Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg

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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 he prove Branwell didn't commit the unspeakable act of which he's accused — when Branwell can't speak for himself?
 

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E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls' school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 284 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The pieces fall neatly into place as Connor, with his older half-sister Margaret, analyzes new information and interviews potential suspects, from Vivian, as smarmy a minx as ever was, to a pizza deliverer she has been seeing on the sly—who, conveniently, turns out to be a witness requiring littl...

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The latest from Newbery Medalist Konigsburg--a taut novel with the momentum of a detective story--never catches fire in this ultimately disappointing audio adaptation. When his infant half sister Nikk

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The caller himself (shortly afterward identified as 13-year-old Branwell Zamborska) appears silent, then a young British woman (an au pair) takes the phone and says that a six-month baby is unconscious: ""He dropped her."" As the comatose baby undergoes hospitalization, Branwell is struck mute an...

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It's there that Branwell's best friend Connor Kane devises a code for communicating with Branwell and, with help from his older half sister Margaret, begins to untangle the truth about what really happened to Nikki.

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"This middle-grade novel combines a plot loosely based on a real case with a taut psychological mystery.

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Pajiba

On top of that, Konigsburg establishes an effective system that Connor devises to communicate with Branwell, so it’s never quite clear why he can’t spell out what happened (for those who have read the book: no pun intended).

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Common Sense Media

In an age where the media focuses on men abusing young girls, it's good to have a book that isn't afraid to address the difficult truth that it can happen the other way around (a woman abusing a young boy.) Also, this part of the book is a very brief part--the vast majority of the book contains n...

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But instead of telling Connor what happened, Bran uses the cards to send him on a series of errands designed to help him piece together the whole story.

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With Branwell giving him people to talk to and clues to investigate (by way of flashcards and blinks, or course), and with the help of his adult half-sister Margaret, Connor begins to unravel the roots of Branwell's silence.

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But instead of telling Connor what happened, Bran uses the cards to send him on a series of errands designed to help him piece together the whole story.

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Newbery award winning author Konigsburg states, “On Wednesday, November 25, at 2:43PM, Eastern Standard Time, Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb.” It is here that readers are introduced to Branwell and his commitment to silence due to the fact that he is accused of harming his baby half sister Nik...

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