Skeleton Tree

Skeleton Tree When Stanley Stanwright finds a bone poking out of the earth in his back garden he is determined to take a picture of it and send it to the Young Discoverer s Competition thinking it will help bring

  • Title: Skeleton Tree
  • Author: Kim Ventrella
  • ISBN: 9781338042702
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Stanley Stanwright finds a bone poking out of the earth in his back garden, he is determined to take a picture of it and send it to the Young Discoverer s Competition, thinking it will help bring his dad back home But the bone begins to grow, reaching up out of the ground until it turns into a skeleton a skeleton with an unusual interest in his unwell younger sist When Stanley Stanwright finds a bone poking out of the earth in his back garden, he is determined to take a picture of it and send it to the Young Discoverer s Competition, thinking it will help bring his dad back home But the bone begins to grow, reaching up out of the ground until it turns into a skeleton a skeleton with an unusual interest in his unwell younger sister Miren.As time wears on, Miren s condition worsens, and the only time she is truly at peace is when she is playing with the skeleton But Stanley is wary of him, especially when he finally manages to get a picture, and spots a scythe at the skeleton s feet.A whimsical, heartfelt story about a boy who finds a friend in Death with the help of an unusual tree growing in his back garden With black line illustrations throughout by Victoria Assanelli.

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    1. Yeah, I'm bawling Holy crap this book was so beautiful and heartbreaking. It may be a children's book but it's definitely a book that can be enjoyed by adults and teens too, in my opinion. The best thing about the book is the fact that it's told from a 12 year old's point of view. Ventrella really did a fantastic job with Stanley, he really sounded like a naïve 12 year old boy who was losing his innocence because of situations he couldn't understand at the beginning. It sort of reminded me of A [...]

    2. I was lucky enough to get to read an early version of THE SKELETON TREE and I was immediately charmed by this beautiful, amazing story. Kim Ventrella is a talented writer who created an extraordinary novel. I'm looking forward to more great things from her. Highly recommended!

    3. "The ones you hold dear never leave you." Just one of the many lines in this beautiful debut novel that will stick with me. Kim Venttrella has written a story about care, loss, family, and mysterious forces that connect it all. She has developed strong characters to help us learn deep lessons, and reflect up our lives and our relationships with others.I cannot wait for others to read this novel this fall.

    4. I was intrigued about the premise of a boy finding a finger bone in his backyard, and got a lot more in this bittersweet story about love and loss. I enjoyed it, but in a heart wrenching way. I highly recommend this for upper elementary/middle school readers and anyone who loves a quirky story with heart.

    5. I was incredibly privileged to read an early version of The Skeleton Tree, and all I can say is: this is middle grade writing at its best. Warm, heartfelt - it had me choking back tears. Truly a gorgeous, unique book. I urge everyone to put this on their TBR pile for 2017.

    6. I enjoyed this although with a theme of death you try not to get too attached. The brother 12 yr old Stanly is the main character and his little sister, Miren is ill. The Mother works hard and Ms Francine looks after them as their Dad went to work somewhere else and has not been heard of for 10 months.A bone finger gets Stanly's attention, it seems to move. Over the week he brings his friend over to see and they try to document the skeleton uncovering itself for a competition, where Stanly is su [...]

    7. My heart - what a beautiful novel. Stanly has many challenges - a sick younger sister, a MIA father, strange bones protruding from the ground underneath a tree in the back yard, and a stressed and unhappy mother. But all is not what it appears to be. this story took my heart from page one and kept it right through the end. A beautiful story that could easily become a classic!

    8. Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my ownKim Ventrella has shared a beautiful story as her debut novel. This story follows Stanley, his very sick sister, Miren, and their discovery of a skeleton growing in the backyard. This book was captivating, intriguing, mysterious and absolutely heartbreaking. It tackles the issues of death, loss, fear and acceptance all in a very unique way. My eyes definitely got watery towards the end [...]

