A thoughtful and delightfully odd allegory about friendship, bravery, and not fearing death, Bone Hollow is nice spin on a typical zombie story. Gabe and Wynne subvert the typically ghoulish take on the undead because they are loving, kind, and just people. I loved the graceful personification of death, and the mix of unexpected ghostly sci-fi elements, Wynne’s lyrical mysticism, and light small-town details about chickens and stinky homemade toe gel. The relationship between Gabe and his dog is key to this story, and so this book will appeal to fans of books like Because of Winn-Dixie, and also canine fantasy like the Survivors series. Recommended By Ariel K., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Skeleton Tree author Kim Ventrella returns with the wisest, FUNNIEST, and most profound middle-grade adventure you'll read in this life--or any other.
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. He feels fine So why does everyone scream in terror when he shows up to his own funeral?
Gabe flees with his dog, Ollie, the only creature who doesn't tremble at the sight of him. So when a mysterious girl named Wynne offers to let Gabe stay at her cozy house in a misty clearing, he gratefully accepts. Yet Wynne disappears from Bone Hollow for long stretches of time, and when a suspicious Gabe follows her, he makes a mind-blowing discovery. Wynne is Death and has been for thousands of years. Even more shocking . . . she's convinced that Gabe is destined to replace her.