My story is a tribute to a time, a place and a people that have all but vanished. It takes place in a small Florida community in the summer of nineteen-forty-nine.
Ten year old Precious Bones lives with her parents and a menagerie of animals, in a cracker box of a house without electricity, perched on the edge of a pristine Florida swamp. It is a time not measured by hours and minutes, but by the events that make up a day.
It is my hope that readers will not only enjoy the history, mystery and wealth of information, but will perhaps become more inspired to help preserve this magnificent land and its inhabitants.
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"Bone's voice is strong and lyrical, mixing regional syntax and dialect with lovely descriptions of the beauty she sees in this mystical place. A spirited and fascinating setting, but it is Bones who shines." Kirkus Reviews
"Bones is a sure-footed tour guide through this untamed landscape, wide-eyed, competent but aware of her own limitations.....A tale that will hold high interest for nature-loving readers longing for their own wild playgrounds." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Recommended)
"The story's setting is vividly drawn and the characters are endearing. It's a rich stew, including hearty dollops of mystery and suspense. The Horn Book Magazine
Precious Bones / Mika Ashley-Hollinger / Delacorte Press
Price: $7.99 / ISBN: 978-0307930705 / Published: May, 2012
Ages 9-12 / Young Adult Historical Fiction