    9. Travel a bumpy road with twelve-year-old Stanly. You’ll meet a little sister who is sick, an over-worked mother, a nanny from the old country, a friend with OCD, and a chomping zombie inside his head. You’ll even encounter a skeleton that grows bigger and bigger in the backyard. It’s a trip worth taking, but you may not get to the end of the journey unscathed.

    10. I was excited for this book the moment I read the description, but I had no idea how amazing it would be. Nor how heartbreaking. I simply adored the characters and the imagery. Ventrella does a fantastic job of painting vivid scenes with her words. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone, but especially for any children who are dealing with loss. Phenomenal.

    11. Copy provided by Young Adult Books CentralStanly's life is difficult-- his father has moved out, and his mother is trying hard to make ends meet as a clerk at Walgreen's. Stanly and his sister Miren are fortunate to have Ms. Francine, who is from Kyrgyzstan, babysit for them. Miren has been very ill with some sort of respiratory problem. One day, Stanly finds a bone growing in the yard. It looks suspiciously like a skeleton, and as the days pass, the bone does grow into a full skeleton that Mire [...]

    12. I think 3.5 stars. I wasn't really sure what I expected going into this, but the death aspect was a surprise. When Princy is first described looking like the Grim Reaper I was actually shocked and left wondering what kind of children's book I was reading!Stanly - the spelling of that irked me so much, as well as the fact that his last name is Stanwright. So he's Stanly Stanwright, something I feel like editors could have caught and maybe changed? But anyway. For the most part he was a good broth [...]

    13. Note: ARC received via Vine.I had to think long and hard about Skeleton Tree, but after talking over the issues with a trusted friend, I have opted to tell you to avoid this book. Ventrella's writing, from a technical standpoint, is totally on point for the target age group. Her constructions make the book flow very well and make this a quick adult read while also being something the middle grade crowd can devour. ButThe issue I have is the issues the book deals with and the way they are handle [...]

    14. Thank you @kidlitexchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I wasn't expecting this book. Somehow I thought it was going to be a spooky, light read. Kim Ventrella explores much deeper themes than a Halloween scare. Stanly Stanwright finds a finger bone in his backyard, pointing straight up. This is his opportunity to make a great discovery. A discovery that will win the Young Explorers award and impress his absent father to return to their family. Though there is something [...]

    15. There is a skeleton growing in Stanly's backyard, like a tree. At first, Stanly thinks it's cool. So does his little sister, Miren, who gets to spend lots of time with the skeleton, since she's often home sick from school.But the more time Miren spends with the skeleton, the sicker she gets, and Stanly just knows the skeleton’s to blame. But how do you stop a skeleton?SKELETON TREE is equal parts creepy and gorgeous and emotional. Reading it feels sort of like walking through a beautiful grave [...]

    16. I received this book from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella was a shocking read. I was all settled in for a haunted, creepy middle grade read and the more I read the more real life lessons came alive in a wonderfully arranged story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Stanly finds a finger in the backyard and wants to keep it a secret to win a prize that he hopes will make his Dad come back home. Two days after finding the finger hi [...]

    17. Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this middle grade book. All opinions are my own. If you are looking for a spooky Halloween story for your kiddos, this is not the book for you. Stanly Stanwright is amazed and a bit scared when he finds a bone sticking out of the ground in his backyard. What’s more disturbing is that the bone seems to be growing up from into a skeleton! Stanley is determined to get a picture of the growing skeleton so he can enter it into a contes [...]

    18. Stanly Stanwright finds a bone in his garden, needing a photo for a competition he takes a shot of it, only for the bone to change to point at him when he later looks back at the shot and later disappear completely!He has a sister called Miren who is seven and ill with bad lungs and she relies a lot on the use of an oxygen tank. As well as his friend, Jaxon having OCD which Stanly handles both situations for each person really well, caring for his sister and also joining in and being patient wit [...]

    19. This is such a beautiful, bittersweet story. It's a thoughtful, well-written exploration of loss that's perfect for a middle grade audience. Highly recommend!

