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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. ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Kristin
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I delved into Bone Hollow, my expectations were…low. It is middle grade fiction after all. I was expecting humor and silly characters, and in many ways, there were.

But Bone Hollow is so much more than that.

Bone Hollow is a charming tale about love, friendship, and loss. The plot focuses on Gabe and his untimely death thanks to a chicken rescue mission gone wrong. With his new place in life, he gets a fresh perspective on the people and world around him.

Having lost his parents and “Gramps” a
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Valerie McEnroe
This book is a mixed bag. The beginning hooked me. The ending came too soon. But the stuff in the middle needed something more solid holding it together.

When the book opens Gabe is up on a roof trying to rescue a chicken in the middle of a tornado for his less-than-likable guardian Miss Cleo. Darn interesting way to start a book. Things go black and when he wakes up, everyone is talking about him like he's not there. That's because he is, in fact, dead. Only he's kind of half dead. When he walks
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Gabe is trying to rescue Ms. Cleo's prized chicken from the roof when a hurricane hits and kills him. Since he wakes up and can hear everyone around him, he doesn't quite know that he is dead. His loyal dog, Ollie, remains by his side, but once he starts to roam around and attempt to talk to people, everyone is afraid of him and chases him out of town. Luckily, he meets Wynne, who takes him to Bone Hollow, feeds him, and gets him settled in. It's not easy to be dead but
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bone Hollow by Kim Ventrella, 240 pages. Scholastic, 2019. $18.

Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

After trying to rescue a chicken off the roof during a hurricane, Gabe wakes up in the bed of his less-than-likable guardian Miss Cleo. He has a hole straight through his torso and everyone is talking about him like he’s dead. He’s sure there’s been a mistake, but no, he is in fact deader than a doornail. He runs into the woods wi
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Shana
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would give this 4.5 stars but I rounded up because I’m so happy and excited about this book!! 🌟🌟🌟

A young boy dies fairly early in this middle grade story. He becomes a living ghost - people can see him - and is befriended by Death herself. This is an unusual look at death, with the idea that there is a person who helps some people move from life to death. Death is compassionate and loving. I think it will touch kids who haven’t ever found a home they feel loved in; and comforting as they devel
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Elaine
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: soyamrg
Gabe is killed in a freak accident involving a fierce storm and a weather vane. He wakes up, sort of, and observes people mourning him. At first they don’t see him, but then they do and are terrified. Gabe runs away and eventually lands in Bone Hollow with Wynne, who he slowly realizes is Death, an escort who takes dying people to the light. Similar to the author’s Skeleton Tree, this is light darkness -- touches of whimsy and horror. Both of them push willing suspension of disbelief, but this o ...more
Nita Creekmore
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I give this book ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bone Hollow is a wonderful book full of mystery and suspense! Although Gabe falls off the roof after trying to save a chicken, he feels fine and wonders why everyone who comes in contact with him seems to ignore him. Weird. He flees from where he’s familiar after an incident occurs leaving him confused. Through his wandering, he meets Wynne. Things become even more strange after that! This book is perfect for children ages 9-12 who love mysteries a
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Elizabeth Gray
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great book that really explores dying, how it feels to be left behind, people being fickle, and taking on responsibility. The writing style is neat because the protaganist's voice is a small-town, country dialect that makes you feel like you are right there with him. The writing is consistent and moves along well. There might have been one or two places where it dragged or felt like too much description but overall it was a great read. Maggie really liked it as well.
Sarah Overvaag
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bone Hollow is a refreshingly unique view of Death, and how it is indiscriminate, even of the young. Gabe’s death at a young age is softened only by his dog’s refusal to leave his side. Despite the confusion and terror of Gabe’s one-time friends upon discovering his “undeath”, Gabe is found by a true friend, Wynne, and discovers that his life and death have a grander purpose than he ever imagined. Readers of all ages will be moved by this touching story of life, death, friendship and love.
Jennifer
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful story about seeing the good in people when there doesn’t seem like much good to see. I received an ARC from the publishing company. I enjoyed the story very much. The characters were very well written. Even Ollie, the dog, comes to life off the page. Just like in life, there were some difficult parts of the plot to swallow, but overall, this is a wonderful story.
Chris Coolman
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fic
Brilliant. In the vein of The Graveyard Book, Bone Hollow draws you in and gives you a glimpse of a magical world beyond our understanding. Kim Ventrella has crafted a classic and if it wasn't for the last few chapters I'd have made it through without sobbing like a small child. Now I need to find a copy of Skeleton Tree, after I recover and restock my tissues. I absolutely loved this book.
Dawn
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. I fell in love with Gabe, Ollie and Wynne immediately and was hooked into the story right away. The descriptive vibrant imagery makes Bone Hollow come alive! I want to believe that this is the comforting truth about life and death. Thank you Kim!!
Regina
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad to get the opportunity to read this lovely follow-up book to Skeleton Tree. While not a sequel, Bone Hollow has the same whimsical, mysterious feel to it that made Skeleton Tree so special. Highly recommended!!
3queensread
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner Gabe is killed in a freak accident while trying to save the woman he lives with, Ms. Cleo, prize chicken. She has made Gabe go onto the roof of her during a tornado to save her chicken. Gabe falls and dies but he does not realize he is dead until he is chased out of town by everyone. While in the woods, he meets Wynne who he comes to realize is death. But even death can't live forever. Wynne tells Gabe that he is the one who takes over after she is gone but he doesn't be ...more
Heidi
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been thinking about this book ever since I finished it - it's the kind of story that will stay with you. The main character, Gabe, has tons of voice and personality, and his friendship with his dog is depicted so heartbreakingly well that I loved them both immediately. There are some very serious themes throughout, but mixed with a lot of humor and heart so it never feels too dark. It honestly made me think about death differently, and forgiveness, and sacrifice. And the ending was just per ...more
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Kim Ventrella is the author of the middle grade novels SKELETON TREE and BONE HOLLOW. Her works explore the intersection between darkness, whimsy and wonder. She has held a variety of interesting jobs, including the overnight staff person at a women’s shelter, a French instructor, a Peace Corps Volunteer and a children’s librarian, but her favorite job title is author. She lives in Oklahoma City w ...more
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