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The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane

(2007)
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When an accident leaves teenage cousins Meline and Jocelyn parentless, they come to live with their unknown and eccentric Uncle Marten on his private island. They soon discover that the island has a history as tragic as their own: it was once an air force training camp, led by a mad commander whose crazed plan to train pilots to fly airplanes without instruments sent eleven pilots to their deaths. Jocelyn, Meline, and Uncle Marten are soon joined on this island of wrecked planes and wrecked men by an elderly Austrian housekeeper, a very mysterious butler, a cat, and a dog. But to Jocelyn and Meline, being in a strange new place around strange new people only underscores the fact that the world they once knew has ended.

Told in the alternating voices of four characters dealing with grief in different ways, Polly Horvath's new novel is a rich and complicated story about loss and the possibility - and impossibility - of beginning again.

The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane
Author(s): Polly Horvath
ISBN: 0-374-31553-1 / 978-0-374-31553-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Paperback Editions

September 2007 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane
Author(s): Polly Horvath
ISBN: 0-88899-851-1 / 978-0-88899-851-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane
Author(s): Polly Horvath
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA