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(Barkbelly #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  16 reviews
One pale wooden girl stands on the shore of Black Sand Bay, where the sea meets the sky and the wind meets the water. But Snowbone knows that she and her wooden friends can't stay here forever. Something is happening deep within the forest. Something—someone—that must be stopped. Determined to save the Ashenpeakers from a dark destiny, Snowbone leads her gang of wooden tid ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published December 31st 2006)
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Devanshi Gupta
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventures, fantasy, magic
I remeber reading this when I was small. And it had appealed to me at the time.
Pascal Vine
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book touches you, its one of those special once in a library finds. Themes of slavery, death, childhood, motherhood, leadership, gender are all quietly woven into this truly magical book. Its not trying to beat a lesson over your head nor is it trying to draw attention to anything in particular, its just a beautiful adventure for children with deep emotional undercurrents.

Mild story introduction spoilers:
Snowbone in short is about the Ashenpeakers - a species and stroke of genius by author
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
My, oh my, I really enjoyed reading about Snowbone and her group of tiddlins. What is a tiddlins you might ask? A tiddlins is a really young Ashenpeaker. As the young wooden people learn to survive, they also discover that their people are slaves to the humans. And to make things even worse, some humans even cut down the Ashen Trees that the Ashenpeakers transform into when they Move On just for the healing sap pocket that resides in the center of the tree, thereby killing the Ashenpeaker that h ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
As the fire "spate and clawed like a flaming tomcat ... As the temperature rose, the wooden eggs started to move...Deep inside...things beginning to change... Whatever was inside wanted out and nothing was going to stop it." and so begins the life of a little wooden girl named Snowbone, who eagerness for life, exploration, and rightousness begins.

Cat Weatherill's "Snowbone" is an interesting story. It deals with connecting with others, doubts and fears, reasoning and revenge. It is a story of th
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-juvi
I ordered this book after reading its preceding title Barkbelly. What an adventurous tale! I liked this one even better than Barkbelly because of the interesting and diverse cast of characters as they grow, learn, and discover the fantastic world Weatherill created.
Don't be fooled by the illustrations into thinking this is a book for youngsters. Characters are stabbed, burned alive, and more. Some may wish to know that bars and alcohol make appearances, too. I didn't mind any of this but I was
Oct 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
Determined Snowbone leads a band of her fellow Ashenpeakers—a hardy race of wooden people—in a rebellion in order to end years of slavery to humans in this companion to Weatherill’s first novel, Barkbelly. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and loss are abundant in short chapters full of adventure. The Ashenpeakers’ solution to the slavery problem (encouraging slaves to begin the “Moving On” process, which will turn them into trees and render them useless as slaves) may leave some readers feeling un ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this one off the shelf not knowing a thing about it, so when the first few pages contain little rat-carcass-eating wooden babies hatching out of eggs in the middle of a pirate siege, I was a little taken aback. But the story really sucks you in, and the language makes it feel like a a real, old-timey legend. It too bad the illustrations are so useless and stupid. The setting is pre-industrial, but the pictures feature characters sporting jeans and sweater vests curca 1970s.
Captivating! Full of twists and turns! Wonderfully written!

Many probably think this is a children's book, but it deals a lot with slavery, so handle this with your own children when you see fit.

Cat Weatherill is a fantastic storyteller - I bought her three books after seeing her in person. I was so captivated with the companion book, Barkbelly, that I dived right into this one immediately - and finished it the same day. This is a standalone book, however.
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Cat Weatherhill's Barkbelly, which I really enjoyed - what a wonderfully imagined little world she's created. Snowbone takes off from Barkbelly's story by following a minor character introduced in that book. Feels like there's more to come; I wouldn't be surprised if there's another book in this series due soon...
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I's a different yet wonderful book!
It's based on the lives of wooden tiddlins who're made slaves by the people of the other world- i.e. humans.
Cat W. has very precisely mentioned what the efforts and difficulties of a leader.. And also what it MEANS to be one..
I loved it!
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was as adventurous as the first one, and I loved reading it all the way. Hopefully, there's a third book. But if not, then it's ok.
Shivaani Pillay
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
fantastic idea!!!
M.R. Anglin
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, but I couldn't put it down. It was so easy to read and exciting. Loved it.
Kirsti Call
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is lyrical, whimsical and lovely.
Sophie Cairnes
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the book that got me reading for fun in the first place I absolutely loved it I remember reading it in one sitting!!
Michael Ng
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book!
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