Review: The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen PotterRelease Date: 2010
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: RAK
IBSN: 9780312377724

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

Sometimes I just need a little middle grade in my life, you know? Something fun and whimsical. I’ve had The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter on my to read list ever since I laid eyes on that cover. Isn’t it just awesome? MG’s get the best covers.

The Kneebone Boy was a little slow at the beginning but once it picked up I had a lot of fun. This book really doesn’t fit into any one genre. There’s some fantastical elements but it’s not really a fantasy. I would say that it’s…quirky, in a good way. My favorite thing about the story was the narration. It’s told by one of the children, they won’t tell you which one, but you are allowed to guess. That added a fun and enchanting element to the story. I especially loved that the narrator would talk directly to the reader.

If you’re in the mood for a clever and unusual MG then I recommend The Kneebone Boy. It’s a fast, adventuress read!


  1. I just love the cover! I had to pin it on Pinterest as it is so gorgeous and dark!
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  2. What a fantastic cover!! This book sounds really good. I love a good Middle Grade novel once in a while. :)
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  3. Clever and unusual MG is TOTALLY UP TO MY SPEED. I haven’t heard of this one but will definitely be reading it now! 
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  4. this one sounds like a really fun read. and you’re right, it’s totally one i would pick up just based on the cover. i do love some mg once in awhile. off to add to my tbr pile!
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  5. I don’t think I’ve heard of this one, but I do enjoy MG from time to time. I just love the cover, and it sounds fun and quirky. Thanks for introducing this one!
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  6. I am loving the cover and I do like some whimsy in my reads once in a while. 
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  7. I have not heard about this one before.  This sounds like something my son would really love though! I will have to get a copy for him! 
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  8. Randi M says:

    Love that cover! This sounds kind of gothicky. Love it. :) Thanks for the lovely review! Definitely adding this one to my list.

  9. I love the cover of this one, and the quirky narration sounds right up my alley!
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  10. That sounds awesome!! I will totally recommend this to Pushy who has kids perfectly in the age to read these and is always hunting for a good MG. This definitely sounds unique and cute.. Even I
    m intrigued now :) 
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  11. I have NOT heard about this book but i LOVE the synopsis & cover! I love it even more since there is an ominous narrator, great review, will have to my never ending TBR pile. =)
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  12. I have not heard of this book before, the cover is really done well, intriguing. This is one that I will be sure to pick up for my kiddo – and try to read first, lol! He’s been determined to out-read me lately 😉 
    Thanks for sharing! Happy reading :)
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  13. I can’t wait to read this!  I really enjoyed Potter’s “The Humming Room” and am so excited for more quirkiness 😉
    Great review!

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  14. I really need to read this one –  I loved her book The Humming Room so I need to check this one out :)
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