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Bone Talk

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A climactic clutch culminating in a magnificently destructive display of fireworks leaves the Coggin sibs well-positioned for bright futures. Then strangers begin arriving in their isolated village and slowly, they realise that the world is not what they thought it was.

I loved that Gourlay used this book to try and bring more awareness to this period in history, as well as a stark reminder at the end about who provides us with our histories. It begs the question why our current behaviour towards each other is every man for himself, when for thousands of years the community spirit held everyone together. If the publisher hadn't told me that this book was meant for juvenile readers, I wouldn't have known. This coming of age story has a lot to tell, and teach, about identity, honor, subversion, obedience to customs and traditions and the gray areas in between. I learned so much from her story; she opened my eyes to the Bontoc people and their region and has done so with great sensitivity, respect and love.

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.

Candy's first novel for primary school children, Tall Story, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Branford Boase Prize. The cultural exploration within this little gem allows young readers to explore how others lived, happily, without western culture forcing itself on them.I was surprised when this led to children asking questions about Britain’s colonial history in India. Don't get me wrong, there were interesting parts and the characters and intrigue were nice but the story seemed a bit messy like it was telling you lots of things without focusing on one. We are thrilled to welcome author Candy Gourlay into The Reading Realm today to discuss Bone Talk, Shine, and Is It A Mermaid? The Philippines is a volatile place – not just because of politics but because our geography means natural disasters (earthquakes, super storms) are a common occurrence.

A Filipino boy on the verge of manhood in 1899 must face mortal enemies, colonial brutality and his own headstrong, immature self to help save his remote village from annihilation.Now as a brown-skinned immigrant living in London, I still have to contend with strangers who meet me with pre conceived notions of who I should be. Meanwhile Sam's tribe are worried about their own enemies the Mangili - We meet the horrid Americans but nothing comes of the encounter despite it taking up most of the book. Gourlay has built a compellingly believable world of a people in an evocatively depicted world – in this case, it looks to me like the Cordillera’s Igorot people – on the cusp of being drawn into the state as the colonising world arrives with gusto. Apart from your own book, is there another book or author you would recommend to children that you’ve enjoyed recently? This story is set in one of my favourite places in the whole world, against some forgotten history that happened not that long ago.

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