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Bone Jack

Written by Sara Crowe

Key Stage 3 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Bone Jack

Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 - April 2014 Debut of the Month  A haunting story in which Ash and his soldier father are linked by traditions from the past and struggles in the present. When Dad returns from the war, Ash expects him to be a hero. But Dad is far from heroic; he only wants to be alone and Ash doesn’t know how to reach him. Ash takes solace in his running, training hard for his role as stag boy for the local Stag Chase – as his father has done before him. But there are some old ghosts stirring on the hills as well as some hostility from his friends and Ash needs to confront them both if he is to help his father.

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Bone Jack a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster... 'a gripping read which can't be is spine tingling and spooky...I couldn't take my eyes off this book and am now eager to read more from the author.'  Raj Bunet.

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Bone Jack Synopsis

Ash's dad has returned from war. But he's far from the hero Ash was expecting. He's close to a breakdown, lost in a world of imaginary threats. Meanwhile, Ash's best friend Mark is grieving and has drifted away into his own nightmares. Ash's only escape is his lonely mountain running, training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. But dark things are stirring. Ghostly hound boys prowl the high paths, and in the shadows a wild man watches. Ash begins to wonder if the sinister stories about the Stag Chase are true. Could Mark and Dad be haunted by more than just their pasts?

It is perfect for fans of Alan Garner and David Almond.

The Good Book Guide Review

Ash’s dad has returned from the war, suffering from PTSD. Ash has also drifted apart from his best friend, Mark, who is grieving after his father’s death. The one thing left that Ash enjoys is running in the mountains, as he is training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. However, ancient ghosts are stirring and the air is heavy with death, which makes Ash wonder if he should still take part in the Chase. This fascinating and evocative story combines folklore with important contemporary issues. (Ages 12–15)

Bone Jack Press Reviews

Teens love to read and so a small number of members  were lucky enough to be invited to review Bone Jack.  You can read their reviews below.

Emily Gettins, age 13 - 'a fantastic, fast-paced story which keeps you guessing right up until the last page!' Click Here to read the full review.

Hamish McGregor-Hurst, age 12 - 'Great book, I enjoyed reading every page. Ash is a runner with a big mystery to solve.' Click Here to read the full review.

Raj Bunet, age 12 - 'Bone Jack is a gripping read which can't be is spine tingling and spooky...I couldn't take my eyes off this book and am now eager to read more from the author.' Click Here to read the full review.

Further praise for Bone Jack.

Haunting and compelling. An outstanding novel -- Phil Earle author of Being Billy and Heroic

Dark, magical, and mysterious, Bone Jack captured me and carried me away. -- Rebecca Stead author of Liar & Spy and When You Reach Me

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783440054
Publication date: 3rd April 2014
Author: Sara Crowe
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: General Fiction

About Sara Crowe

Sara Crowe was raised in various wild parts of England. In 2013, she travelled around the countryside in a big camper van with her partner and their dogs. Sara's interests include photography, nature, folklore and folk history. Most of these find their way into her writing. Bone Jack is her first novel.

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