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A Box of Bones

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Twelve-year-old Kallie despises nonsense. She believes there's a rational explanation for everything, despite the good-natured prodding of her Grandpa Jess, who takes her to frivolous wastes of time like their town's local Festival of Fools.

There, Kallie meets a faceless man (must be some kind of mask) who gives her a strange wooden puzzle box (must be some kind of gimmick
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
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Hannah Greendale
A Box of Bones follows twelve-year-old Kallie in the modern world and a bone-peddler's assistant, Liah, who exists in an alternate world. Kallie's narrative is the more intriguing and engaging of the two, though it often halts for exposition dumps. Unfortunately, Liah's narrative is less developed. Further, Liah's chapters are all in italics; a needless strain on the eyes (hopefully this will be altered prior to publication).

Kallie and Liah's stories are supposed to overlap, but their connectio
Ms. Yingling
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

This author's The Doll's Eye was super creepy, but this just got off to a slow start, which is not what my horror readers want. It also spent a lot of time discussing the mother's death, which dragged it down even further. Just not what I needed, although this author writes well.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great middle grade book. The story is original and captivating, the characters are nice and grow which is great! An amazing thriller/mystery book!
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Kallie, a very matter of fact, no nonsense twelve-year-old gets a mysterious box from a faceless man at a festival, her well-ordered life begins to change. Her rock steady friend Pole has brought Anna into their fold, and Anna has brought with her a breath of fresh air and whimsy that serves Kallie well, if she allows it. Kallie’s story is mixed with Liah’s story, and their paths converge seemingly into one. Kallie’s quest for the truth causes her to doubt one who loves her. This is a wonde ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading and enjoying Cohen's book, The Inn Between, with my fourth and fifth graders in our after-school book club, I knew I wanted to read her newest book when it was published. Cohen was gracious enough to chat with my students via Skype about the book and her writing process. The kids were just riveted by her, and they continued to refer to her stories and anecdotes weeks after the chat. I truly appreciate that she gave so freely of her time to reach out to my students in such a meaning ...more
Karen Upper
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This newest release by Marina Cohen will have readers gripping the pages with intensity from beginning to end! In this story, Kallie’s world of ‘fact’ collides and begins to mix with the magically complicated world of Leah. Both characters are filled with a strong sense of purpose...a purpose that eventually weaves the girls together in very unexpected ways, revealing a unique tale where the facts of science compliments the truth of of stories.

This Middle Grade narrative is a tale of courage, sa
Feb 05, 2019 added it
Often when I read this age range of book I wish it was for an older audience so that I could get more meat from it. I didn't get the relevance of the Jackal. It didn't seem to be good or bad, or even an omen, which I think is what it was meant to be. I like the story idea and the characters. I would have liked more story told in the parallel universe. What happened to the past empress and so on. the biggest take away for me was the setting. I HAD to Google Lake Champlain, Champ, and the bike fer ...more
I loved this creepy, alluring middle grade story by Marina Cohen! Kallie is very comfortable in her skin, smart, and kind of a loner. When Kallie accompanies her grandfather Jess to a Local Festival of Fools she is confronted with some strange goings on beginning with a faceless man giving her a puzzle box. As she sets herself the task of unlocking the box’s secrets, Kallie is drawn into a mystery of another time and place where Liah is a bone carver in training who must overcome an evil empress ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to the publisher and author for providing me and our #BookJunkies reading group an ARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a fantastic little MG fantasy read. Imbued with the power of story telling and featuring fun, believable characters, I really enjoyed this. There was magic, there was a side story about the real life problems we face, and there was a message of writing your own story and taking control of your own destiny.

Kallie is a believer in facts. Aft
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and Thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

When I first read this book, I did not know what to expect. Then as I read on and learned about Kallie and her belief that every myth, legend, and fantasy can be proved by science and that everything happens for a reason until she receives this magic box that unlocks a secret world that is becoming part of hers. This st
Debbie Tanner
Kallie is a very rational thinker but when she's at a festival one day and faceless man hands her a mysterious box, she's a little wigged out AND intrigued. The box seems to be mechanical in nature, although there's no key hole and no obvious way to open it. After a lot of methodical trial and error, the box opens and she finds that there are cubes inside, along with a long slender stick? Letter opener? Pencil? Then she meets a really strange girl who is telling all sorts of fanciful stories, an ...more
Story Eater
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
While categorized as horror, I did not find anything at all in A Box of Bones horrific. Or even scary in the least. That may be a good thing, though, because it is an intelligent book with a twist at the end I did not see coming that is uncharacteristic of thrillers, which is the genre this book should have been given.

Readers meet a strangely obsessed 12-year-old named Kallie, who loves order, precision, and things she can see with her own eyes and quantify with science and math. She leaves not
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