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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.
About the Author
Kim Ventrella spends her days searching for whimsy and wonder, even in the darkest of times. She is the author of Bone Hollow and Skeleton Tree, which Kirkus Reviews called an "emotional roller coaster tempered by a touch of magic." She lives in Oklahoma City, where her favorite activities include writing stories, working at a haunted house, and racing her dog in the rain.
Praise for Skeleton Tree:
"Skeleton Tree is a powerful and tender story. Kim Ventrella knows when to be playful and when to break your heart." -- Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus
"Ventrella's comforting storytelling reveals a magical world where a skeleton can grow and where a family's love for each other can provide healing." -- School Library Journal
"[An] emotional roller coaster tempered by a touch of magic and a resilient, likable protagonist." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Quietly powerful; dark yet whimsical." -- Booklist