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Bone Talk

By Candy Gourlay   

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338349634 Hardcover
272 Pages | 5.779" x 8.571" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338349658 Ebook
272 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A boy and a girl in the Philippine jungle must confront what coming of age will mean to their friendship made even more complicated when Americans invade their country.

Samkad lives deep in the Philippine jungle, and has never encountered anyone from outside his own tribe before. He's about to become a man, and while he's desperate to grow up, he's worried that this will take him away from his best friend, Little Luki, who isn't ready for the traditions and ceremonies of being a girl in her tribe. But when a bad omen sends Samkad's life in another direction, he discovers the brother he never knew he had. A brother who tells him of a people called "Americans." A people who are bringing war and destruction right to their home...A coming-of-age story set at the end of the 19th century in a remote village in the Philippines, this is a story about growing up, discovering yourself, and the impact of colonialism on native peoples and their lives.

Raves & reviews:

An Amazon (UK) "Hotly Anticipated Historical Fiction for Young Adults" of the Month

The Guardian (UK) Book of the Month

"Gourlay's evocative writing grips from the outset." — The Guardian (UK)

"Exciting and action-packed, it's well written and difficult to put down. My fave character is Kinyo (Samkad's brother) because he bravely stands up against his enemies and can speak two languages." — Edward (10 years old)

"A wonderful novel that brings to life with passionate clarity the moment when an ancient culture comes head to head with a brutal colonial invasion. Samkad and Luki are characters who leap from the page, and will stay with me for a long time." — Elizabeth Laird, author of Kiss the Dust

"A soulful coming of age story." — The Bookseller (UK) One to Watch

"A gripping adventure story and a fascinating piece of historical fiction but you never, ever forget that it's the story of Samkad, a boy you believe could be your friend. Highly recommended." — The Bookbag (UK)

"A powerful, complex, and fascinating coming-of-age novel." — Costa Book Award Panel