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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 BranweConnor 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?...

Title : Silent to the Bone
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ISBN : 9780689871238
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Silent to the Bone Reviews

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-03-26 17:17

    A short but interesting story that tackles a social problem in an intriguing manner. The title signifies what has happened to the main character because he seems to have lost his ability to talk after witnessing a terribly shocking incident between their au pair and his baby sister for which he was blamed and accused of. This is also a story of loyalty and friendship which eventually led to the truth in the end of the story.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-21 20:14

    "I don't think there is any feeling I like more than the one that someone is glad to see me." --Connor Kane, "Silent to the Bone", P. 51 "I'm not sure that love and like aren't like cats and dogs: One can't grow up to be the other, but they can be taught to live under the same roof." --Connor Kane, P. 74 My expectations for E.L. Konigsburg are always as high (or higher) than those I have for any other writer, and I have never known her to let me down. She did not disappoint in "Silent to the Bone".This is a different kind of mystery from the type that she has written previously (for example, "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" or "The Dragon in the Ghetto Caper"). It has a distinctly young adult tone throughout, including some story elements that one most definitely would not expect to find in a children's book. The mystery held up very well the entire time, and E.L. Konigsburg hit the perfect notes while tightening the loop of suspense and moving the story faster and faster. Just when one figures that he has the answer pegged a new part is introduced, throwing all hypotheses out of whack. I found myself eager to see what would become of Branwell, and if he is truly guilty or if there is something more to the events that had occurred. Connor and his sister Margaret are determined to find out the truth, and will not stop until they have cleared Branwell of any false accusations. "...first impressions—especially when everyone is watching and waiting, looking for signs—are hard to overcome." --Margaret Rose Kane, "Silent to the Bone", P. 77 "I guess the only way to keep secret thoughts secret is not to say anything. Even to your lifelong best friend. If you don't speak at all, you don't have to worry about saying the wrong thing or having the right thing interpreted wrong." --Connor Kane, P. 123 I think that "Silent to the Bone" is an excellent mystery story, and displays beautifully the diverse range of skills attributable to the legendary E.L. Konigsburg. The book also delivered what I'm really looking for from her books, though: A novel so perceptive in its insights that I find myself gawking at the author's shockingly perceptive words at several various points in the text. I found the wisdom in "Silent to the Bone" to live up to this hopeful expectation wonderfully. I expected to really like this book, and I absolutely did. I almost wish that I could start over again at the beginning, without knowing anything about the plot. This is an excellent mystery and a great all-around story.SIAS: E.L. Konigsburg has done it again, putting her literary ducks in a row with amazing precision in this tour de force of a novel that redefines the standard for mystery writing.(four cliches, zero ands=4 stars ;-) "Seeing other people's happiness always makes us feel cheated. " --Margaret Rose Kane, P. 128 "Because way down deep they know that civilized people have to preserve rare birds." --Silent to the Bone, P. 134

  • Susan
    2019-04-01 19:30

    An incredibly well written book, it drew me in very quickly, as I really wanted to know what had happened...but as it went on , I realized that it was probably leading where it did eventually modern immorality causing havoc in people's lives. (Hence the three stars rating - the writing deserved five stars.) I wouldn't want my tween/teen boys reading this book, it is graphic enough, and they don't need ANY additional influence of that, (although it is probably somewhat milder by today's standards, but I don't approve of today's "standards"!) The mature handling of the situation, and helping everyone deal with the ramifications was masterful. Young people don't have the skills to deal with challenges like these, and often neither do the adults. I was impressed with the relationship that developed between the main character and his sister, and how they worked together to figure things out and deal with each of their own issues along the way. And I'm a succor for a happy ending.Good book, if you can put up with the delving into modern "morality" deviations.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-09 16:10

    Connor's precocious friend Branwell suddenly stopped talking the day Bran's baby sister was injured and the babysitter blamed it on him. While little Nikki is in the hospital in a coma, Bran is sent to a juvenile detention center, and Connor visits him every day to try to develop ways to communicate so that they can get to the bottom of the mystery of what really happened that day.The book is well-written and engaging, and I bought everything except for the overarching premise that a 13-year-old would suddenly be unable to talk - not just choose not to talk, but be unable to talk - after an incident of the type that occurs in the story. It seems the reader really has to suspend disbelief to accept that point while reading the book, and I spent the whole time expecting some kind of payoff in the end to allow the premise to work. And while the story does come together quite nicely in the end, I really didn't feel that the explanation helped me understand what happened to Bran's ability to speak.

