Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger

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Meet ten-year-old Bones, whose playground is the Florida swamps, brimming with mystical witches, black bears, alligators and bobcats. Bones' father, Nolay, a Miccosukee Indian, is smart and mischievous. Her Mama, practical as corn bread, can see straight into Bones' soul.

It's summer, and Bones is busy hunting and fishing with her best friend, Little Man. But then two Yankee real estate agents trespass on her family's land, and Nolay scares them off with his gun. When a storm blows in and Bones and Little Man uncover something horrible at the edge of the Loo-chee swamp, the evidence of foul play points to Nolay. The only person that can help Nolay is Sheriff LeRoy, who's as slow as pond water. Bones is determined to take matters into her own hands. If it takes a miracle, then a miracle is what she will deliver.

About Mika Ashley-Hollinger

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MIKA ASHLEY-HOLLINGER grew up in the Florida swamps in the tiny community of Micco and now lives in Hawaii where she runs an exotic plants landscaping business. This is her first novel.
Published May 8, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 354 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ten-year-old Bones and her family live a life governed by awareness of the land and the measured pace of the seasons.

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The author is perhaps a bit too fond of ending chapters with portentous lines to drive the story forward (“Answers to all my questions were laying right around the corner, but they wouldn’t be the ones I wanted to hear”), but that’s a quibble in a bighearted, gracefully written, and atmos...

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Historical Novel Society

When her father kicks a pushy Yankee realtor off their Florida swampland property and the guy later turns up dead, it turns out to be the opening of a life-changing season for 10-year-old Bones.

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