Adventure · Children's · Young adult

Bone Music – David Almond ★★★★

Blurb; This wonderful tale transports the reader from the city to the forests and fells of Northern England. Under a boundless starry sky, the unforgettable Sylvia Carr reconnects with the ancient past and discovers what it really means to be young in the world today.

Sylvia, brave hearted and rebellious, moves into wild Northumberland from the city of Newcastle. She feels alien in this huge, silent, seemingly empty landscape, but then she meets Gabriel, a strange yet familiar boy. As they roam the forests and fells together, she sees nature with new eyes. She becomes aware that the past is all around her, and is deep inside herself. From the wing of a dead buzzard, they create a hollow bone – the kind of flute that was created and used in rituals in the distant past.

This is a book of hope and joy – a book that celebrates humanity and explores the deep connections between ourselves and nature. It is timely and original. It speaks to young people about what it really is to be a human being alive today.

My Review; Let’s start with this gorgeous cover. Amazing. Eye catching. Love it. Now this is a story for older, more mature children. It’s a beautiful story. Two hundred pages long. It took me a while to get into it personally and I did find parts a bit wierd but then I just fell in love. I really did. Meet Slyvia, she’s come to the middle of nowhere literally from her busy city life. There no WiFi, no signal just nature & forest surround her.

Will she settle here? Make friends? Find herself? A new hobby? This book relates to the past us. The history of humans. How that relates to nature and animals. Its an outstanding read. But for a mature reader who will understand the meaning of this book. Its beautiful. Loved it all. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

Amazon Link UK

Apologies I could not find a US link to this book. 😦