  • Nora Nerius
    2019-04-18 00:11

    This is a more mature read than I initially thought. However, it was that maturity that made me really enjoy this book. The friendship between Connor and Branwell is one that is very admirable. Connor never allows the thought that his best friend could have hurt his sister into his mind at any point. The persistence to get him to talk and make him feel better makes Connor so likable as a character. Branwell's guilt and the struggle he endures wishing his sister gets better as well as knowing the truth similarly makes the reader automatically like him. For a huge majority of the book, the reader wants to just scream,"JUST TELL THEM WHAT HAPPENED, TALK ALREADY" but Branwell's lack of talking makes the story that much more compelling. There are mystery aspects in addition to all the other high notes of this book that make it enjoyable for YA readers as well as adults.

  • Casey
    2019-04-11 22:12

    E.L. Konigsburg really comes through with this one. Beware, this isn't a book for younger readers. Branwell- a slightly odd, very precocious child- stops talking the day he calls 911. His sister Nikki is in a coma, and the au pair (the icky Vivian) explains that Bran shook and then dropped her. Bran is put in a juvenile detention center, and it's up to his best friend, Connor, to develop a code and find out what really happened that day. This book is really, really good.

  • River Song
    2019-03-30 23:26

    3 1/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️Weil er unter dem Verdacht steht, seine kleine Halbschwester misshandelt zu haben, sitzt ein 14 jährige Junge in Untersuchungshaft und schweigt. Sein bester Freund versucht ihn zum sprechen zu bringen.Eines der besten Jugendbücher zum Thema Patchwork Familien, den seelischen Verletzungen von Scheidungskindern und Zusammenhalt und frühe Pubertät . Die Heldin der Geschichte ist für mich die 14 Jahre ältere Schwester Margaret.... she thanked me again and then said, „Some people say ‚God Is in the details.‘ Other say it‘ s the devil.“ Margaret replied, „Maybe it depends on who‘ s reporting the details.“

  • Lauren
    2019-04-10 17:34

    This review will be quicker than I'd like.I had very high expectations for this book, having read and adored two of this author's previous works. However, this book wasn't as emotionally complex as those other two, and it was atrociously predictable. The basic premise also required more suspension of disbelief than I was willing or able to give. I skimmed it because I could tell everything that was going to happen by about chapter 3. The book attempts to deal with some pretty heavy topics (view spoiler)[child abuse and molestation (hide spoiler)] but it seemed superficial and too simplistic. The writing was okay, but the characters were flat, and combined with the predictability it was just mediocre.(view spoiler)[On a side note, the kid with his face buried in his hands on the cover, presumably the child who was molested in the book, looks exactly like my younger brother. That was... needless to say, pretty gross and horrifying, given the context, and that probably didn't help my impression of the book. That's my own fault, I guess. The mc is also named Connor Kane, which I kept misreading as Connor Kent, as in the DC comics character Superboy, which, again, nothing to do with the quality of the book, but it did draw me out of the story a little bit. Oops.(hide spoiler)]

  • Zack
    2019-04-01 16:06

    Conner is in a bad solution, his best buddy is in the juvenile behavioral center because his sister is in a coma and Bardwell "his best buddy" is blamed for it.I love this book Because it is a mastery were he has to find a way to understand what happened when his buddy however is struck dumb.I learned that a French man who could not move any part of his body but his eyes wrote a book by having a person point his/her finger at a letter and if the French man blinked 2 times that meant to write the letter down.

  • Danielle Routh
    2019-04-16 16:20

    From the Mixed-Up Files is good. The View from Saturday is even better. But this, this is the Konigsburg book that should have won a Newbery. In Connor and Branwell, Konigsburg created characters who are highly sympathetic and realistic but also incredibly human and thus fallible. The themes and nuances of this book are woven together incredibly in a coming-of-age story that not once feels cliche.

  • Greg Kerestan
    2019-04-17 00:05

    A tween's introduction to noir... I don't remember this book in significant detail, but I remember reading it in middle school and finding it fascinating. A dark but witty mystery drama, evocative characters and an ending that stuck with me even as the rest of the book disappeared meant that this one stayed on my shelf of "worthwhile books" for years after I remembered why it was there.

