Bone Music – David Almond

Published by Hodder Children’s Books

From the pen of the multi-award winning author, David Almond,(Skellig, My Name is Mina) comes Bone Music, a wonderfully atmospheric tale set in rural Northumberland.

Ideal for readers aged 12-plus, Bone Music tells the story of 15-year-old Sylvia Carr whose mother takes her for a much-needed break from their home in the middle of the city of Newcastle, back to where she grew up in wild Northumberland. Sylvia’s father, meanwhile, is away, trying to reach Syria to photograph the horrors of war. Alone, and with no phone signal, Sylvia encounters Gabriel, a teenage boy through whom she explores rural life, both past and present. 

This short, original novel is about connections. It explores the contrasts between town and country, loss and belonging, and the natural order versus the demands of modern life. It is a book whose sparse, lyrical prose evokes a deep reaction that will stay with you long after you put the book down. It’s a book to savour alone which in turn lends itself well to a class discussion.