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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
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May 24, 11

Read in May, 2011

The Kneebone Boy is the story of the Hardscrabble children: Otto, Max and Lucia (pronounced Lu-CHEE-a according to the never revealed but easily guessed narrator. The Hardscrabble children are living with their father, Casper, in a town called Little Tunks, near London. Their Mum disappeared five years ago, and their dad goes away on trips to paint famous royalty. Their father is usually quite careful about having them stay with Mrs. Carnival while he is away, but when he has to leave in quite a hurry, he decides to have them stay with his cousin Angela in London. It turns out cousin Angela is away on a holiday when they arrive. Apparently, there was a miscommunication with the girl asked to walk Angela's dog. The resourceful Hardscrabble children, alone in London, find their way to their Great-aunt Haddie's castle folly in Snoring-By-the-Sea. Here they have an adventure trying to find the mysterious kneebone boy, who supposedly is captive in the real castle behind where Great-aunt Haddie is staying. Their stay not only involves adventure, but uncovers other mysteries in their lives. Reminiscent of The Series of Unfortunate Events, the story thoroughly charmed me. Definitely a must read for the middle school crowd.
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