  • Cait S
    2019-04-06 22:13

    It was a little long winded for the outcome being something I mostly suspected all along. I found the dialogue to be a little jarring too, how no one really seemed to speak or act their age. But I liked it enough to finish it so I guess that's something.

  • Samanthagranito
    2019-03-24 18:28

    The book, Silent To the Bone, by E.L. Konigsburg has many exciting lines that leave me with suspense, and make me never want to stop reading. From the minute I read the first line in the book, to the last line in the book, I was always engaged in the reading. On the first page, Conner says, “ It is easy to pinpoint the minute when my friend Branwell began his silence. It was Wednesday, November 25th, 2:43P.M., eastern standard time. It was there-or I guess you could say not there-on the tape of the 911 call.” This sentence, is not only the first sentence of the book, but it is a grabber sentence. It forces me to want to figure out what is going to happen next in the story. It also hints me with foreshadowing, to make me think that Branwell is paralyzed because of something might that might of happened. Therefore, it leaves me with suspense, to keep reading. “I won't say what his first words were until I explain what I heard when he said nothing,” Konigsburg writes. This sentence proved my prediction wrong. I thought that Branwell might of not been able to do anything at all. After reading this sentence, it proves me wrong, and states that basically, Branwell and Conner can communicate without actually talking. There fore, it keeps me interested in the book, because it turned out to be a change, and be different than I thought it would be, so it makes me want to keep reading. “This is the way I mean it : For one thing, we had developed a means of communication that was verbal on only one said,” Conner explains. This line makes me want to keep reading because it forces me to want to understand how they are communicating without talking. It makes me want to know what is going to happen next, so therefore it leaves me with suspense, so I will keep reading. In conclusion, Silent to the Bone, by E.L. Konigsburg, is a book I would recommend and rate as 4 stars to friends because it is an exciting book that leaves me with suspense, and makes me never want to stop reading!

  • Corine
    2019-04-06 17:15

    Silent to the Bone Alddin paperbacks, 2002, 261pp,. $5.99e.l. Konigsburg ISBN 0-689-83602-3 Imagine you cradling your half baby sister in your arms, looking into her new born baby eyes, enjoying the moment, then all of a sudden you drop her. You run to call 911, you open your mouth…but nothing comes out. This is what happened to Branwell Zamborska. Since that tragic day, Branwell hasn’t talk since. His sister’s suffering from a coma and if he doesn’t speak up now he could be convicted for manslaughter, or worse murder! “It is easy to pinpoint the minute when my friend Branwell began his silence.” This is the very first sentence in the book Silent to The Bone. As you can see the author, E.I Konigsberg already “pulls the reader in,” leaving them with questions like “Why did he go silent?” “Does he have the disease where you go mute?”, “Does he know how to speak?” Books, such as this one, grab my attention right away. The thought of solving a mystery always interest me. Another thing the author does that I like is he would include many flashbacks of Branwells life before the silence. This helps the reader to understand the reasons behind why he dropped his baby sister and how this problem could have happened. Overall, I thought this book was very interesting to read. Just when I thought I figured out what happened, I would turn the page and think differently. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves mysteries and solving a good problem.

  • Summer Turner
    2019-04-01 19:21

    Quite a page turner! I read this book because it is one of the few by E.L. Konigsburg that I have never read. I found it in a book store years ago and started to read it, but never picked it up again until yesterday.I love how the author interweaves her stories. This book is connected to several of her other works, such as "The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place" and "The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World," in a very subtle, realistic way. I enjoy making those connections and see the pieces fit together.The story is very well-written and intriguing. You definitely want to find out what happens to make Branwell stop talking. The characters are engaging, amusing, and intelligent. I would like to know why it was left up to a 13 year old kid to do all the investigating, were no officials involved at all? Overall it was a good book. It might be a little mature with themes of child abuse/neglect, I would suggest age 15 and up.WARNINGS:Sex: mentioned between adults, some adult female nudityDrugs: adults drinking wineViolence: accidental abuse of a childLanguage: none

