The Kneebone Boy

Paperback | December 20, 2011

byEllen 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, 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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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 mons...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.62 × 5.24 × 0.82 inPublished:December 20, 2011Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312674325

ISBN - 13:9780312674328

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I loved this book so much, and it leaves me wondering who the author was supposed to be. The only bad thing is the length! It's so short, I was supposed to read it for school, and instead I finished it over the weekend! Overall, it was a great book.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strange, but still just as great! Let me just say that this is the book that got me into reading for fun. The writing in this book is outstanding and the characters are all original in this wacky tale of three siblings and there adventures that follow. I would recomend this book to anybody who likes original storys full of mystery and adventure. From the wacky ending, (Which is not for everyone, trust me) to the crazy aunt and all that happens next, its an adventure where the characters reall go to snoring by the sea
Date published: 2012-03-05

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"The story is fresh, funny and surprising. The sibling dynamics--alternately testy and touching--are believable, as are the wonderfully odd characters from the hulking taxidermist Saint George to the ethereal Sultan of Juwi. A quirky charmer." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"Metafictional flourishes keep us amused and on our toes as Potter tackles some (at book's end) serious topics from a position both gothic-cheeky and compassionate." -Horn Book Magazine"Potter's voice is distinguished by sharp, humorous, and poignant observations. . . . Often laugh-out-loud funny, this tale quietly solves a deeper mystery: how to heal the hearts of this immensely likable trio." -Publishers Weekly"Dark, delicious, biting, sarcastic, arch, and smart. The story itself is smart--almost deceptively so--and with the many layers, I can easily see this appealing to middle school kids. . . . I shivered with the wonderful deliciousness of it all." -Elizabeth Burns, SLJ.com