The Road of Bones
By Anne Fine
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374363161, 224pp.)
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
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In school, Yuri is taught that the revolution liberated his country. He learns how the new leaders are always working for the greater good. But the truth is that life for his family and those around him is a brutal, poverty-stricken struggle. The government does nothing except punish those who protest. And one day, to his shock and horror, Yuri himself is branded an “enemy of the state” simply for dropping a few careless words.
In an author’s note, Anne Fine describes The Road of Bones as an adventure-escape story set in “a sort-of Russia, in a sort-of 1930s, under a Stalin-type leader.” This chilling political thriller follows the frantic footsteps of a teenager on the run, a criminal who hasn’t committed a crime, a young man on a path to discovering the truth about how far he will go in order to survive.
ANNE FINE has written over forty books, including Madame Doubtfire—the basis for the film Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams. She lives in County Durham, England, and was named the Children’s Laureate of her country from 2001 to 2003.
"Succeeds brilliantly on three levels: The crushing atmosphere of Stalinist Russia is brilliantly evoked; Yuri is a memorable character who retains his humanity in the face of all that was inhumane; and political ideas are made palpable as Yuri and other characters reflect upon their conditions." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews The author of Madame Doubtfire turns to grittier, more political subject matter as she traces the circular route of revolution and its devastating effects on her protagonist. . . . Dark and thought-provoking." —Publishers Weekly "Fine . . . does portray a desolation, cold, hunger and hardship that vividly bring the story to life." —School Library Journal "Fine's no-holds-barred account will spark fiery discussion." —Booklist
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