The Kneebone Boy

The Kneebone Boy

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By (author) Ellen Potter

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  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Format: Paperback | 282 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 191mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0312674325
  • ISBN 13: 9780312674328
  • Sales rank: 199,530

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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, according to legend, a monstrous half-beast boy roams the woods. . . . 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.

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Ellen Potter is the author of books including "Slob," "Pish Posh," and "Olivia Kidney." With Anne Mazer she is also the author of "Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook." Potter grew up in a high-rise apartment building in New York City's Upper West Side, where she exercised her early creativity by making up stories about the neighbors she saw on the elevator. When she was 11 years old, she realized all the best books were written for people her age, and so she decided to become a children's book author. She studied creative writing at Binghamton University, and then worked many different jobs while continuing to write. She was a dog groomer, construction worker, art teacher, and waitress. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, son and a motley assortment of badly behaved animals.

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Praise for "The Kneebone Boy": "The three Hardscrabble siblings set out to learn the identity of the title character in Ellen Potter’s gothic mystery The Kneebone Boy. But it’s the trio’s longing to unwrap the truth about their missing mom that sets off a grand adventure full of shadowy characters and hair-raising action.” --"Family Fun" “A quirky charmer.” --"Kirkus Reviews, " STARRED review "What premise could be more compelling than a gothic mystery set to miniature proportions? Lucia’s narration is witty and conversational, with an appealingly humble self-awareness when needed. Gentle, pensive Otto is completely as expected, but Max turns out to be a bit of a surprise, mostly because Lucia had previously considered him merely an obnoxious know-it-all and is only now noticing his quite useful ability to puzzle things through...Appealing voice, setting, character, a surprise ending, and a touch of sweetness all add up to a delicious