The Road Of Bones by Anne Fine
  

The Road Of Bones

Written by Anne Fine

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. An epic story of survival that raises important questions about totalitarian governments and the imposition of social change. For years Yuri has watched the devastating effect of oppression on his own life and on those around him. Things come to a head when he complains about safety at work following an accident in which his friends die. To avoid arrest, Yuri goes on the run. On his flight through the countryside he witnesses the despair of all; speaking out again, he is arrested and transported to a labour camp where he develops the hard hearted skills of survival.

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The Road Of Bones by Anne Fine

Before I was even seven, I swear I could spell ‘The Glorious Revolution’… ‘Glorious Lie, more like,’ is what Yuri’s grandmother calls it. Everyone believes what they’re told and everyone knows who to cheer for, now that the Czar has gone. But people still vanish sometimes.No one sees anything, or hears anything. And no one ever comes back. Yuri knows this. But he never dreams that he too could be considered an ‘enemy of the state’ simply for letting drop a few careless words. Now he’s taking his first steps on a road to despair, to a virtual death-sentence - a nightmare journey up north to a camp amidst the frozen wastes. What, or who, can he possibly believe in now? Can he even survive? And is escape possible...?


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This ambitious book is a rare achievement ... Subtle, stimulating and morally complex but it is also evocative and convincing: we feel keenly the chill of both soulless hegemony and its frozen wastes The Sunday Times It carries lessons to be re-assimilated by young readers - how society can be deceived, how people can become powerless and how tyranny can breed tyranny The Bookseller A hybrid of political concern and an excruciatingly exciting adventure-thriller, Anne Fine's The Road of Bones could easily be described as a Magnum Opus ... The Road of Bones might be cold in setting but at heart glows with an intensity of warmth, passion, fervour and belief, it is the novel that all should resolve to read -- Jake Hope Achuka The Road of Bones is a startling achievement, not least for its refusal to wrap it all up into a neat and tidy happy ending. It will leave its young readers with a great deal to think about. Most children will know of the Holocaust, but few will realise how many perished during Stalin's purges. This alone is a story worth telling. Cleverly though, The Road of Bones also makes its warnings contemporary, timeless even thebookbag.co.uk Beneath its cold white cover a story of magnitude unfolds -- Diane Samuels Guardian

About the Author

Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author or click here to read an extended biography in which Anne talks about her writing.

Here is a letter from author, Sarah Forbes to Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.

Dear Anne Fine,
You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is a lovely place: a small seaside resort on the east coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. It has an open-air swimming pool and a ruined castle. These days it’s famous for being the home of the deep-fried Mars bar. (Yes, I have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar. No, that isn’t why I’m writing this.)

I remember your visit vividly because I was an avid, avid reader of your books. You coming to town was like having a famous pop star parachute in for the day. The excitement of having an actual, real author come to speak to us! Someone whose books I could reach out and touch on the library shelves in the children’s section upstairs where you did your event.

For a kid living in a big literary city like Edinburgh or London, meeting authors might not be such a big deal. Authors tend to work hard to promote their books and the ones I know do as many events as they can. But let me tell you, rural Aberdeenshire in the 80s was not a hotbed of literary discovery, and you coming to town meant a lot. I think that was the point when I realized writing could be a career. Maybe one day, I could be a writer too.

Many, many years later, I found myself back in the children’s section of Stonehaven Library promoting my own children’s books. That felt incredibly weird and incredibly lovely all at the same time. I’m excited to say I’ll also be talking to kids about my Elspeth Hart books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month. I have so much fun doing my own events, but my favourite part is when I ask if anyone likes writing or wants to be a writer and dozens of hands shoot up. The ideas these kids have are amazing. I wonder if it’s easier to dream your way into becoming a writer when you meet grown-ups who’ve done the same thing?

Either way, I relish every minute of getting to meet my readers, and part of the reason I appreciate it, Anne, is you.

Warm wishes,
Sarah Forbes

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Format

Paperback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Anne Fine
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Author's Website

www.annefine.co.uk/

Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

31st May 2007

ISBN

9780552554930

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