    20. Stanly Stanwright finds a bone poking out of the dirt in his backyard. This in-itself might seem odd, but this is no ordinary bone. This bone becomes fingers, and then a hand, and then over a few days there is a full skeleton in Stanly’s backyard. Want makes this even more odd is that only kids and an occasional adult can see the skeleton. Stanley only tells his best friend Jaxon and his sister Miren about the skeleton, but Ms. Francine, who often watches Stanly and Miren when their mother is [...]

    21. Here is a book that completely caught me off guard. I started the book expecting one thing, but ended up on an emotional journey that I wasn't expecting in the slightest.Stanley has a difficult life. His dad has left, his sister is seriously ill and his mum is always at work. All he wants is his family back. Then one day a skeleton begins to grow in the back garden. Day by day, it grows and Stanley sees his chance. If he can bag the perfect picture of the skeleton, he could win the Young Discove [...]

    22. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella‘Miren and Stanley poured bucket after bucket of water onto the skeleton and waited. By eleven, it had grown two more inches. Now, whenever the wind brushed past, the bones made a sound like branches rattling on a dead tree. Maybe it was a tree, like Ms Francine said. Only this one was made of bone instead of wood.’It has been a long time since I have cried while reading a book. Yes, this one is a definite tear-jerker. I struggled to get through the last few pag [...]

    23. Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella is a story mostly about loss. Main character Stanly lives with his mother, and his younger sister, Miren. Dad, a lawyer, left the family and is now living in California. Since mom works often, Stanly and his younger sister are usually joined by their babysitter, Ms. Francine, an older, mysterious, Kyrgyzstani woman. The story opens with Stanly finding a finger bone i [...]

    24. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A beautifully written book about death and loss, but perhaps too hard-hitting for the target audience?I'm a great believer in introducing children to death at a fairly early age. After all, it's a natural part of life, and I think it can be harmful to make it a taboo, as it then becomes something to be scared of.With that in mind, I commend this book for addressing the subject of death in such a frank, uncompromising [...]

    25. I received an ARC of this book, and I was excited to read it because of good reviews I'd read. I'm really surprised by the reviews, because I would not recommend or purchase this book. The writing is fine, and the pacing is good; I definitely think this author has ability and potential, and I'd give her next book a chance. But the magical realism here simply did not work for me. Unlike, say, Skellig in Skellig, or the Monster in A Monster Calls, I just didn't really see/feel the psychological co [...]

    26. My ThoughtsI like to think that stories are where our imaginations take us when they are off the leash and Kim Ventrella’s was definitely running free with this one. The concept of a skeleton growing in your garden is fantastic and there are so many places a writer could go from this starting point. Ventrella seemed to know exactly where she was headed and holds tight to the story line giving us a rocketing read from the very first page.The StoryThe reader is immediately inside the head of Sta [...]

    27. Ventrella, Kim Skeleton Tree, 240 pages. Press, 2017. $17. Language: G (2 swears); Mature Content: G (discusses death and grief); Violence: GStanly knows that something is wrong with his little sister, Miren, but his mother is sure that she will get better. When Stanly discovers a bone growing in his backyard, especially when he sees it growing and growing, he thinks this may be his ticket to winning the Young Discoverer’s Competition and getting his absent father’s attention. But Miren is [...]

    28. First, I must admit I was charmed by the creepy and original premise of a skeleton growing in Stanly and Miren's backyard. (Without giving too much away, the skeleton is in fact much more than that and works to make this story very different from anything you have ever read). The language of this book is gorgeous, the story at times strange (in all the right ways), and haunting in its beauty. Both brother and sister alike feel extremely real.Skeleton Tree is one of those books I wish I also got [...]

    29. Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Stanly Stanwright has a lot going on in his life for a young boy. His dad is gone, his mom is overworked, his sister, Miren, is sick, and now there’s a skeleton growing in his yard. Stanly’s best friend, Jaxon, and their caretaker, Ms. Francine, are there for him throughout this strange time in his life. As the skeleton starts to grow, Stanly realizes that it’s the key to helping him win the Yo [...]

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