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Bone Music

Bone Music

Published: 1 Apr 2021

Hardback, 208 pages

Recommended for age 11+ and 14+

By David Almond

Published by Hachette Children's Group

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The new stand-alone novel from David Almond - Bone Music is a timely masterpiece that explores the connections between the past and the present, between civilisation and wilderness. At its heart is the unforgettable Sylvia Carr, who moves from city to the forest and is 'rewilded'.

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.

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