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Bone is an epic adventure in which the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone find themselves lost in a mysterious forest valley. The first few episodes are weird and silly: Fone Bone falls in love with a girl called Thorn, and Phoney and Smiley try to cheat the villagers in a cow race. But soon you learn that everything is not all fun and games. There’s something important about the dragon that Fone keeps seeing. Thorn has a secret past. Giant rat creatures have started to attack the village. And an ancient evil is awakening.
This book hits you hard with “next page syndrome”: you think you are finished reading for the day, but you just have to read one more page…then another…then another. You want to know the answer to the mystery. You want to see the conclusion of the adventure. You want to know if they get home safe in the end. You want to know if dragons are really real. Although the whole series is quite long, each episode is short enough to read in one sitting.
My two cents: This book is highly recommended! I have divided it into three volumes to make it easier to borrow.