Silent to the Bone
Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldn't have hurt Branwell's baby half sister, Nikki. But Nikki lies in a coma, and Branwell is in a juvenile behavioral center, suspected of a horrible crime and unable to utter the words to tell what really happened. Connor is the only one who might be able to break through Branwell's wall of silence. But how can h...more
--Connor Kane, "Silent to the Bone", P. 51
"I'm not sure that love and like aren't like cats and dogs: One can't grow up to be the other, but they can be taught to live under the same roof."
--Connor Kane, P. 74
My expectations for E.L. Konigsburg are always as high (or higher) than those I have for any other writer, and I have never known her to let me down. She did not disappoint in "Silent to the Bo ...more
The book is well-written and engaging, and I bought everything except for the overarching premise that a 13-year-old ...more
This book is really, really good.
I read this book because it is one of the few by E.L. Konigsburg that I have never read. I found it in a book store years ago and started to read it, but never picked it up again until yesterday.
I love how the author interweaves her stories. This book is connected to several of her other works, such as "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" and "The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World," in a very subtle, realistic way. I enjoy making those connections and see the pieces fit tog ...more
This is also a story of loyalty and friendship which eventually led to the truth in the end of the story.
But first--the "mystery" in this book isn't all that mysterious, but I'm going to SPOILER ALERT you to it just in case.
So. Of course it's Vivian the crappy au pair who was in such a hury to have sex with the pizza delivery boy that she dropped her infant charge. Clearly she had seduced poor thirteen-year-old Branwell in an incredibly creepy and INCREDIBLY INAPPROPRIATE way, because she's a horrible ...more
I found this book to be highly engaging. After a near-death experience involving his baby sister, Branwell finds himself struck silent. Due to incriminating evidence from the au pair, Vivian, everyone is led to believe that this is due to Branwell's guilt believing that he had something to do with the incident. The only ...more
e.l. Konigsburg ISBN 0-689-83602-3
Imagine you cradling your half baby sister in your arms, looking into her new born baby eyes, enjoying the moment, then all of a sudden you drop her. You run to call 911, you open your mouth…but nothing comes out. This is what happened to Branwell Zamborska. Since that tragic day, Branwell hasn’t talk since. His sister’s suffering from a coma and if he doesn’t speak up now he could be convicted for mansla ...more
The book starts with a 911 call and the caller cannot speak, Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb from the moment he makes the call. Something traumatic has happened and now Branwell is silent to the bone.
Branwell's baby sister suffers from encephalitis and Branwell is blamed for causing the harm. Connor who is Branwell's friend kn ...more
I read this on a plane and it kept me turning pages. Great cover, great dialogue, and excell ...more
In my opinion this book would be good for the middle school age group since it is a great mystery story. It is mostly about relationships both between friends and between siblings and the importance ...more
Totally great. This book approaches a few subjects that are really hard for teenage and preteen boys to talk about.
Branwell Zamborska and Connor Kane have been best friends for a very long time. They have a lot in common; they are both quirky. Like a lot of kids in the town, their parents work at the university. Their fathers are a genetics professor and the university Registrar respectively, their mothers are PhD holding lab assistant ...more
I had very high expectations for this book, having read and loved two of this author's previous works. However, this book wasn't as emotionally complex as those other two, and it was atrociously predictable. I skimmed it because I could tell everything that was going to happen by about chapter 3. The book attempts to deal with some pretty heavy topics (view spoiler)[child abuse and molestation (hide spoiler)] but it seemed superficial and too simplistic. ...more
In Silent to the Bone, Branwell Zamborska is a teen-ager whose voic ...more
What I learned, never accused a child of anything. Just ask, because children would never lie.
Even though I thought I knew the ending, I couldn't put it down.