The Kneebone Boy

Ellen Potter

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Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where, according to legend, a monstrous half-beast boy roams the woods. . . .
 
In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

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“The story is fresh, funny and surprising. The sibling dynamics—alternately testy and touching—are believable, as are the wonderfully odd characters from the hulking taxidermist Saint George to the ethereal Sultan of Juwi. A quirky charmer.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
 
“Metafictional flourishes keep us amused and on our toes as Potter tackles some (at book’s end) serious topics from a position both gothic-cheeky and compassionate.”—Horn Book Magazine
 
“Potter’s voice is distinguished by sharp, humorous, and poignant observations. . . . Often laugh-out-loud funny, this tale quietly solves a deeper mystery: how to heal the hearts of this immensely likable trio.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Dark, delicious, biting, sarcastic, arch, and smart. The story itself is smart—almost deceptively so—and with the many layers, I can easily see this appealing to middle school kids. . . . I shivered with the wonderful deliciousness of it all.”—Elizabeth Burns, SLJ.com

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THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen PotterKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE KNEEBONE BOY . The Hardscrabbles of the English town of Little Tunks—silent Otto, the adventure-seeking Lucia and whip-smart Max—have become accustomed to their shy, rumpled father's absences since their mother's suspicious disappearance.
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Ellen Potter

Ellen Potter is the author of books including Slob, Pish Posh, and Olivia Kidney. With Anne Mazer she is also the author of Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. Potter grew up in a high-rise apartment building in New York City’s Upper West Side, where she exercised her early creativity by making up stories about the neighbors she saw on the elevator. When she was 11 years old, she realized all the best books were written for people her age, and so she decided to become a children’s book author. She studied creative writing at Binghamton University, and then worked many different jobs while continuing to write. She was a dog groomer, construction worker, art teacher, and waitress. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, son and a motley assortment of badly behaved animals.

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The Kneebone Boy
Ellen Potter

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
December 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312674328
ISBN10: 0312674325
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 304 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$7.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312377724
ISBN10: 031237772X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$16.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Feiwel & Friends
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429941198
ISBN10: 1429941197
Middle-Grade Fiction288 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$5.70
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