Bone Hollow
Bone Hollow
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Annotation: After he is killed in a tornado, Gabe does not realize at first that he is dead. When he finds himself still with ties to the living, he realizes that his mission in the afterlife is to help others before they cross over into the light.
Catalog Number: #181625
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 226 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-04274-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-04274-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018031375
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
"You see, Bone Hollow isn't like other places. The world is different here. More . . . wobbly." This is where Gabe and his constant canine companion, Ollie, go after Gabe dies. While attempting to retrieve his guardian Ms. Cleo's pet chicken during a tornado, Gabe slipped and fell from the roof. He watches as his small Michigan town mourns his death and readies his body for burial. They finally notice him, but fear what he has become. Cruel neighbor children chase Gabe and Ollie into the woods, where he meets Wynne. She is Death, ferrying the dying to their next destination. But her time as Death is almost over, and Gabe might be the next candidate. Ventrella (Skeleton Tree, 2017) fearlessly tackles the sensitive subject of death for a middle-grade audience, though there are shocking scenes of violence perpetrated against both Gabe and Ollie that will be difficult for any reader. Ultimately, this is a quiet, insightful book, and middle-grade readers should be prepared for the weight of its subject matter.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An orphaned kid with a biography of misfortune must die to see that home and happiness live in the strangest places.Gabe is no stranger to death. His parents are dead. His grandfather is dead. And after an unfortunate encounter with a weather vane, so is he. He thinks it's all a misunderstanding until his uncaring caretaker turns him—and the gaping hole in his abdomen—away. The town echoes her revulsion by revolting against walking-dead Gabe with rocks, fists, and angry cries. His solace in his new, mysterious existence is his unflappably loyal dog and a strange girl (initially resembling an old friend named Niko) who rescues him from the mob. Not-Niko eventually reveals herself as Wynne, a long-dead girl who inherited the role of Death and wants to hand Gabe the baton. It's a fate Gabe refuses—no matter how much he finds himself enjoying the company of Death. Set in the rural South, the novel has syrup-soaked, rich imagery that's a sensory delight. Gabe's voice is distinct, and his countrified vernacular layers heart and humor onto a sensitive premise. And the evolution of his conflict—embracing friendship with Wynne while avoiding the responsibility—reinforces the humanity amid the magic. Gabe is white, as is most of the community. Niko is Bangladeshi (represented only in memory), and Wynne is black; racism is not a driving plot point, but its mention underscores ever present small-minded reality.A heck of a good read about the bright side of some durn bad luck. (Paranormal adventure. 10-12)
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.0 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q76234
Lexile: 850L

Skeleton Tree author Kim Ventrella returns with the wisest, FUNNIEST, and most profound middle-grade adventure you'll read in this life--or any other.

Gabe knows it was foolish to save that chicken. On the roof. In the middle of a storm. Yet Gabe also knows that his guardian, Ms. Cleo, loves the chicken more than him. After falling off the roof, Gabe wakes up to find his neighbors staring at him tearfully. To his confusion, none of them seem to hear Gabe speak. It's almost as if they think he's dead. But Gabe's NOT dead. He feels fine! So why does everyone scream in terror when he shows up to his own funeral?

Gabe flees with his dog, Ollie, the only creature who doesn't tremble at the sight of him. So when a mysterious girl named Wynne offers to let Gabe stay at her cozy house in a misty clearing, he gratefully accepts. Yet Wynne disappears from Bone Hollow for long stretches of time, and when a suspicious Gabe follows her, he makes a mind-blowing discovery. Wynne is Death and has been for thousands of years. Even more shocking . . . she's convinced that Gabe is destined to replace her.


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