Bone Talk

Bone Talk Review

‘A wonderful novel... will stay with me for a long time.’ Elizabeth Laird

More than a hundred years ago, a boy named Samkad thinks he knows everything about the world. He knows the mountains he lives in. He knows his people. He knows his blood enemy, the Mangili. And he wants to become a man, to be given his own shield, spear and axe to fight with. His best friend, Luki, wants all the same things – but she is a girl, and no girl has ever become a warrior.

But everything changes when a new boy arrives in the village. He calls himself Samkad’s brother, yet he knows nothing of the ways of the mountain. And he brings news of a people called ‘Americans’, who are bringing war and destruction right to his home . . .

Title:Bone Talk
Edition Language:English

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  • ThatBookGal

    I purchased this at YALC, on the insistence by the publisher that I absolutely must read it. She was right, a wonderful and quick introduction to the history of a part of the world I am completely ign...

  • Ellie Labbett

    Young Samkad is desperate to become a man. His father is a valued and respected warrior within the Bontoc community, and, to Samkad, the epitome of what it means to be a man. If only Samkad could prov...

  • Sophie Anderson

    I was swept away by this gripping tale, set in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century. Bone Talk is skilfully written, with evocative descriptions that provide a fascinating glimpse into...

  • Mathew

    I have lots of thoughts about this book. It is a story that carries within it a goal which is, according to the back jacket sleeve, to bring into the world a story that the author was missing whilst g...

  • Kathryn, known bibliophile

    ~this is the fifth book I have read for the Carnegie awards! get involved @ www.ckg.org.ukinsert official description because ya girl is lazy as heck: More than a hundred years ago, a boy named Samkad...

  • Erris

    the only criticism I have is this book should have been a bit longer? anyway I'm a sucker for books that are just different. like, the don't take place in the us like every single other book. AND HIST...

  • Kim Tyo-Dickerson

    What I have loved about this year's Carnegie Shortlist is the range of stories and voices. Bone Talk blew me away by taking me deep into the history of the Philipines right before the American boot ca...

  • Stephen Connor

    A story set in the Philippines, taking in the American invasions of the late 19th century. Samdak lives with his community, the Bontok, where his life is mapped out. He will become a man, help his com...

  • Karen Barber

    Samkad is a boy, desperate to be a man. However, customs dictate he must listen to the ancients of his village and he cannot become a man until his brother is found.Following Samkad we’re shown what...

  • Caroline

    I loved this book by Candy Gourlay set on her native Philippines at the beginning of the colonial era there. As Candy says, there are no contemporary records from Philippino voices and so Candy had to...