  • Leena Ali
    2019-03-26 22:23

    This book is about a13 year old guy named Branwell, he has a dad, step-mom and step-sister. When his sister was 3 months old, she was sleeping and he was standing beside her and somehow she fell out of her bed and he got blamed for it. And then when he called 911, the police man said Hello like 5 times and then anyone there and the mother said tell him what happened, hurry, we need the ambulance fast. But Branwell couldn't speak. He was disable. The doctor and his parents thought he was taking a moment of silence, but he wouldn't speak for 2 days. ANd then the police decided since he had dropped his little sister, he should be responsible because he's old enough, but he wasn't old enough to go to jail. So he went to a behavioural centre. Branwell is a suspect of a horrible crime and unable to utter the words to tell what really happened. Connor, his best friend is the only one who can break through his wall of silence. But how can Connor prove Branwell didn't commit the unspeakable act which he's accused-When Branwell can't speak for himself?:):)"Connor's voice shines throughout the novel. It is cleverly written. and full of wit, plot twists and engaging characters":D

  • Tara
    2019-04-16 23:05

    Some really interesting themes here about the nature of shame and the importance of confession and community, but the subject matter was pretty heavy for a middle-grade book. Spoiler alert, I guess, but the book contains accusations of sibling molestation, as well as what I would consider sexual abuse/manipulation of a young boy. It's handled deftly, but I definitely wouldn't give this to a ten year old, and I wouldn't give it to any kid without lots of follow-up.

  • Samuel Junwon
    2019-04-09 00:23

    The reason why I decided to read this book was because it was annoyingly hanging around my bookshelf. Well, I guess it wasn't a terrible choice. The plot is about a guy named Connor trying to prove his friend Brandwell, who was suffering of dysphasia, innocent and restore all those messed-up family relationships back to normal. Since it’s a novel for teenagers, I thought that Brandwell would’ve been completely innocent. He is described as a smart, nerd-kind of a guy who is not interested into women at all. Well, this novel got me good. The reason of his temporary dysphasia was because he was sexually attracted to his sister’s babysitter and couldn’t tell the others about it. A cliché-breaking novel is always fun to read. Another interesting part of this novel is that it describes about the conflict between divorced family members. I cannot understand the characters completely since my parents are not divorced, but I can feel their loneliness deep down of their heart. Not strongly recommended, but a decent book to read during free-time.

  • Jodi Papazian
    2019-03-29 17:20

    Silent to the Bone has been tempting me for a few years now. It is on the school summer reading list and I try to familiarize myself with a handful of them throughout the year.I found this book to be highly engaging. After a near-death experience involving his baby sister, Branwell finds himself struck silent. Due to incriminating evidence from the au pair, Vivian, everyone is led to believe that this is due to Branwell's guilt believing that he had something to do with the incident. The only one who figures out a way to communicate with Branwell is his close friend, Connor. Connor develops a system that leads Branwell to non-verbally send him clues as to what really happened the day of the "incident." Connor, determined to get to the bottom of things, recruits his older sister, Margaret, to investigate Branwell's clues. I will say that this book surprised me in many places. I always say that I appreciate a book that keeps me guessing throughout. This is a good one to recommend but better suited for older YA readers due to content.

  • Tom Mcguire
    2019-04-16 18:32

    I'm quickly becoming a big E.L. Konigsburg fan. This book was startlingly mature and intense at times, but was a fascinating look at how adolescents grapple with shame, friendship, and their own coming-of-age journeys. Like inFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler , our protagonist (Connor) takes on more and more responsibility as he deals with increasingly adult challenges. Here, however, his 'missions' are not adventures sought for fun or glory, but purposeful errands designed to help his friend Bran regain the ability to speak. This made me think quite a bit about what it means to be ashamed of one's self, and when we are called to speak up and say something when we know something is wrong. I'd be careful about using the book in the classroom--it does contain some mature content--but I think it's a great read, and touches on issues that my students are certainly dealing with.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-30 00:23

    In this haunting, layered mystery, Branwell Zamborska is struck mute after his baby sister is injured while he and the au pair are in the house. Only his best friend Connor is able to communicate with Branwell to try to unravel what really happened -- both on that fateful day, and in the weeks leading up to it. Connor feels Branwell is innocent, but until Branwell decides to speak, nothing can be proven. I read this on a plane and it kept me turning pages. Great cover, great dialogue, and excellent characterization. A good portrait of blended families; I love the relationship between Connor and his older half-sister, Margaret. Connor's independence and resourcefulness, as well as his humanity (he always tries to be completely honest about his feelings, even when they aren't pretty) will appeal to middle-school and high-school readers. Would be interesting paired with Speak by Anderson...

