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Bones of a Saint

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Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley
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Mar 16, 2021 | ISBN 9781641291170

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A Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction Youth Book of 2021

Praise for Bones of a Saint

“Grant Farley’s Bones of a Saint is an atmospheric read—a niche world of small gains with tragic consequences. The story reads fast and tight and colorful and your eyes always feel low to the ground. The dusty landscape and every object and every person, and even hope itself, pulls you forward toward an ending that is like the sting of a scorpion.”
—Newbery winner Jack Gantos

Bones of a Saint reads like a dream—I found myself muttering the word ‘wow’ over and over as I read. My favorite stories are coming-of-age ones that find a new way into the teenage struggle, a new lens through which to view the fight for one’s innocence against the adult world’s corruption and chaos. Bones of a Saint is exactly that, but there’s something else—a grittiness and an honesty that earns the reader’s trust from page one. It’s like nothing I’ve read in years.”
—John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist for Noggin and winner of the Printz Medal for Where Things Come Back

“Surreal but at the same time so real, and intensely meaningful. This is the kind of book no one writes anymore, but that everyone wants—and needs—to read.”
—Maggie Thrash, Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominated author of Honor Girl

Bones of a Saint is one of the best novels in any genre that I’ve read in years. It frightened me, thrilled me, and delighted me. An indelible setting with unforgettable characters.”
—Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty thrillers and Junior Bender mysteries

“[A] unique and fabulous voice.”
The News-Gazette (Champaign–Urbana)

“[T]his deftly crafted coming-of-age story set in Northern California in the ’70s is an inherently absorbing and fully entertaining novel.”
Midwest Book Review

“A celebration of the power of story . . . This ambitious debut invites serious contemplation as it examines the role of religion, a connection to The Canterbury Tales, and more . . . A compelling, unforgettable reading experience that is brilliantly executed.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“[RJ’s] evocative, unflinching narration keeps the pages turning . . . this suspenseful coming-of-age tale packs a punch.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“RJ’s candid voice will engage contemporary readers in this atmospheric coming-of-age tale that effectively knits together storytelling, religion, morality, redemption, and heredity.”
Publishers Weekly

“[Bones of a Saint‘s] literary writing style [sets] it apart from other young adult novels.”
School Library Journal

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