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Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna


3.80  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Meet Harrison and Anna.

One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behaviour” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him.

The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Be
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Clockwise Press
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Derpy Queen I absolutely loved it. It was the point of view of the 2 main characters, It was quite confusing at times, for instance, the ice cream meeting. When e…moreI absolutely loved it. It was the point of view of the 2 main characters, It was quite confusing at times, for instance, the ice cream meeting. When everything was being told again in Harrison's POV (It was Anna's first) I thought that I was reading it again. But soon it cleared away.(less)

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Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars

Fragile Bones is the story of Harrison, a boy with high-functioning autism, who watches Grey’s Anatomy religiously and knows all the bones in the human body. He will also recite them to you when he gets nervous, walk in circles, and flap his hands. When he joins the Best Buddies programme in school, he gets paired up with Anna, who thinks the programme will look good on her college resume. Slowly but surely, Harrison becomes more comfortable in her presence and is eventually able to cal
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I'm a nurse and happen to be pretty well versed in the basics of autism spectrum disorders. I feel the book did a good job finding Harrison's voice and describing his view of the world. I highly appreciate and respect anyone that tries to explain what it's like for those with autism.

If you like this, I highly recommend Temple Grandin - her book and the movie based on her life were incredibly illuminating.

The book did a good job not only describing what it is like for Harrison, but also for hi
Donna Maguire
I feel honoured to have been given an opportunity to read this book, it was so beautifully written and it really touched my heart. The main characters are Anna and Harrison. Anna has joined the Best Buddy scheme at school in order initially to progress her CV and she is assigned to be with Harrison. Harrison suffers from high functioning autism and this book deals with how he starts to progress and the developments he makes with Anna as his friend. Its such a hard subject to write about and I kn ...more
Camillia (Twenty Three Pages)

I've always been interested in Autism and other neurological and personality disorders and because of that, I've always loved reading books on the subject (okay only fiction books for now). So I was very happy to receive a copy of this book to read and review.

This book follows Harrison, who has autism, and Anna, the girl who befriends him. I really enjoyed this quick and simple read. In fact I cried a bit at some parts. I thought this book was re
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
You can find this review along with many others on my blog Seamless Reader!

When you are a dedicated YA reader, there can come a point in which you feel like things start getting repetitive and the books start feeling more and more similar as you go on. Fragile Bones was like a breath of fresh air. A new and refreshing read brimming with diversity.

I liked how this book focuses on the disease that is Asperger's (a form of autism where the sufferer has a fixation on a certain topic, in Harrison's
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Really enjoyed this book. I would describe it as similar to "The Rosie Project" for younger readers. The pacing is nice and easy, the writing is smooth and the plot is seamless, all of which makes for a comfortable read. There are moments or relationships upon which the author touched and about which I was/am interested in learning more, such as Anna's relationship with her mother (ex. they never really talk about why Anna thinks her mother grew disinterested in her). However, the length of the ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

I actually just finished this book less than a half hour ago, and I want to get into my review before I forget any of it!

I received a copy of this book from Clockwise Press via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Fragile Bones tells the story of Harrison and Anna, a boy with high-functioning Autism, and the girl who befriends him. The two are a pair of unlikely friends, but are put together in the Best Buddy club at their school. Through this pairing, Anna hopes to have something new t
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This was such a sweet, feel good book. I loved the relationship between Harrison and Anna and how both of them learned something about each other and how to cope with everyday life. The author obviously knew a great deal about autism and portrayed Harrison and his struggles so perfectly. My only complaint was that you often had overlap of the same story being told because each chapter bounced back and forth between the two characters. This was a little too repetitive at times.
Rachel Seigel
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about a teenage boy with high functioning Autism, and a girl who pairs up with him through the Best Buddy program in her school. I really love the alternating voices and how the reader gets to see the perspective of both characters as their experience in the program helps them to grow and change.
Nicole Winters
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Good, tight writing, memorable characters and a really intense Act III. I've been involved with the Autistic community through the hospital and with friends who have Autistic children and you can tell Lorna's done her research. Fragile Bones is nominated for a Red Maple award and I can see why. Good luck and I hope you win! ...more
Kiana Nguyen
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
1/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I am not disabled and therefore don’t have the most informed reading.

I requested the galley of Fragile Bones because Harrison is an autistic character and I want to read more diverse YA fiction. I was very hopeful for a fresh voice in terms of disabled characters.

I didn’t get that.

Where the author might have meant to make a heartwarming story, she managed to create another one dimensional portrayal of an autistic person and the resume-fluffing do-gooder who deigns to ackno
Cayt Landis
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Fragile Bones is the story of Harrison, a teenage boy with autism and Anna, a high achieving student looking to pad her resume by joining the Best Buddies program. Best Buddies is a school program that pairs a person with developmental or social issues with a neurotypical teenager, in hopes of helping them learn how to deal with typical social situations. Harrison is a high functioning autistic who tends to recite the bones in the body and fixate on germs. Anna is top of her class and hopes to g ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I just finished reading a thought provoking novel written by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, called, Fragile bones. It is a realistic fiction book about a 15 year old boy named Harrison and an 18 year old girl named Anna. Harrison is a young boy with high functioned autism and when he gets anxious he starts to recite the bones in the body, when his mom realized he isn't very good socially she told him to join the best buddies club. When Harrison was at the meeting he spotted a girl with high heels and ...more
Aliza London
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

A sweet, feel-good book, but unfortunately, has a few flaws.

Fragile Bones is about Harrison, a fifteen-year-old boy with high-functioning autism and Anna, a high school senior who’s joined the “Best Buddies” program at her school for a helpful addition to her college applications. When these two are paired together, they go through the entirety of the novel getting to know each other and forming an uncommon and sweet friendship.

This is a wonderfully sweet novel, and a p
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Big Bang Theory, specifically Sheldon
I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This review was originally published on my blog; Little Miss Reader

I've been looking for a book like this for a while, I think autism/Aspergers is really interesting and I somehow love that extra quirk it gives a character. That said; I absolutely loved Harrison.
I expected to enjoy it but I did not expect to fly through it in a couple of hours! It definitely gripped me and kept me reading until I'd finished i
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally posted here.

This book was hard to review. Initially, I loved it. It was heartwarming and thought provoking. Unfortunately in this instance distance has not made my heart grow fonder. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I dislike it. Is it horribly written? No. Is it an awful book? Not at all. But, I definitely have some serious gripes.

Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna is written in the alternating perspectives of the two main characters, Harrison and Anna. Harrison, who has high fu
Wendy F
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The first thing about this book that caught my eye was the title. Fragile Bones; something about it just feels really beautiful. What actually made me request this title for review was the synopsis, though. As far as I can remember, I haven’t read a book that highlighted an autistic teenager as one of the main characters, let alone tell the story from his perspective.

Right from the beginning I loved reading Harrison’s words. Clearly the chapters that were all about Harrison were the standout sec
Rebecca Mckenzie
A very insightful book into what it's like to have high functioning autism - both from the autistic person and those who support him. I think Nicholson portrayed both views exceedingly well and developed a sense of empathy guided from both points of view. As I was reading this I felt I was Anna and Harrison, could place myself inside them both and understand their feelings.

I love that there are so many excellent youth fiction books that delve into so many issues - and I think kids can grasp a be
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it

I thought this book was unique, interesting, and thoroughly 'alright'. It reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I loved Harrison and Anna, the main characters. Loved them. I also appreciated the emotions of this book. There were plenty emotions, and I felt them. There were even moments when I gasped in fright! Or when I felt embarrassed for them.

Harrison is special. In fact, he is unique. I love the fact that he is so unique. Harrison has so many traits! He is a germ
Kristy K
I loved this book. Specifically, Harrison's voice. Harrison has Asperger's (which, according to Harrison, is now known as high-function autism) and is such a heartwarming character. He fixates on bones, has a germ phobia, an amazing intellect, and even though life gets hard and people get mean, he still perseveres and tries to adjust as tough as that may be. My heart broke for the challenges he endured, the bullying he succumbed to, and the overall difficulties he suffered by having Asperger's.

Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A perfect read for younger fans of Haddon's Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime or Simsion's The Rosie Project. Fragile Bones offers an enlightening look into the mind of autistic teen, Harrison, and his assigned Best Buddy, Anna. At first the pair seem to have little in common, Anna is a perfectionist who focuses primarily on school and maintaining high grades with the hopes of one day becoming a doctor while Harrison struggles on focusing on anything but Grey's Anatomy and the differe ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to Clockwise Press for allowing me to read this title early through NetGalley. This was my first time receiving an advanced copy and I chose a wonderful title to begin with.

Fragile Bones follows the story of Harrison and Anna, during their time in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Harrison has high functioning autism and is fixated on bones and can name every one in the body. Anna is an ambitious 4.0 student in her senior year working towards acceptance
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Harrison's family thinks that it would be good for him to join the Best Buddies Program at his high school. It is a program that pairs two students together in hopes to make unlikely connections. Harrison recites the bones in the human body when he gets nervous, he loves to watch reruns of Grey's Anatomy every day after school, he doesn't understand why anyone would wear high heeled shoes, and he is super sensitive about germs. Anna is super concerned about grades and college applications. She i ...more
Tânia M.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What a lovely read! I Really enjoyed it.

This book has the perfect combination of a beautiful writing and a beautiful story.
I love books with simple ideas, but with great characters and this was what i found in this one. Anna and Harrison are the main characters and we get to read from both points of view. He is a young boy, who suffers from high-functioning autism and Anna is a little older than him, and they
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fragile bones. I was amazed at how deep and touching a book could become. I would rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5. I appreciate how red maple is an excellent way to expand the types of genres we read. I have read only a couple of books about children with any disorder of sorts. Surprisingly I am actually enjoying those types of books with great morals. I enjoyed the alternate perspective which didn't keep the spotlight solely to a specific protagonist. This book offered many new concepts and s ...more
Harrison and Anna's friendship was fun to read for the most part. Anna tried very hard to be accommodating and seemed genuinely concerned that Harrison liked her and had fun experiences with her. She wasn't perfect, she made mistakes that were authentic to a teenage girl with a new boyfriend.
Harrison's chapters were fairly well written. Based on my experience with high functioning autism, I felt like the author did her research well enough. I did feel like he had too many episodes, especially gi
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review
My work with children on the spectrum was probably what piqued my interest in this book because one of the main characters, Harrison has Autism and the other works with him through a school program.
I am always skeptical of books written with a split perspective, but Lorna did a great job executing it. Anna and Harrison's perspectives overlapped during periods that they were together which I thought was a great touch abd and that it gave great
Emily Shaw
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy of this book for review from NetGalley.

I actually really enjoyed this book. I feel that it was a different perspective and attitude on autism and mental illness. Harrison is an autistic teenager who has a fascination with bones, and Anna is his "best buddy," a program in their school which pairs students together to assist each other. I loved how caring and thoughtful Anna was throughout the novel. She handled all of the situations with a great attitude, even if she did
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The back cover invites the reader to meet Harrison and Anna, two high school students who are paired through the Best Buddies club. Not only do you get to meet them, you get the inside look and feel of how they think and move and interact. You see, Harrison struggles to understand other people and relate to them due to the effects of having Aspergers/autism. While Anna is a high-achieving student, she has life struggles of her own. This story is brilliantly told from each point of view, often ov ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fragile Bones is a young adult book that deals with autism. Anna is a senior who joins the Best Buddies program in an effort to build her college application. She wants to be a pediatrician and believes the program will be a rest learning experience. Harrison is a sophomore who has high functioning autism. Whenever he gets overwhelmed, he recites all the bones in the human body.

Harrison has a gr
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Lorna Schultz Nicholson is a full-time writer who has published over 30 books, including children's picture books, middle grade, YA fiction and sports non-fiction. Fragile Bones is her latest in her One-2-One series. It is about a teen with high functioning autism. Lorna divides her time between Edmonton and Penticton, where she and her husband share their homes with their crazy Mexican dog, Ponch ...more

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