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Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay
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really liked it

Bone Talk tells the story of Samkad, who grows up in a mountainous area of the Philippines at the turn of the 19th century. His people, the Bontok, cultivate the mountain terrain (the terraced rice paddies feature on the amazing cover) and are relatively secluded except for the odd skirmish with their enemy, the Mangili. That is until Samkad's father sets out to the lowlands to bring back a long lost Bontok child and brings with him on his return an American, Mister William. A chain of events is set in motion that leads Samkad and his friend Little Luki to experience adventure but also the terrible new threats posed by the American invaders. I really enjoyed this book as it's very well written and researched but also a fantastic story with great  characters. Due to some of the themes, I'd say it's aimed at Years 8+ in contrast to some of Gourlay's other books (Tall Story and Shine - also well worth reading), which are more for Years 5+, but others may disagree.
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Reading Progress

January 27, 2019 – Started Reading
January 27, 2019 – Shelved
January 30, 2019 – Finished Reading

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