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A Box of Bones
Contributor(s): Cohen, Marina

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ISBN: 1250172217     ISBN-13: 9781250172211
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2019

Annotation: After receiving a wooden puzzle box at a town festival, twelve-year-old Kallie figures out how to open the box and finds that her fate seems to be connected to a young bone carver from another time.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Puzzles; Fiction.
Wooden boxes; Fiction.
Bone carving; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Horror & Ghost Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2019014596
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 284 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 March #4)

In this magic-laden story of family secrets and emotional growth, 12-year-old Kallie lives in Vermont with her stern father and gentle, accommodating Grandpa Jess following the drowning death of her mother, a writer. A lover of logic, order, and routine, Kallie abhors the kind of uncertainty found in stories. But life takes a mysterious turn when a faceless costumed figure at the town's Festival of Fools hands her a wooden puzzle box. Inside, she finds seemingly enchanted picture dice made from bone, which begin to serve as powerful portents of her present and future. Cohen integrates chapters of a fantasy story, narrated by a bone carver's apprentice, that Kallie is writing herself for a school project. As the girl explores her creativity, she becomes better able to accept that some truths—such as what really happened to her mother—are not always so cut and dried. Kallie's rigid, aloof nature obscures her vulnerability a bit too well, but Cohen thematically ties the storytelling elements together to create a compelling portrait of Kallie's grief and her struggle to understand herself. Ages 8–11. Agent: John Cusick, Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. (May)

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