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!