Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg
An award winning author and intriguing plot – this should have been a great read. I was disappointed to find I just could not connect with the characters, the writing bland and a little patronising, the plot predictable.
I read to the end, so have awarded two stars, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy another of E.L Koningsburg’s books. Honestly – it was readable and could possibly have got 3 stars if the plot hadn’t been so transparent.
Recommended age: 13+
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 Branwell didn’t commit the unspeakable act of which he’s accused — when Branwell can’t speak for himself? — Extract from Goodreads.com