Silent to the Bone is a novel that explains how and why Branwell Zamborska started a life of silence after his half-sister’s accident. Silent to the Bone does more than explain about Branwell’s silence, it helps readers understand how to deal with tough situations while babysitting, friendship, love and how to speak out when needed. Silent to the Bone is recommended for students from sixth to ninth grades, although suggestions of incest may be inappropriate for younger readers. This book would work best for an English or Health class. Topics that could be covered include problem solving, friendship, honesty, social responsibility, babysitting awareness, CPR and being aware of one’s body and the changes it goes through. Silent to the Bone is appropriate for students due to the fact that it brings about an awareness for students to be honest, be reliable and be friends.
By: E.L. Konigsburg