Silent to the Bone

Illustrated by: E.L. Konigsburg
For Ages: 10 - 14
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Speechless
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?
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Book Details:
  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689867156 | 
  • January 2004 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9
List Price $9.99

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Chapter One: Days One, Two, & Three

It is easy to pinpoint the minute when my friend Branwell began his silence. It was Wednesday, November 25, 2:43 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. It was there -- or, I guess you could say not there -- on the tape of the 911 call.

Operator: Epiphany 911. Hobson speaking.

SILENCE.

Operator: Epiphany 911. Hobson. May I help you?

SILENCE. [Voices are heard in the background.]

Operator: Anyone there?

A woman's voice [screaming in the background]: Tell them. Tell them.

Operator: Ma'am, I can't hear you. [then louder] Please... see more

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