This book was action packed and definitely a very good book for people who are into survival. It has been awhile since I have enjoyed an adventure story this much. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella is told from the 12-year-old Stanly Stanwright’s point of view. I deeply objected to the behavior of the grizzly bear in the story, basically hunting down Chris. Refresh and try again. Chris and Frank are stranded somewhere in Alaska, trying to survive. When she does get sick, it's always rides to the emergency room. 978-0-385-90395-0 $19.99 g e-book ed. Soon his finger find has become a skeleton. 80 bones segregated into three major regions: Skull Vertebral column Thoracic cage. However, as others have pointed out, much of the survival theme and urgency gets lost in other elements in the story. As an adult, I still love to read books aimed for young kids; brilliant writing does not have an age! Unfortunately, their boat sinks and they lose Jack. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When they hit a storm, the boat sinks, Jack is killed, and Chris and Frank find themselves stranded on the coast of Alaska without any provisions or means to contact help. All opinions are my own. Poof! This is not a typical survival tale, and fans of Hatchet may be disappointed, as the boys grow very little as survivalists and there is less adventure. I thought it was going to be a spook-tastic romp through a good old ghost story, but man was I wrong. The sailboat capsizes in a storm and the boys are washed ashore in remote wilderness. While this book didn't have the gravitas that I crave in middle grade books (. Suddenly, they've got to find a way to forage, fish and scavenge supplies from the shore. Product Number: BX00040455. January 5th 2016 I thought the flow of the story was choppy at times which disrupted my ability to fully visualize the story. Then one day Stanly comes home from school to find his sister almost dead. The author sometimes does cute things, like making Princy entertain Miren, but then gives the skeleton a scythe and a hood?? Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Over all the imagery was really great and ended on a poignant and bittersweet note. 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. What about doctor check-ups!? In truth I had difficulty connecting with the main characters, Chris and Frank. The skeleton tree and a bear that seems to stalk the characters give the story a dark and foreboding tone. Through the story, These two people need to learn how to survive the wilderness and survive each other. But cancer is not something that pops up and claims a life in the span of a month. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Product Number: C03978. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. This will go on my list as a fantastic middle school choice. If you are in to survival stories this is definitely a book for you! Suddenly, they've got to forage, fish, and scavenge the shore for supplies. A staggering debut that will forever change the way you think about life, hope, death . I selected this book as one of my classroom book club picks, but don't think I'll be using it next year. 8+ Release Date. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella was a shocking read. Highly recommended! A Junior Library Guild Selection Less than forty-eight hours after twelve-year-old Chris sets off on a sailing trip down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook :) Download PDF: Skeleton Tree Discussion Guide Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs, including children’s librarian, scare actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor and overnight staff person at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author. "Live the life you have, because one day. Lots to discuss in terms of getting along with a someone you don't like but have to be around, of being more than you thought you could be, and the power of friendships in unlikely places. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Objectively about a 2, (a miserly 1.3, and a generous 2.7) so I'll give it somewhere around a 2.4 .... just because somehow I liked it, even though it dragged along (i'm particularly averse to slow books, especially if I think that its unnecessary). The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Two boys (Chris, 12 yr. and Frank 16 yr.) are left stranded in the wilderness after a freak sailing accident. See all 5 questions about The Skeleton Tree…, 2017 Maine Student Book Award Nominees (Grade 6-8), Middle Grade & YA Wilderness/Survival Stories, The Skeleton Tree / Iain Lawrence. Both boys are personally suffering as Chris has just lost his father to an automobile accident and Frank has been pretty hurt by an absent father and an alcoholic mother. Chris’ excitement is curtailed somewhat when he finds out that they are sharing the adventure with Frank a sullen sarcastic 15-year-old who Chris has never met. I read all of Iain Lawrence's books with interest. The Skeleton Tree (Book) : Lawrence, Iain : Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. Sweet read that will stick with me on Twitter, Instagram or:! 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