Micka and Laurie are two ten year old boys. They’re in the same class at school and are friends, of a sort. They both have vivid imaginations, and Laurie’s plans involve finding a magical bone and using it for murder. Micka lives with his mum (who can’t read and is often drunk) and his two older brothers who get into fights, are involved in crime, and who abuse Micka physically and sexually. Laurie lives with his parents, until they suddenly break up, and he is left with his mum who seems to be having a breakdown. The book is told from the point of view of the two boys, and so as we see how their own lives are falling apart, sympathising with them, we also read with horror their own descent into violence.
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