Margaret Rose Kane, Connor Kane's older half-sister in Silent to the Bone
, tells the story of the summer she was twelve. Her story begins at Camp Talequa, where her behavior has been downgraded from uncooperative to incorrigible. It's true that when she's asked to take a nature walk or go tubing on the lake, Margaret says, "I prefer not to." But it's equally true that her cabin mates are making her life miserable. By making her the butt of their cruel pranks, by giving her a nasty nickname, by joining in a mean conspiracy, they have mounted an assault on her integrity. Fortunately, before they can destroy her, she's rescued by her great-uncles, Alexander and Morris Rose.
It's not until Margaret is security returned to the safe haven of their home at 19 Schuyler Place that she learns that her uncles, too, are in need of rescue. For the last forty-five years, the Uncles have been building three giant towers from scrap metal and shards of glass and porcelain in their backyard. But now, bowing to pressures from some powerful homeowners, the towers have been declared a blight on the neighborhood. Even worse, the city council has voted to have them destroyed. Margaret Rose is outraged. She knows the towers for what they truly are: irreplaceable works of art. To Margaret, the towers sing. They sing of the joy of making something big and beautiful out of bits and pieces, of integrity, and perhaps most important of all, they sing of history. And Margaret Rose is determined to make sure they always will.
Original title: Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult