Meet ten-year-old Bones, whose playground is the Florida swamps, brimming with mystical witches, black bears, alligators and bobcats. Bonesâ father, Nolay, a Miccosukee Indian, is smart and mischievous. Her Mama, practical as corn bread, can see straight into Bonesâ soul.
Itâs summer, and Bones is busy hunting and fishing with her best friend, Little Man. But then two Yankee real estate agents trespass on her familyâs land, and Nolay scares them off with his gun. When a storm blows in and Bones and Little Man uncover something horrible at the edge of the Loo-chee swamp, the evidence of foul play points to Nolay. The only person that can help Nolay is Sheriff LeRoy, whoâs as slow as pond water. Bones is determined to take matters into her own hands. If it takes a miracle, then a miracle is what she will deliver.
Praise for Precious Bones:
ââ¦a tale that will already hold high interest for nature-loving readers longing for their own wild playgrounds.ââThe Center for Childrenâs Books
âThe names of the characters alone make this a novel worth reading. How can you resist Bones, Little Man, Nolay, Soap Sally and Mr. Speed?!? Each character is as distinctive as the name they carry and the adventures they have.ââRandom Acts of Reading
âPrecious Bones is a novel filled with adventure and mystery, as well as fascinating glimpses of its distinctive setting.ââKevin Delecki, BookPage
âI wonât be the last person to compare Mika Ashley-Hollingerâs amazing debut novel, Precious Bones to Harper Leeâs iconic To Kill A Mockingbird.ââMindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink
âAn intriguing debut, written lovingly to a way of life now lost.ââBooklist
âItâs a rich stew, including hearty dollops of mystery and suspense.ââThe Horn Book
âHer voice is strong and lyrical, mixing regional syntax and dialect with lovely descriptions of the beauty she sees as she hunts, fishes, observes and explores in this mystical place.ââKirkus Reviews
âLike an age-appropriate To Kill a Mockingbird, itâs Bonesâs interactions with well-developed, often-eccentric characters that shape this story.ââMahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
âMika Ashley-Hollingerâs debut book is full of suspense and surpriseâ¦I love Bonesâ easy-going nature and adventurous spirit. Sheâs ready to rush off into battle to defend herself and those she loves, no matter the dangers. And I want her pet raccoon, too! ââJack and Jill Magazine
About the Author
Mika Ashley-Hollinger was born and raised in the small community of Florida. PRECIOUS BONES is written in tribute of a time and a way of life that no longer exist.