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

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 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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Nora Bear
May 26, 2016 Nora Bear rated it it was amazing

This review is about the amazing novel called, Reading The Bones! A twelve year-old girl named Peggy moved to the quiet town of Crescent Beach with her Aunt Margaret and Uncle Stuart while her mom finds a job. Uncle Stuart and Peggy were digging a pond in the backyard and Peggy spots something… or is it someone? She finds a human skull! Peggy is scared but a little excited because she gets to work with a special paleontologist named Eddy. Everyday Peggy and Eddy would
go to the backyard and inve
May 26, 2016 Anneliese rated it it was amazing

Reading the Bones is a fascinating story of a twelve-year-old girl named Peggy. Peggy had to be separated from her mom and sent to Crescent Beach. There, Peggy lived with aunt Margaret and her uncle Stuart. Uncle Stuart was digging a pond in his backyard and Peggy found a skull in the pond! Mrs. Hobbes and Mr. Grimbal are two other fictional characters in this book that live in Crescent Beach.

Peggy had to live with her aunt and uncle so that her mom can find a job. Peggy found a skull
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
Mar 02, 2012 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
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
Apr 01, 2015 Katie lee rated it really liked it
interesting really enjoyed the book!^^
Neill Smith
Jul 31, 2011 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2013 Arthur rated it it was amazing
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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