16. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger, 352 pages, read by Angie, on 01/15/2013

Precious BonesBones and her family live in the Florida swamps in 1948. She and her best friend Little Man are creatures of the swamp; they know the land and the animals and people for miles around. She likes to catch mullet with Little Man and sit on the porch of the Last Chance store with Mr. Speed. The small community is shook up when two murders take place in a matter of days. Nolay, Bones’s daddy, is the prime suspect for the murders and Bones starts doubting her daddy. But the sheriff is investigating and they have hope that Nolay’s name will be cleared. Precious Bones is filled with an interesting cast of characters (with even more interesting names). There are also big issues discussed here: child abuse, racism, mental health. Ashley-Hollinger isn’t subtle in her opinions of these things but the message is still good. Bones is a fabulous character full of whit and charm and know-how about the swamps she calls home.

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