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Bone talk

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781788450188

Publication Date: 13 Dec 2018

Subject: Younger teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)

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A coming-of-age story set at the end of the 19th century in a remote village in the Philippines. About growing up, discovering yourself and the impact of colonialism on native peoples and their lives.

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A coming-of-age story set at the end of the 19th century in a remote village in the Philippines. About growing up, discovering yourself and the impact of colonialism on native peoples and their lives.

More than a hundred years ago, a boy named Samkad thinks he knows everything about the world. He knows the mountains he lives in. He knows his people. He knows his blood enemy, the Mangili. And he wants to become a man, to be given his own shield, spear and axe to fight with. His best friend, Luki, wants all the same things - except she is a girl, and no girl has ever become a warrior.

But everything changes when a new boy arrives in the village. He calls himself Samkad's brother, yet he knows nothing of the ways of the mountain. And he brings news of a people called 'Americans', who are bringing war and destruction to his home.

NOTE : The 'cut' is often referred to in the story, but is not graphically described when it takes place.

NOTE: Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2019
Costa Children's Book Award 2018 Shortlist
NOTE: UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2020

Awards
  • Shortlisted - Carnegie Medal 2019
  • Shortlisted - Costa Childen's Book Award 2019
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Subject
Younger teen novels
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13 Dec 2018
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New in Paperback
ISBN
9781788450188
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Paperback
Pages
241
Width
129mm
Height
198mm
Weight
242g
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