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Bone By Bone

A beautifully written tale of childhood friendship in America’s deep south, in the tradition of To Kill A Mocking BirdDavid is nine. He knows all the bones. When he was born, his father Dr Franklin Church hung a skeleton in his room and taught him the names, bone by bone by bone. David is going to be a doctor like his father. David’s best friend is Malcolm. Malcolm knows the bone names too. But this is Tennessee in the 1950s-the deep south of America, and a time of brutal racial intolerance and tension. It’s the territory of the Ku Klux Klan.And Malcolm is black.Drawing on her own childhood memories, Tony Johnston brings us a universal story of the innocent purity of friendship amidst the bone-chilling horror of racism.

About the Author

Tony Johnston lives in San Marino, California, where she writes full time. She is the author of more than eighty books for children, and Bone By Bone is her first Young Adult/crossover novel. In it Johnston draws on her own childhood experiences growing up in the 1940s and 50s in a family where racial intolerance was ingrained.

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4 August 2008
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racism, friendship, family, identity
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