A beautifully told urban family drama for readers aged 12+
Enter the world of an East London boxing club with The Bones of Me by Kel Duckhouse, plus enjoy an accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in November 2022.
“This thrilling, lyrical, original book switches between verse and prose. It stars a loyal and ambitious lead character who we were rooting for from the very start. Molly is gutsy with a strong sense of justice and represents everything that is good about her generation.”~Sarah
About the book
Living on an East London council estate has its worries - and life for 15-year-old Molly hasn't always been easy. But she has a dream to be a boxer just like her older brother Denny. When he agrees to train her, she couldn't be more excited. But one night everything changes. There's an assault outside the boxing club, Denny's nowhere to be found and the police are after him. Molly must prove her brother's innocence and delve into the underbelly of East London, and her family history, where new and old secrets are revealed...
About the author
Kel Duckhouse was born in Leytonstone in London. She currently lives with her three children in Wiltshire, where she works as an author, poet and spoken word artist.
About the activity pack
It includes stickers, an exclusive bookmark, postcard, book club-style questions to ponder and a welcome note from Kel Duckhouse. There’s also a Cockney rhyming slang word puzzle and a recipe for traditional pie and mash, alongside jokes and further reading recommendations.
Packing & postage
- Price includes UK P&P.
- Activity packs are a handy A5 size and printed on uncoated paper which is fully recyclable.
- Our packs are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve and sent out in a cardboard book wrap – we would be so grateful if you could recycle both.
About Parrot Street Book Club subscriptions
We are a monthly book subscription by post for children aged 5 to 14, focused on helping families discover new and different chapter books.
This title was sent to subscribers in the Macaw reading group, aged roughly 12 to 14, who need books that feel grown-up but aren’t quite ready for all young adult books.