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Gina McMurchy-Barber. Reading the Bones
Dundurn  $11.99  ISBN 978-1-55002-732-7  148 pg.
Reviewed by Joe,  Age 13

Twelve-year-old Peggy Henderson has moved to Crescent Beach, B.C. to live with her aunt and uncle while her mother looks for work in Toronto. Peggy and her uncle decide to dig a pond in the backyard, when she discovers a human skull! Peggy learns that the entire town of Crescent Beach is built on top of an old village and her backyard is an ancient burial site. And she learns a lot more!

Gina McMurchy-Barber wrote Reading the Bones. She received the 2004 Governor Generalís Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and she majored in archaeology at Simon Fraser University. I recommend this book for grades 4 to 7. I think kids should read this book because it is quick, easy-to-read, fun and interesting.

Reading the Bones only took a few chapters to really grab my attention. I enjoyed the variety of personalities in the characters. The pictures that I envisioned were vivid, there was lots o detail given. The conclusion left me satisfied and it seemed original.

I give Reading the Bones 3 stars!


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