Rule of the Bone

Rule of the Bone

A Novel

eBook - 1995
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When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."

He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1995
ISBN: 9780062123190
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

Possibly one of the best coming-of-age stories ever written, Rule of the Bone follows the life of Chappie, a young homeless teenager growing up in upstate New York worried about his developing 'criminal mentality'. He meets a father figure and mentor in I-Man, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica in America and proceeds to follow him to Jamaica where life really gets out of hand. An amazing adventure.

JasmineAurora Jul 20, 2012

I did not enjoy this book very much. I read the Catcher in the Rye immediately after and liked it so much more. So much shenanigans happens and it was unnecessary. I didn't understand Chappie which was the ultimate problem.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My absolute favourite book of all time.

Mar 03, 2012

For anyone who was disappointed by The Catcher in the Rye, this book will make up for those wasted hours of your life that you will never get back. It alternates between the banal life of a disaffected troubled teenager, and an almost fable-like tale that is very satisfying.

Oct 13, 2009

My favourite book of all time. I've read it about 4 times since I discovered it a few months ago, and I am reading it again. I LOVE THSI BOOK ISAFOASHFOASHFOIHASHFIOASIHOF

Sep 22, 2009

amazing book


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blue_wolf_2277 Jul 05, 2013

Coarse Language: F-word a-word

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Life is great,but not when you mess up.


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