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The Bonemender
By author: Holly Bennett
Selling Points: "Healing, heritage, war"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Lexile Level: 860
Pages: 208
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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The man stared at her and his brow cleared. He smiled with a kind of wonderment. "You're a healer." A statement, not a question. "I never hoped to find such a one in a place like this."

Gabrielle is a bonemender of extraordinary talent. Between her work as a healer and her duties as one of the royal family of Verdeau, her life is busy, comfortable and predictable—until the day a stranger arrives at her gate, desperately seeking help for his injured friend. To Gabrielle's wonder, they are Elves, a people not seen in Verdeau in many years. And they bring news of a coming invasion that threatens the freedom of the entire Krylian basin, human and Elvish alike.

As Verdeau arms for war, Gabrielle must mobilize the bonemenders and prepare herself for the nightmarish work of battlefield healing. But what awaits her on that bloody field is worse than anything she has imagined. And what is she to do with the love in her heart?

VOYA - December 1, 2005
"Bennett crafts a well-written and engaging first novel with multidimensional characters, sure to be enjoyed by fantasy lovers."
KLIATT - November 1, 2005
"Many twists and surprises to keep readers turning the pages and awaiting the sequel."
by: Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated - October 12, 2005
"This is one compelling book."
"Parent and kid will both be talking about The Bonemender, for sure."
School Library Journal - October 1, 2005
"Bennett has created a new world with people (and elves) who have problems, flaws, and heart. Gabrielle is a wonderfully strong young woman who defies convention as she is not content to simply be a royal princess. Bennett is definitely a fantasy writer to watch."
Deakin Newsletter - October 1, 2005
"Totally engaging, and peopled with interesting and engaging characters, The Bonemender is a strongly told, highly readable, and very enjoyable fantasy."
CM Magazine - September 16, 2005
"A captivating fantasy tale that delivers warm, believable characters who continue to develop throughout the book...Readers will no doubt anxiously await the sequel...Highly Recommended."
Canadian Children's Book News - September 1, 2005
"A truly beautiful story that will stay in your mind well after the last page has been read."
Resource Links - September 1, 2005
"This first novel by Holly Bennett is well-written and fast-paced. It will appeal to teenaged readers who are looking for a good story in the fantasy genre."


White Pine nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2006
IRA Book Award nominee, commended  US  2006
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, commended  US  2006
Tayshas List, commended  US  2007
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
Abraham Lincoln Award nominee, short-listed  US  2008

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