Jane Stretch is only thirteen-years-old but smart as a whip. The bones in her body are bent and twisted like a rope coiled in knots. People make fun of her, throw stones at her and make inappropriate comments but Jane takes it all in stride.
Her mother and father are drunks and her older sister, Agnes isn't the smartest bulb in the pack but they all desert, Jane and each seek out their own futures leaving young, Jane to save herself. She ends up in a rooming house with a doctor and his wife but Mr. Swift is no ordinary doctor.
He hires Jane on as his assistant tending to the girls in the theatres and dance shows who find themselves in the family way and offers his "tincture" as a cure. During one of their runs at the theatre they meet Johnny Treble, and their lives change forever. Both Jane and the good doctor are arrested and are sitting in jail awaiting their trials after Johnny is found dead.
Little Bones was a short book that I read in one sitting, at only 282 pages it was a quick read but not just for the fact of its shortness, but also due to its content. The story was fantastic and I loved the characters. Who couldn't help but love Jane, she was intelligent, lovable, and her politeness would put us all to shame. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end.