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Danny's dad takes a job as caretaker at a marina on the shore of a vast, frozen lake in Harvest Cove, a tiny town tucked away in Canada's Big Empty. If you're looking for somewhere to hide, this is it.

It's the worst winter in years. One night, running in the dark, Danny is attacked by a creature so strange and terrifying he tries to convince himself he w
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Bonechiller was a quick, but satisfying read. Our protagonist is a young man who is still dealing with the death of his mother from brain cancer. He was very close to her, and her death has sent him and his father on the run, from place to place, to escape the grief of her passing. Lately they have landed in an small town in Canada, in the deep of arctic winter. He befriends fellow travelers, military brats, Pike, Howie, and Ash. Pike and Howie are two brothers named after weapons (Howie being s ...more
somewhere under the rage, there's something human. barely.

sometimes you read a book that's engaging and creepy and well-written but it's just... missing something, you know? this book was definitely one of those books for me. the creature was creepy and the setting was chilling - no pun intended, but i felt like there was all of this wonderful build up and then it would just drop off into stupid shit for a few chapters, (view spoiler)
Jul 27, 2010 A.E. rated it really liked it
Review by Jake Kirk

Bonechiller is freaky... in an awesome way. The book is much like a horror movie but avoids all of the cliches.

Our protagonist, Danny, is a regular guy with a troubled past. His father keeps moving him from town to town attempting to escape their nightmare by moving further away from society.

One night, while walking home he's assaulted by a hideous beast that "stings" him, but then leaves him for no reason. He soon finds out that his situation is more dangerous and the stakes
Jane Stewart
It kept my interest.

I really liked Acceleration by this author so I wanted to try another of his books and bought this. It was not as good. But I think teenagers will like it better than I. It’s about a group of teenagers in Canada. Two boys get bit by a demon and their bodies start changing. Their friends help.

The best part was the personality Ash. She competed in female boxing matches. She and Danny are on the way to becoming a couple - not there yet. She says things like lets race, if you win
Jul 07, 2010 kari rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
This is a weak 3 stars, could be given a two, but I did just like it so I'm giving it a three. The characters are interesting and the story is definitely scary, but for some reason it didn't really grab me, didn't want me to keep reading to find out what happens. I didn't get that feeling of not being able to put it down, which was missing.
The reason I didn't love it is that the killing creature isn't ever really identified, what it is, does it capture the souls of the teenagers it takes or are
Dec 25, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Terrifically creepy! McNamee's chilling tale of the mysterious icy monster grabbed me from the first page. The ancient Bonechiller has stalked the little town of Harvest Cove for centuries and now it is after Danny and his friend Howie but who will believe them? The vast Canadian wilderness is almost a character here and the cold came right out of the pages as I read. This a wild ride, literally, with snowmobile chases, cracking ice, massive explosions and four great teen characters, including a ...more
Myra Sullivan
Jan 16, 2011 Myra Sullivan rated it liked it
Danny and his father live in Harvest Cove, Canada- otherwise known as the-ghost-town-located-in-the-middle-of-nowhere. The winters in Harvest Cove are brutal, leaving Danny and his friends with little to do in terms of recreation apart from drive around aimlessly and get home before dark. And it's imperative that they get home before dark...because dark is when something much more sinister comes out to play.

It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away. I wasn't entirely sure
Feb 18, 2009 Lucy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of E.E. Richardson's Devil's Footsteps, teen horror novels
Danny and his father have been running since his mother died. They're running from memories, from connecting too hard with people. Danny's been in three schools in two years when they settle in to spend the winter in the tiny Canadian town of Haven Cove.

But Haven Cove is hiding more than just snow and ice. There's a terrible beast stalking the town, a beast that has been devouring Haven Cove's youth for as long as history can remember. Now, it's marked Danny and his friends as its next victims.
Oct 14, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kate by: YALSA listserv
I heard about this book on a YALSA listserv discussion of scary YA books. When I read that this book might involve some kind of wendigo-type monster, that was enough to convince me (I like werewolves... although this was not a werewolf).

I was a bit concerned when the monster showed up in the few chapters. Usually I expect a horror novel to hold off on revealing the monster until the end (fear of the unknown). But the unknown here was what happened to the main character, Danny, and his friend How
Dec 11, 2014 Shirley rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
It was okay. It's not my kind of genre but it kept my interest.
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was a fun fast-paced scary adventure story. More folklorish than actually horror in my opinion, but nothing wrong with that!

Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, I love creepy forests :)

Characters: Danny is pretty much a typical hero, but not the kind of guy protags who are jerky and arrogant, thus I liked him. In fact, I was actually surprised how much I liked the characters in this book, usually these kinds of books give you cookie-cutter characters who you
Nov 12, 2013 Abhijit rated it really liked it
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Oct 24, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it
Bonechiller is a suspenseful novel about a boy named Danny. He lives in Canada, but he never stays in one town for very long. His mother passed away, so Danny and his father have to live on their own. They go from town to town trying to escape the reality of living without the woman in their family. Danny has made friends in the small town he lives in: Howie, Pike, and Ash. After hanging out with them one night, Danny is jogging home to stay warm in the bitter cold of Canada. While jogging he is ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Suzanne rated it liked it
A strong 7.5/10 on the Peach-worthiness scale. I didn't enjoy it as much as I think teens will. Similar to Acceleration, which won the Peach Award a couple of years back, this book has a lot to draw teen boys. I can see it doing well with the Cirque du Freak fans, many of whom started off as reluctant readers. This story is the sort that might keep them looking for the kinds of books that speak to them. Loads of action and a monster/mutant in this one instead of a serial killer. Still with plent ...more
Aug 18, 2011 3JametriaB rated it really liked it
In my book Bonechiller, by Graham McNamee, there was a boy named Danny. He was the main character. He was a small town boy along with three of his best friends Ash, the girl that he was practically in love with. Maniac Pike is a boy that will do anything that would creep any normal person out, and Howie is the brains of all four.

