Silent to the Bone: Summary

Silent to the Bone, is a fictional mystery, written by E. L. Konisburg, about a thirteen year old boy. The story mainly takes place at the Juvenile Behavioral Center, Branwell Zamborska, is being held there because they think he hurt his baby half – sister, Nikki.

There was a 9-1-1 call made by Branwell but he could not speak to the operator.. Vivian, the baby’s au pair, was doing CPR on Nikki, because she found Branwell shaking her and that she had stopped breathing. Police took Branwell to the juvenile center while they waited to see what was going to happen to the baby. At the hospital, Nikki, was on a ventilator and in a coma. Because Branwell could not or would not speak, they could not figure out what really happened. All they knew was what Vivian had told them that Branwell, had shaken and might have dropped Nikki.

Dr. Zamborska, Branwell’s father asked his friend, Connor to visit him and try to get him to talk.. He visits him and finds out that his friend can not tell him what happened. Because Connor believes in his friend, Branwell, he comes up with a way for him to communicate using only his eyes and words that he printed on flashcards to communicate. It was something that he remembers the two of them talking about a man writing and entire book with someone using only the alphabet and his eyes to communicate each letter. Connor tells the story and opens the mystery of what really happened on that day. Everyone is worried that Nikki will not get better and what will happen to Branwell if she does not.

The first word that Branwell blinked twice to was Margaret, who is Connor’s older half – sister, and she helps him to understand how Branwell is feeling when his father remarries after many years of it just being him and his father. Margaret helps Connor unfold the entire mystery of what really happened to Nikki and by whom. Each word is another clue and person that Connor has to talk to in order to solve the mystery.

The author kept my attention to the story in each page. It was not hard to keep reading because I wanted to find out what happened next and to get to who really did hurt Nikki and if Branwell would ever talk again. She made the characters real, and more like kids my own age. You want to keep reading her book not just to finish it but to find out the answer to the mystery.

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22 Comments
  1. Glenn
    Posted May 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    this stunk!it’s like you didnt even understand what was going on.As if you pulled random words from the text and made asuptions!

  2. boogie
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    i think this was ok i didnt really understand the book so i was searching gor a little help,and you did noy help me at all.if anything i left with more questions than answers.

  3. Joe
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    i hated this book

  4. lisamig
    Posted August 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I did read the book and only gave this as a brief summary of the book. It is not meant to be a full report on the book. If you have a full report on the book I would like to read it. It was not a favorite book to read but when mandatory reading of your children you read what they are so that you are sure they did read it.

  5. imimlalaland
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    i really liked this book i thought that it was very good and interenting

  6. hoko le ;D
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    The plot was interesting and the introduction caught my attention very well.

  7. book worm
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    The beginning of this book was dull. I would have stopped reading it but I have to do a project on it. Once I got further into it, I thought it was satifactory.

  8. Shaun
    Posted January 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    my teacher is reading us this book and it sounds good and interesting but kids dont lyke to listen to there teacher reading and reading. but overall i would give it a satisfactory and a 7 /10

  9. me;D
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    i this is not a compleye response or summary to the book you went great till the end. Add more so that you make us want to read the book just as the author does. That would be a better response for this book. I liked the book alot but u missed the essence that made us all keep reading.
    Good Job ;)

  10. lisamig
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    The entire point of the review is to not give you the story. Yes, I do agree that it is lacking a bit but this was one of the first reviews I had ever done. Please try one yourself, it takes on a whole new meaning when you do one.

  11. Jose Lopez
    Posted May 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    i love your book and the book of #7 and would like some information about book #8 of wat it is about

  12. Posted January 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i am doing a book report on this book and i needed some help of what to put into the report. this is okay but it didnt help me much :/ but you did a great job :]]
    thanks for the help!! :]]]]]

  13. Tali Jacobs
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I think this was great !!! I am going out to buy the book now :)

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  15. Books 'r' Gay
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:06 am

    read this book for school assignment… fairly good but now i need to do the assignment part :S

  16. hatethisbook
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 2:35 am

    This is a terrible book.dont try to make this book sound good. Next time you write something.try to make it have all the answers in it for a school project on the book.

  17. Posted October 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Unfortunately for you I was reviewing the book not writing your paper.

  18. anonymous
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    First of all i read the book and loved it!!!! It is an awesome book!!! The summary you provided had some false accusations because you have somethingsthat are not true. Next time give a correct summary that is based on the book not something you just decided to make up. This book is not at all confusing even my little sister read it and could understand and she is 6 1/2. I have a way better summry that is based on the book than your dumb summary.

  19. Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

    i would give this book 5 stars i think that this book was great.in the begginning of the book i did not understand it but in the middle i thought it was an awesome book!i would scream to the top of my lungs if i dropped my baby sister like that . epecially if she ended up in a coma.and i also have to do a project on this book there are 3 options we can do a storyboard, a character bulliten board , or we can do it on the cereal box. the cereal box is so easy but i wanted to challenge myself so i picked the character bulliten board. my partners name is leshay . but anywho i still think that this book is satisfactory and if people say that they do not like it i dont wanna judge but they r wrong.when i read the summary i didnt understand it but when i got to the middle of the book i knew that this book deserved 2 thumbs up

  20. Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    - I think this book was very great..But Branwell didnt do anything it was vivian.SHE ! sent branwell to the behorvail center.He was the one who was doin her job,she wasnt even takin care of nikki he was.Vivian was in the room with her boyfriend doin something.Branwell would come home and nikki would have on an dirty papper.He was the on that was takin care of his sister vivian wasn\\\’t.

  21. Posted November 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    It’s a good book and kids need to know what happens in the real world and this is a good example of it!!!!!!!!!

  22. help me.
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Ok…I’m s tupose do a report thing on this book..well a oral report and the proble m s that I didn’t read the last two or three chapters so I need to know the end… can anyone help???like quick its due tommarow.

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