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Song of an Innocent Bystander

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When she was nine-years-old, Freda walked into an underground restaurant and straight into a terrifying ordeal&150for thirty-six hours she was at the mercy of a deranged gunman. While her parents waited outside, Freda allied herself with the one person who could possibly save her&150the gunman. Ten years later, a newspaper reporter is seeking the truth about Freda. ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Dutton Juvenile (first published January 1st 2002)
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Cornmaven
This is a pretty intense book, and I could not put it down. It chronicles a fictional young woman struggling with PTSD brought on by a hostage/siege situation when she was 9 years old. The book moves back and forth to relive the siege, revealing (maybe) what really happened, along with revealing how the girl has fared over the years. It also chronicles how each of her parents reacted to the situation (they were not with her), and how that has affected her. Alternates between third and first pers ...more
Michelle
I really enjoyed this book the first time I read it... and the second and third... It is one of my favourite books ever.
Lauren
I read this first when I was in high school and when I saw it on the shelves at work I remembered having really liked it, but not what happened or what I like about it. Not everything worked for me - the flashbacks to Frieda aged x didn't seem to match tone for me and took away from the urgency of the siege flashbacks as well as Frieda's current experiences, the William reveal seemed obvious (maybe it was meant to be, or maybe this is a YA thing where its a bit more on the nose?) and the end "re ...more
Ailsa Bentley
Jun 20, 2012 Ailsa Bentley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teenagers (mainly girls)
This book didn't turn out how I thought it would. I thought it was going to be another teenage "woe is me, my life is awful" book that is just crappy and self absorbed. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This creative novel delves into the psychology of an event and analyzes the characteristics of each person. Ok. I just made that sound really boring, but actually, its fascinating.
I'm a teen, but I don't like all that vampire, love, sadness, loss, books that seem to take over the young adult b
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Michala Tyann
Book Review: The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone
By: Michala T.


The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone (2004)
When Freda was nine years old she and her family goes to eat out. Freda is psyched because normally her mother Nancy would never agree to such a place as Family Value. So when her kids meal doesn’t include the sticker she so badly wanted she talks her dad into letting her go back in to get her sticker. With determination, Freda walks straight to the front counter unaware
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Roxanne
As i was making my way through this novel i felt that there was so much emotion in it, it was as if all the emotion that each character had was locked in a tiny bottle waiting to be unleashed, that's what it stayed to be; locked emotion, it didn't burst out to me. There was so much going on that at times i strayed from remembering who the main character was, but when i did remember, i never forgot all that she went through, it was as if i was in there, with her in that underground restaurant, wa ...more
Magella
Despite the fact that this is technically YA, and I'm 20 already I somehow felt a little too young to be reading this. A lot of the emotions that the characters were experienced were way over my head, adn the general tone set me on edge in a not-so-pleasant way (although this could be because I don't read many thrillers.) While the story was interesting, the characters didn't really let me in (or rather, Freda seemed to be intent on shunting me out.) I think this falls into the read again when I ...more
Lydia
very slow at times
Jody Werth
It is an interesting premise, I think the author could have done more with it, but it wasn't bad.
Sarah
With the approach of the tenth anniversary of the time she was held hostage in a fast food restaurant, nineteen-year-old Freda Opperman struggles to make sense of her memories of the event and how they have shaped her life.
Jane
Absolutely incredible, I would suggest this to everyone. It is a realy great book on what a tramatic event in childhood can do as well as a thought provoking look at the goodness of ones life.
Wolfie
Interesting point of view on a tragic event that changed a group of people's lives..
Sanitys Cky
3.5 stars.... Well written definitely for an older YA reader...
Rhiannon
A story of a girl who was locked in a restaurant with a lunatic.
Kelci
it was good but also kinda werid and the whole way it was played out.
Maggie
A great premise, but it never really came together.
Hallie
After reading all of the ratings, I had pretty high hopes for this book. I really wanted to like it but I found myself turning the page just to be done with it. Only about 20-30 pages towards the end were able to even keep my interest.
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I am an author of books for young readers and young adults. I am Australian, and my books are published in Australia, the USA, the UK, Germany, Korea, Brazil and Finland.

My novel, The Song of an Innocent Bystander is being adapted into a major feature film. My children's book series, Philomena Wonderpen, has been bought by an International media company to be adapted for television.

I teach writing
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