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“this is book is about a girl name bones who lives on the edge of a florida swamp. then two murders in two weeks.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Bones and her best friend Little Man love spending their summer hunting, fishing and exploring the swamp. Her father Nolay is a Native American with somewhat of a temper. When two yankees come offering to buy his land he scares them off with a gun. When one of them turns up dead in the swamp Nolay becomes the prime suspect. Bones knows her daddy better than anyone. She knows he is innocent. Since the sheriff is taking so long to prove it she figures it is up to her to find out what is really going on. This book reminded me of Carl Hiaasen's book "Flush". I believe my students will enjoy this as much as I did.”Sandra K. Stiles wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is book is about a girl name bones who lives on the edge of a florida swamp. then two murders in two weeks. ”Victoria wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was a great first novel. It made me wonder if first novels have to be better just to get published. I'd have given it five stars, but I felt it was a little draggy towards the end. Bones, 10, lives near the Florida swamps in the late 1940s. Her father is part American Indian and earns a living as a fisherman, but also, it seems, by some shadier dealing. Bones' family and most of her friends are dirt poor by today's standards, but they don't know it and are all pretty happy. Then two men turn up dead and Bones' father is the prime suspect. A great coming of age novel set in the not too distant past, touching on friendship, racism, and white trash.”Sue E wrote this review Tuesday, July 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger is a very suspenseful Florida story! Starring the inquisitive 10-year-old Bones, 1949 is a very interesting year! It all starts in late July, when Bones and her family are disturbed by two land-hungry Yankees that want to buy Bones' father, Nolay's, land, but Nolay, being the mischievous person he is, chases them off of his land with a gun! (Since he is of Native American descent and his family had lived there in an earlier time, the land was very special to him.) Not too soon after the incident, Bones and her best friend Little Man discover something horrifying on the swamp's edge, and all evidence of how it came there points to Nolay--but is he innocent? And, if he isn't, will he go to jail?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ms. Ashley-Hollinger was born and spent her childhood on the east coast of Florida in the small community of Micco. Precious Bones is her debut novel and a tribute to a time and way of life that has all but disappeared. She lives in Hawaii with her husband, on a preserved wetland with an assortment of endangered birds and wild chickens.
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It was a very interesting read! Since one of my favorite subjects in school is history, I also loved that it's a historical fiction novel! When I first saw the cover, I thought it was a photograph, it was so well painted! Although the story captured my attention, I wasn't sure of the gender of Bones until she put on a dress for church. That was a little irritating, but only a minor detail. My favorite parts were when the miracle started happening and Bones and her mother collected the $300, and when Bones gave the "present" to Betty Jean Davis. :)
I rated this book 4.5 stars
**I received a copy of this eBook for free from Random House Children's Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation.**
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“A fantastic tale of life in the Florida swamp during the late 40's and early 50's. Bones is an adventuresome ten-year old living in the Florida swamps, whose playground is the Florida swamps, brimming with mountain witches, black bears, alligators and bobcats. Bones' father, Nolay, a Miccosukee Indian, is smart and mischievous. Her Mama Lori, is as practical as corn bread, can see straight into Bones' soul. It's summer, and Bones is busy hunting and fishing with her best friend, Little Man. But then two Yankee real estate agents trespass on her family's land, and Nolay scares them off with his gun. When a storm blows in and Bones and Little Man uncover something horrible at the edge of the Loo-chee swamp, the evidence of foul play points to Nolay. The only person that can help Nolay is Sheriff LeRoy, who's as slow as pond water. Bones is determined to take matters into her own hands. If it takes a miracle, then a miracle is what she will deliver.”SilverTill wrote this review Thursday, December 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No