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by Mark Edwards

In a September that starts like a hundred Septembers before it, a group of children enroll as freshmen at St. Adalberts High School. But in a September that ends like no other September in history, those children discover that they possess supernatural powers, and that they must use those powers to try to save their school and, ultimately, the world!
Download The Saint's Bones: The Gang - Book One epub
ISBN: 0975570412
ISBN13: 978-0975570418
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: Mark Edwards
Language: English
Publisher: New Classics Pr Llc (October 1, 2005)
Pages: 347 pages
ePUB size: 1205 kb
FB2 size: 1257 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 922
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I read this book on a recommendation from a friend, but I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a book I couldn't put down. Somehow Edwards makes ordinary characters so vivid you would swear you have met them, and fantasy characters so real you can forget it is fiction. Some of the situations are so humerous, I was laughing out loud with tears coming down my face. This book is more than a kids novel. In fact, it is the first book my wife and I have fought over who gets to read the next chapter first. Well worth a second copy. It's really that good!
The Saint's Bones was such a great read, I tentatively recommended it to my oh-so-sophisticated freshman who read it cover-to-cover overnight! He is currently using it for a comic strip book report in his class, so I'm sure it will be making the rounds. I found the visual descriptions so vivid, I had to put it down once in awhile to catch my breath!
When I leafed through this book quickly, I noted with dismay the incredibly obsequious behavior of the teenage characters.

I was graduated from high school 42 years ago, and even when I was in school, I never heard a pupil say "Yes, sir," or "No, sir," to a teacher. Furthermore, even in those distant days, when a pupil caught a teacher in an error, he was more likely to point it out with relish than with compunction. I cannot believe that teenagers today would show to their teachers the kind of deference that the characters in this novel show.

An ignorant history teacher, one of the novel's "villains," bullies a student who contradicts his errors. The teenagers whom I've enountered would be more likely to call this fool by derogatory names than to call him "sir," and their parents would probably demand that he apologize to the class for his numerous errors as well as for his bullying.

Similarly, the principal--a nun--orders a group of students to read in silence and says that anyone among them who talks will be compelled to clean the bathrooms in the school for a month. If a nun ordered real teenagers to clean bathrooms, a few of the more polite ones might say, "In your dreams..." Most would be less tactful. None, I can assure you, would say "Yes, sister."

Young readers are reported to love this novel. I cannot imagine why. How can flesh-and-blood teenagers really relate to teenage characters who behave so obsequiously toward paper "authority figures"? I am sure that by now most kids have figured out that their teachers are paid to work for them, and not vice versa.