Book Review: The Kneebone Boy

Book Review: The Kneebone BoyThe Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 14th 2010
Pages: 288

The book's set in a small English town and follows the Hardscrabble kids who are relocated to live with their aunt in London, where they discover they might be living next door to “a horribly misshapen boy who has figured in local legend.” It’s the story of the three Hardscrabble siblings and their search for the legendary Kneebone Boy. 

The Hardscrabbles, Otto, Lucia (pronounced Lu-CHEE-a), Max, and their father, Casper, are a little different than other families in the small town of Little Tunks. You see, years earlier, Mrs. Hardscrabble disappeared. There one day and gone the next. And what happened to Tess Hardscrabble is a complete mystery. One that everyone is not quite sure that can be solved. But leave to three very inquisitive children to see if they can.

The Kneebone Boy is a witty and enchanting novel. And the narration… wow, it is definitely one of a kind. The story itself is told through one of the Hardscrabble children’s unique voice (and I am not telling whose), but as the novel explains, it should not be too hard to figure it out. As a reader, I must give mega kudos to Ms. Potter for the narration. It is witty, clever, and down right entertaining. The flow is perfect. Just enough mystery to keep readers guessing, and what I loved most, I found nothing predictable. The ending completely floored me. I believe I had to read it twice just to make sure that I was reading it correctly.

On top of the stellar narration, the family dynamic within The Kneebone Boy is quite astounding. Very realistic and very heartfelt. With each of the children having their own distinct personality and quirks. They fight… they laugh… they bond. It was truly pleasure to get to know these characters.

The Kneebone Boy is a novel that you do not see very often. It is quirky, adventurous, has a hint of danger, and was a true joy to read. Highly Recommend.

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