Written by Sara Crowe
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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 - April 2014 Debut of the Month A haunting story in which Ash and his soldier father are linked by traditions from the past and struggles in the present. When Dad returns from the war, Ash expects him to be a hero. But Dad is far from heroic; he only wants to be alone and Ash doesn’t know how to reach him. Ash takes solace in his running, training hard for his role as stag boy for the local Stag Chase – as his father has done before him. But there are some old ghosts stirring on the hills as well as some hostility from his friends and Ash needs to confront them both if he is to help his father.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Bone Jack a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster... 'a gripping read which can't be missed...it is spine tingling and spooky...I couldn't take my eyes off this book and am now eager to read more from the author.' Raj Bunet.
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The Good Book Guide Review. Ash’s dad has returned from the war, suffering from PTSD. Ash has also drifted apart from his best friend, Mark, who is grieving after his father’s death. The one thing left that Ash enjoys is running in the mountains, as he is training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. However, ancient ghosts are stirring and the air is heavy with death, which makes Ash wonder if he should still take part in the Chase. This fascinating and evocative story combines folklore with important contemporary issues. (Ages 12–15)
~ Andrea Rayner
Bone Jack by Sara Crowe
Ash's dad has returned from war. But he's far from the hero Ash was expecting. He's close to a breakdown, lost in a world of imaginary threats. Meanwhile, Ash's best friend Mark is grieving and has drifted away into his own nightmares. Ash's only escape is his lonely mountain running, training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. But dark things are stirring. Ghostly hound boys prowl the high paths, and in the shadows a wild man watches. Ash begins to wonder if the sinister stories about the Stag Chase are true. Could Mark and Dad be haunted by more than just their pasts?
It is perfect for fans of Alan Garner and David Almond.
Teens love to read and so a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review Bone Jack. You can read their reviews below.
Emily Gettins, age 13 - 'a fantastic, fast-paced story which keeps you guessing right up until the last page!' Click Here to read the full review.
Hamish McGregor-Hurst, age 12 - 'Great book, I enjoyed reading every page. Ash is a runner with a big mystery to solve.' Click Here to read the full review.
Raj Bunet, age 12 - 'Bone Jack is a gripping read which can't be missed...it is spine tingling and spooky...I couldn't take my eyes off this book and am now eager to read more from the author.' Click Here to read the full review.
Further praise for Bone Jack.
Haunting and compelling. An outstanding novel -- Phil Earle author of Being Billy and Heroic
Dark, magical, and mysterious, Bone Jack captured me and carried me away. -- Rebecca Stead author of Liar & Spy and When You Reach Me
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
More books by Sara Crowe
Andersen Press Ltd
3rd April 2014
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.
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