The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

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Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who's away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.


About Ellen Potter

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Ellen Potter is the author of The Kneebone Boy, published by Feiwel and Friends, and praised as "a quirky charmer" by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. Her other novels include Slob, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the bestselling Olivia Kidney series. She lives in Upstate New York.
Published September 14, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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The Hardscrabbles of the English town of Little Tunks--silent Otto, the adventure-seeking Lucia and whip-smart Max--have become accustomed to their shy, rumpled father’s absences since their mother’s suspicious disappearance.

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For the same reason I shun mainstream media, I embrace those stories (and tellers) who see the world in a different slant, those who are able to impart a bit of magic into the mundane without throwing us into a fantastical world of escapism (don’t get me wrong, I like a good fantasy occasionally ...

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Their major goal: find the kneebone boy who is possibly half human, half animal, and certainly deformed—according to local legend anyway.This story is told in a unique and quirky way.

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