Short-listed for the 2009 Silver Birch Award, commended for the
2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens Due to circumstances beyond
her control, 12-year-old Peggy Henderson has to move to the quiet
town of Crescent Beach, British Columbia, to live with her aunt and
uncle. Without a father and separated from her mother, who's
looking for work, Peggy feels her unhappiness increasing until the
day she and her uncle start digging a pond in the backyard and she
realizes the rock she's been trying to pry from the ground is
really a human skull. Peggy eventually learns that her home and the
entire seaside town were built on top of a 5000-year-old Coast
Salish fishing village. With the help of an elderly archaeologist,
a woman named Eddy, Peggy comes to know the ancient storyteller
buried in her yard in a way that few others can -- by reading the
bones. As life with her aunt becomes more and more unbearable,
Peggy looks to the old Salish man from the past for help and
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