Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border

Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border


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Trying to return a rat creature cub to the mountains, Fone & Smiley Bone encounter yet another adversary: the sly and mighty mountain lion, Rock Jaw.

In this fifth volume of the BONE saga, Fone and Smiley Bone strike out into the wilderness to return a lost rat creature cub to the mountains. It doesn't take long before they run smack into Rock Jaw, "Master of the Eastern Border," an enormous mountain lion with a none-too-friendly disposition. Life gets even more complicated when they befriend a group of baby animals who are being orphaned by rat creature attacks. Everything comes to a head in an earth-shattering clash between Rock Jaw and Kingdok, the leader of the rat creatures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439706360
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Bone (Comics) Series , #5
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 72,130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: GN340L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jeff Smith is the creator of the award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling BONE series. He was born and raised in the American Midwest and learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and TV animation. Visit him online at

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Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: next in the series.Time for a change of pace as this book focuses on Fone Bone and Smiley Bone as they go up into the mountains to release the baby rat creature cub that they found in the previous volume. Smiley has become attached to him and named him Bartelby. They meet lots of new & a few old characters and the two stupid rat creatures continue to try and catch them, Roque Ja takes them hostage and the young possums find their trail once again meeting up with a whole group of orphaned animals. Fone and Smiley meet up with every possible bad guy to date on this mini side-expedition bringing lots of excitement and the usual humour. Fone and Smiley are definitely my favourite two characters though I did miss the red dragon's usual cameo.
Savion.Ormond1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fone Bone and Smiley Bone try to return a rat creature cub to the mountains, where they meet yet another adversary: the sly and mighty mountain lion Rock JawI thinks its good because I like alot of adventure books
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in the nine book Bone series by Jeff Smith. This is a good installment in the series and introduces some new characters to the series.This book deals with Fone Bone and Smiley Bone and the rat monster baby that they saved. They encounter a new (large and in charge) character, a giant cougar, named Roque Ja. Of course the Bones take to calling him Rock Jaw which pisses him off. There is much running from bad guys and trying to determine who is one who's side and just how you define good and evil.To be honest this wasn't my favorite installment in this series. You don't get to see Thorn or Gma at all in this book and I missed them. Also I am unsure what the point of all of the orphaned animals joining the group was since they all left at the end of the story. I am assuming this will all tie together somehow...eventually. But the story didn't seem to make much progress.There also were a lot of things I really did like though. Rock Jaw is an awesome new character and his discussion of good and evil is a..uh..good one. This is a discussion we had with my son not too long ago when we were trying to explain (to a four year old) how good and evil kind of depends on perspective. I liked that we also learn more about the history behind the valley.There was a lot of stuff that happened in this installment that was a bit piecemeal. Having not read the rest of the series yet I can only assume it will be significant in future installments. Like in previous installments there are some very funny parts in here and the illustration is spot on like always.Overall I really enjoyed this Bone installment, but I liked it a little bit less than the previous few. I missed Thorn and didn't understand how some of the small things that happened will relate to the rest of the story. I did really enjoy Rock Jaw though and hope we see him in future installments. I am excitedto read the next book, Old Man's Cave, to see how the story progresses.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fone and Smiley Bone set out to return Bartleby the rat cub to the wild, and along the way they meet very cute orphaned animals, the rat creatures who orphaned them, and Roque Ja the mountain lion. There is more information about the Lord of the Locusts and the Dreaming, and the art continues to be fantastic.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Rogue Ja is an interesting character, this volume does not advance the plot very much. We get a little history and a little legend, but other than that we are treated to a round trip where the heroes end up exactly where they started. The confessions of the rat creatures gives us nothing we didn't already know. Still, it is an entertaining ride.Smith's art remains top-notch, but his story lags quite a bit in this middle section. Hopefully it will rise out of this mire as the conclusion draws nearer.