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Publisher's Note:

In a southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the age when most members of her family discover their Gift. Bone has a Gift that disturbs her; she can sense stories when she touches an object that was important to someone. She sees both sad and happy--the death of a deer in an arrowhead, the pain of a beating in a baseball cap, and the sense of joy in a fiddle. The…

Bone’s Gift

by Angie Smibert

Overall Book Review:

It’s 1942 in a coal mining town in southern Virginia, and 12-year-old female protagonist Bone Phillips doesn’t know it just yet, but this is the year that will change her life forever.

Third person narrative aptly chronicles this coming of age story of Bone and her quest to explore her mother’s legacy, namely her demise. Through this exploration, the author allows readers to genuinely delve into the Appalachian lifestyle at that time in history, but the real joy of this story is the ties that Bone has with her family and community. 

Full of adventure, Bone may be a bit rough-and-tumble, but she has a heart of gold and a curious mind. Her interaction with the other characters is endearing and helps move the story along at a pace readers can keep up with. 

There may be some paranormal aspects within the book that are presented as “mysterious,” but is in no way creepy.

Although the book does touch on some sensitive subject matter its done in a conscious way for younger readers to still be able to enjoy the overall story. 

For fans of Wish You Well by David Baldacci and Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre.

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Penguin

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation, 2 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  Few occasions in which a character has thoughts or visions that contain mild violence; incident of humorous violence; report of a child fighting another child; character mentions a story about murder; extended scene (about 1 page) referrals to war, being drafted, fighting, dying, and returning home different; relative hits child; character obtains a mild injury; child cuts themselves intentionally; extended scene (about 1 page) in a rage a relative grabs a child forcefully almost drowning them. 

Sex/Nudity:  Kiss on forehead; a marriage proposal. 

Mature Subject Matter:

War, death/death of a loved one, mild paranormal activities (not scary).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink, smoke, and use tobacco.

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I appreciate books of all genres, but my main squeeze is fiction. Depending on my mood it could be romance or suspense; lately I’ve been courting fantasy. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I am locating tasty paleo recipes, writing in-coherent poetry, and crafting with paper.