The Bone Dragon
Evie's shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed - the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps... show more
Evie's shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed - the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength. Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real. As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can't fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it. This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can't talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable. A blend of psychological thriller and fairytale, "The Bone Dragon" explores the fragile boundaries between real life and fantasy, and the darkest corners of the human mind.
Publish date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Realistic Fiction
, Young Adult Fantasy
, Young Adult Contemporary
Pro:Das Cover ist schlicht: ein geschnitzter chinesischer Drache in einem Glasfläschchen. Wer sich als interessierter Leser das Bild betrachtet, bekommt noch keinen Hinweis darauf, ob es sich hier um Fantasy handelt oder um ein realistisches Jugendbuch. Und erstaunlicherweise könnte ich auch jetzt, ...
If you like a slower, more subdued read, then The Bone Dragon might be a good choice for you. There are a lot of tough issues addressed in this book, and they were often subtly and carefully explored. Evie’s traumatic past and delicate relationships with her foster family are handled very well. I co...
This book just wasn't my cup of tea.I was put off almost straight away by the seeming slow and very confusing beginning. It took me a long long time to get into this book and by the time I did get in to it I just wasn't feeling it any more.It's a quirky idea, the bone dragon, and it did work. But th...