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
This is also a story of loyalty and friendship which eventually led to the truth in the end of the story.
--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 had very high expectations for this book, having read and adored two of this author's previous works.
However, this book wasn't as emotionally complex as those other two, and it was atrociously predictable. The basic premise also required more suspension of disbelief than I was willing or able to give. 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 ...more
I love this book Because it is a mastery were he has to find a way to understand what happened when his buddy however is struck dumb.
I learned that a French man who could not move any part of his body but his eyes wrote a book by having a person point his/her finger at a letter and if the French man blinked 2 times that meant to write the ...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
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
The plot is about a guy named Connor trying to prove his friend Brandwell, who was suffering of dysphasia, innocent and restore all those messed-up family relationships back to normal.
Since it’s a novel for teenagers, I thought that Brandwell would’ve been completely innocent. He is described as a smart, nerd-kind of a guy who is not interested into wo ...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
I read this on a plane and it kept me turning pages. Great cover, great dialogue, and excell ...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 really enjoyed three other books of Konigsburg's before this one, so I was eager to read this one when I found it. She had a reputation of writing for middle grade readers. After this book I can't trust this author w ...more
There were moments when I could hear konigsburg over-explaining, but I think that's the genre. Lovely characters, interesting story, ...more
Totally great. This book approaches a few subjects that are really hard for teenage and preteen boys to talk about.
What I learned, never accused a child of anything. Just ask, because children would never lie.