Reading the Bones: A Peggy Henderson Adventure - A Peggy Henderson Adventure 1 (Paperback)Gina McMurchy-Barber (author)
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Due to circumstances beyond her control, 12-year-old Peggy Henderson has to move to the quiet town of Crescent Beach, British Columbia, to live with her aunt and uncle. Without a father and separated from her mother, who's looking for work, Peggy feels her unhappiness increasing until the day she and her uncle start digging a pond in the backyard and she realizes the rock she's been trying to pry from the ground is really a human skull.
Peggy eventually learns that her home and the entire seaside town were built on top of a 5000-year-old Coast Salish fishing village. With the help of an elderly archaeologist, a woman named Eddy, Peggy comes to know the ancient storyteller buried in her yard in a way that few others can -- by reading the bones.
As life with her aunt becomes more and more unbearable, Peggy looks to the old Salish man from the past for help and answers.
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 163 g
Dimensions: 210 x 133 x 10 mm
It's an entertaining read that also manages - in its story twists relating to the potential fate of precious artifacts - to nudge the reader subtly towards an understanding of the importance of modern cultural resource management.-- Alex Browne * Black Press *
... centers its fascinating - and informative - plot on a middle-schooler who uncovers a human skull in her backyard. With help from an archaeologist, she learns her town was built on top of a 5,000 year-old fishing village.
I think kids should read this book because it is quick, easy-to-read, fun and interesting I enjoyed the variety of personalities in the characters. The pictures that I envisioned were vivid, there was lots of details given. The conclusion left me satisfied and it seemed original. -- Joe, age 13
Reading the Bones is an excellent story that shows the importance of the past to the present, but also the importance of learning who you are. Recommended.-- Daphne Hamilton-Nagorsen * CM Magazine *
... it is an interesting read and certainly presents some of the enigmatic allure of archaeology in enticing terms.-- Margaret Mackey * Resource Links *
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