Bone by Bone
FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK in 1950s, Tennessee. Tony Johnston draws on her own childhood memories to limn a portrait of a sensitive and compassionate boy fighting for a friendship his father forbids.
David's daddy is determined that his son will grow up to be a doctor like himself. David studies the human bones, and secretly teaches them in turn to his black friend,...more
This is a beautifully written, heartbreaking book. David Church is nine years old in 1951 and living with his father, grandmother and great-grandmother in a small Tennessee town. In many ways David lives an idyllic life filled with long, lazy days exploring the ponds and caves near his town. At his birth David’s father hung a complete human skeleton by his crib. David learns the names of all the bones and intends, as his father wishes, to become a doctor. There is a very ...more
The author's usage of vocabula ...more
The characterization, fortunately, is somewhat more complex, if still heavyhanded. The nuance that Johnson brings to the racist "Daddy" propels m ...more
Good book. Though it wasn't enough to have me abandoning myself in the book. I'm a YA fantasy/paranormal/romance reader, so I'm probably not the best judge of how good this book is.
Do pick it up if:
You love historical fiction
You are into the Americal Civil War
Do not pick it up if:
You find hate history or find it incredibly boring
You do not like reading about white supremacy
You do not like dark stories depicting racism
Poof! He's a simple country doctor, doing his best for those friends he grew up with as they lay dying. Poof! He's a good ol' Southern boy, getting drunk as a skunk at a local wedding and shooting up toasters. Poof! He's the good son who respects his grandma and loves his black mammy. Poof! He's a ...more
It is the story of an inter-racial friendship in Tennessee in the 1950's, when such a friendship had to be conducted in secret or not at all.
Racial intolerance is explored through the characters of the two nine year old boys, and a vivid picture of the horror of racism is portrayed for the reader.
Tony Johnson's language and writing style help to make palatable her subject matter, and kept me turning the pages ev ...more
This rule manages to backfire and makes for a surprise if not inevitable ending. ...more
I recommend this book to people who ...more
Set in the early 1950's in Tennessee, this is the story of David Church's struggle in understanding and inability to come to terms with the overt racism of his family and members of his community. David's best friend is Malcolm a free spirited Black boy. Dr. Church has warned David that if his friend sets foot in the house, he will be shot. It is an eye opening look at racism.
"In 1950s Tennessee, ten-year-old David's racist father refuses to let him associate with his best friend Malcolm, an African American boy."
The end though, that was so sad. Why do books have to have sad endings? I mean, it was happy sad, I dunno it was just sad.
ALl in all it was a very enjoyable read which I enjoyed very much!