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Reading the Bones: A Peggy Henderson Adventure (Peggy Henderson)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Due to circumstances beyond her control, 12-year-old Peggy Henderson has to move to the quiet town of Crescent Beach, British Columbia, to live with her aunt and uncle. Without a father and separated from her mother, who's looking for work, Peggy feels her unhappiness increasing until the day she and her uncle start digging a pond in the backyard and she realizes the rock ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 8th 2008 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sandy D.
Things I loved about this story about an angsty 12 y.o. spending time at her aunt & uncle's house on the coast of British Columbia:

- absolutely great descriptions of archaeology
- one of the only books for the general public (for adults or children!) that I've seen that deals with the idea of "who owns the past", pot-hunting, scientific archaeology, and the repatriation of human remains to Native peoples
- beautiful treatment of the natural environment
- complicated characters, conflict, and so
Darlene Foster
Peggy Henderson has a lot on her plate for a 12-year-old. Her father is dead and her mother has moved to Toronto to find work, leaving her with an aunt and uncle in BC. She doesn't like how her aunt treats her and misses her mom. Things change when she discovers a human skull in the backyard. Peggy learns a lot about life as she learns more about the ancient remains. This is a great book as it teaches kids about the Coast Salish people, archeology and human nature; while being entertained. I lov ...more
I really want to read the second book in this series. The idea was great and the portrayal of adolescence was spot on. The ending was too conveniently tidy for my taste.
Katie lee
interesting really enjoyed the book!^^
Neill Smith
When Peggy’s mother has to go to Toronto to look for work, she is left to live with her mother’s sister and her husband in Crescent Beach. While they are excavating a pond in their backyard they discover a native burial site. The ensuing archaeological dig puts the local archaeologist, her aunt and uncle, and a local trader in native artifacts at odds. Interspersed with the story of Peggy’s situation and the dig is a story of the man whose body is being excavated and an explanation of the condit ...more
This is tricky reading. Much due to the artifacts found from a burial found in Vancouver Peggy with her help from Eddy the archaeologist traveled down the path of deep and personal enlightenment. Peggy brings the reader along the way of visualizing a life from the times of Coast Salish who may be found in parts of British Columbia, Canada.
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Gina McMurchy-Barber is an award winning Canadian author. Her books are favourites with teachers and librarians looking for stories that will bring history to life. Themes include First Nations, building the railroad, fur trade, Vikings and more.

Gina's other passions in life include animals (she was a research assistant in Borneo with Birute Galdikas, studying orangutans), archaeology (earned her
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