In Canada on a wintery night Danny was out alone, on his way home. He caught the suspension that something was following him. So he began to run home. The beast that w
I read this book in an effort to read more "boy books." There is a reason I don't read many "boy books"--I just don't like them. They are not for me. This book was not my type of book either. I just wasn't interested in it. I couldn't get a clear picture in my head of what the "monster" looked like, so I had a hard time caring. Also, monster books just aren't my thing. I like a bad guy that's intelligent and twisted. Not just a big hulking thing that tries to eat you.

That being said, I'm sure th
Sep 21, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
This is one of those rare books that I picked up having really no clue as to what it was about. How did it make it to my library checkout pile? I was intrigued by the cover. I wasn't disappointed. Bonechiller is a thrilling, suspenseful read about a boy who struggles to save himself from a seeming inevitable fate. The writing style flows very well and the characters are appealing. Throw in a bit of fantasy and horror, and you've got a book that will keep you turning pages late into the night. I' ...more
Andres Hudson
Oct 23, 2014 Andres Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que libro más adictivo por deoh
Me lo devoré.
Me encanto en el modo que está narrado y como el autor hace que el personaje exprese todo lo que siente. Además que no es un libro tan solo de terror, tambien tiene accion, amor, tristeza y muchas otras cosas que hacen este libro buenisimo.
De principio me encanto la relacion entre el protagonista y sus amigos, se nota que son muy cercanos. La bestia me dio demasiado miedo. Y lo mejor es que cada capitulo te deja más shockeado y con ganas de leer más.

Feb 24, 2009 Sharon rated it liked it
Danny and his father have been moving almost every year since Danny's Mom died. Now they are in Canada, in a cold forgotten town, but Danny is making good friends here. Young people start to disappear and Danny is targeted but gets away. The love of brothers, the loyalty of friends and the beginnings of new love help pull together a crew that is a real match for the enemy that lurks in the ice cave.
Devon Bassett
Sep 18, 2009 Devon Bassett rated it it was amazing
this book is a good book to read if you havent read anything in a while you get caught up in side stories that may distract you from whats actually happening. The story is full of suspense and mystery.So if you want to read a good book its right here.
Taylor Phengsomphone
Jan 22, 2015 Taylor Phengsomphone marked it as to-read
This book is pretty chill...Get it...that joke was good... like this book
Aug 07, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
this book was really good lots of suspense and build up kind of wish there had been more of an explanation of what it was and more of an ending but all around a decent book worth the read
Dakota Whitacre
Sep 21, 2015 Dakota Whitacre rated it it was amazing
This book, let me just say, it was a suspenseful and with a couple cliff hangers. this book will delight anyone that likes horror and mystery.
Oct 29, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Fast-paced and enjoyable.
Nov 03, 2016 Cancertroll rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves monsters and horror
Bonechiller by Graham Mcnamee was a interesting story, the main character being a normal kid named Danny. It takes place in a small town called Harvest Cove. Danny, just like any other kid has a tight knit group of friends. Their names being Pike, Howie, and Ash.
Now for a story labelled Bonechiller, I was expecting, no I was craving, a bone chilling story that haunted me for days. In the end that's exactly what I got. The book did a good play on with a unknown monster creeping around the winte
The novel Bonechiller is about a group of teenagers battling the unthinking creature that lurks the Harvest Cove. Danny Quinn the protagonist in this story along with his friends Ash, Pike, and Howie set out to battle a beast that has almost cost the life of Howie, Pikes older brother. In the beginning of the novel Danny and his father move to Harvest Cove, a vast land on the shores of Lake Simcoe. One night, while Danny was strolling home a black shadow, was caught in the corner of his eyes mov ...more
Rachael Bentley
Feb 11, 2016 Rachael Bentley rated it really liked it
The book Bonechiller by Graham McNamee was published in 2008 by Ember. The novel details the life of Danny; a twelfth grader who has moved to the small town of Harvest Cove with his father in an attempt to escape their tragic past. However, life in the boring town takes a drastic turn for Danny and his friends when they are forced to take a stand against the evil presence that plagues the town from the shadows.

This novel, like most, contained many different elements which were all used to varyi
Joanne Pinder
Oct 17, 2016 Joanne Pinder rated it really liked it
I really like this YA author. Love his characters, especially the strong female one in this novel. Love the dialogue.
Nov 13, 2010 Jacky rated it it was amazing
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Harvest Cove is a tiny, out-of-the-way community trying hard to be a summer cottage location, with not much success, and in the winter the population dwindles. Perfect for Danny and his dad, who are drifting from place to place on the run from the past. His dad takes a temp job as the winter caretaker of the marina, and Danny goes to school with army brats from Base Borden. Pike, loyal but psycho and obsessed with explosives; his anxiety-ridden brother Howie; and Ash, a fierce, half-Ojibwa boxer ...more
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Graham McNamee. Male. Caucasian. 5'10". Brown hair. Brown eyes. Do not approach. Extremely shy.

Author of: HATE YOU, NOTHING WRONG WITH A THREE-LEGGED DOG, SPARKS, and ACCELERATION. HATE YOU was an ALA Best Book for young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick, won the Austrian Children's Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. SPARKS won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellows
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