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Author: Ventrella, Kim
Gabe was on top of his guardian's roof, trying to rescue her prize chicken and worrying about his dog, Ollie, when the tornado struck, and after that he was dead, though it takes some time for him to realize it; but somehow he is still tied to this world and generally only those who are close to death can actually see him (although there is a bit of a panic when he shows up at his own funeral)--and in that he discovers his new mission in "life:" helping others before they cross over into the light.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 502522
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 76234
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/15/18)
School Library Journal (00/12/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/12/18)
The Hornbook (00/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2018 You see, Bone Hollow isn’t like other places. The world is different here. More . . . wobbly.” This is where Gabe and his constant canine companion, Ollie, go after Gabe dies. While attempting to retrieve his guardian Ms. Cleo’s pet chicken during a tornado, Gabe slipped and fell from the roof. He watches as his small Michigan town mourns his death and readies his body for burial. They finally notice him, but fear what he has become. Cruel neighbor children chase Gabe and Ollie into the woods, where he meets Wynne. She is Death, ferrying the dying to their next destination. But her time as Death is almost over, and Gabe might be the next candidate. Ventrella (Skeleton Tree, 2017) fearlessly tackles the sensitive subject of death for a middle-grade audience, though there are shocking scenes of violence perpetrated against both Gabe and Ollie that will be difficult for any reader. Ultimately, this is a quiet, insightful book, and middle-grade readers should be prepared for the weight of its subject matter. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.