Wooden Bones by Scott William Carter

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Becoming a real boy was just the beginning.

Since he changed, Pino has struggled to live a quiet life with his father Gepetto. But a boy who used to be a wooden puppet doesn’t fit in well with the other villagers. When Pino creates a replica of his Gepetto’s late wife and brings it to life, the two are chased out of their village by an angry mob demanding the resurrection of their own loved ones. On the run with a dying Gepetto, Pino must face a world that would seek to use—and misuse—him for his powers. And when Pino discovers that his abilities are slowly transforming him back into a puppet, he faces a choice: strike a deal with those who only want to use him, or stand up for who he really is.


About Scott William Carter

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Scott William Carter’s first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “touching and impressive debut.” His short stories have appeared in dozens of popular magazines and anthologies, including Analog, Ellery Queen, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two children. Visit him online at ScottWilliamCarter.com.
Published August 7, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 162 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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For today’s readers, it becomes acceptance of one’s difference, being “true to yourself.” The moral seems to be tacked on to an otherwise entertaining series of discrete adventures that are good for reading aloud.

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In this sequel to Collodi's Pinocchio, young Pino (Pinocchio) and his father, the woodcarver Geppetto, try vainly to keep a low profile after Pino's amazing transformation from a wooden puppet into a flesh-and-blood boy.

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