  • Carrie
    2019-04-11 21:20

    In Silent to the Bone, E. L. Konigsburg (author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) examines communication in relationships, and what gets lost when we do not speak. The book opens with a mysterious 911 call. This call reveals that 13-year-old Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb during the same incident that puts Nikki, his baby half-sister, in a coma. The British au pair is the only other known person who witnessed the incident and can vocalize what happened, and her finger points the blame at Branwell. Connor Kane, Branwell’s best friend, is hesitant to believe that gentle, odd Branwell could hurt Nikki, and is determined to learn his side of the story, despite Branwell’s silence. The mystery of the book alone will keep the pages turning. The reader pieces together clues alongside Connor and his older half-sister, Margaret. As they question different people in Branwell’s life, the reader begins to see what is hidden beneath his silence.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-01 00:13

    mysteryAfter Branwell's baby sister has an accident and goes into a coma, he becomes mute. It is then up to Branwell's best friend Connor to find a way to communicate with him and discover the truth about what happened that day. Connor visits Branwell at the detention center and, through learning the truth about what happened that day, discovers a lot of things about his friend's life that he didn't know, including family problems and a crush on the family's au pair. When Connor finally uncovers the truth, that it actually was the au pair's fault, Branwell is able to speak again. This is a mystery story, and is engaging to read because of that, but it is also a story of friendship and adolescence. It addresses how friendships can change and evolve when the individuals in them start changing, and how family circumstances can affect peope. It's an excellent novel, with a well-written mystery plot that keeps readers interested without overpowering the characters and their journey.

  • Pauline
    2019-03-28 20:14

    "Silent to the Bone" deals with a number of issues; it confronts divorce, friendship, sexual attraction, parent and child relationships, second marriages and child abuse.The book starts with a 911 call and the caller cannot speak, Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb from the moment he makes the call. Something traumatic has happened and now Branwell is silent to the bone.Branwell's baby sister suffers from encephalitis and Branwell is blamed for causing the harm. Connor who is Branwell's friend knows that Branwell would not harm Nikki, so Connor becomes actively engaged in the solving of the mystery. With the help of his older half sister, Connor solves the mystery to Branwell's silence.I found this book exciting and entertaining in some parts and then it would seem to get dull and then pick up again. The book definitely tries to deal with a number of issues and is quite successful in the way it handles them.

  • Michelle Christensen
    2019-03-24 21:29

    It was a long time ago that I read this book. But from what I remember, this book dealt with abuse of children (and I think it involved sexual abuse) and that of children being accused of accused in a graphic sense. So NOT a topic of fiction for middle grade readers ages 9 to 14!! I really enjoyed three other books of Konigsburg's before this one, so I was eager to read this one when I found it. She had a reputation of writing for middle grade readers. After this book I can't trust this author won't recommend her later books. By the way, the books of hers that I have read and liked are:* From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Newberry winner)* Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinnley, and me, Elizabeth (Newberry honor)* The View from Saturday (Newberry winner)

  • Elise
    2019-04-01 17:08

    Another YA book in a day. All while AMERICANAH languished on my nightstand. I really liked reading this novel about young Connor who solves the mystery of what happened to Branwell's sister to make Branwell's go mute. This novel explores so many issues from adolescent shame to deep friendship. I can only hope that if I'm in a bind, I have a friend like Connor Kane. There were moments when I could hear konigsburg over-explaining, but I think that's the genre. Lovely characters, interesting story, and super strong relationships make this a great read.

  • Heather
    2019-04-06 16:28

    Branwell stops speaking after something happens to his baby sister that makes her go into a coma. His best friend, Connor, devises a method through flashcards and blinking in which Branwell can communicate with him. The mystery of what happened between Branwell, the baby, and the au pair is revealed little by little as Connor works to free his best friend from silence.Totally great. This book approaches a few subjects that are really hard for teenage and preteen boys to talk about.

  • Sylvia
    2019-04-07 19:32

    Thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech after being wrongly accused of injuring his baby half-sister, and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what happened. What I learned, never accused a child of anything. Just ask, because children would never lie.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-01 23:27

    This was a great book. The only mystery novel that I have ever read. Its about these two boys. One of them, his baby sister gets injured really badly, and no one knows what happens. The boy wont say a thing and is put into an institution. The other boy, the best friend, is forced to investigate himself what happen.

  • Emily
    2019-04-19 22:35

    Another teenage/children's book- what can I say, they are like comfort food. Comfort reading? I'd only picked this up because I remember liking From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweller, about kids living in a museum in New York City; I never realized the author had written other books. This one was really good.