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Skeleton tree /

by Ventrella, Kim [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781338042702; 133804270X.Subject(s): Skeleton -- Juvenile fiction | Imaginary companions -- Juvenile fiction | Terminally ill children -- Juvenile fiction | Children -- Death -- Psychological aspects -- Juvenile fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Skeleton -- Fiction | Imaginary playmates -- Fiction | Sick -- Fiction | Death -- Fiction | Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- Family -- Siblings | JUVENILE FICTION -- Legends, Myths, Fables | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Themes -- Death & Dying | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Fantasy fictionSummary: The day twelve-year-old Stanly finds a finger bone growing into a skeleton in his yard everything changes--his seven-year-old sister Miren adopts the skeleton, which only children can see, as a friend and playmate, and as her health continues to deteriorate Stanly blames the skeleton and tries to drive it away, although it is the only thing that seems to give Miren any joy.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Twelve-year-old Stanly knows the bone growing in his yard is a little weird, but that's okay, because now he'll have the perfect photo to submit to the Young Discoverer's Competition. With such a unique find, he's sure to win the grand prize.



But, oddly, the bone doesn't appear in any photos. Even stranger, it seems to be growing into a full skeleton . . . one that only children can see.



There's just one person who doesn't find any of this weird--Stanly's little sister. Mischievous Miren adopts the skeleton as a friend, and soon, the two become inseparable playmates.



When Miren starts to grow sick, Stanly suspects that the skeleton is responsible and does everything in his power to drive the creature away. However, Miren is desperate not to lose her friend, forcing Stanly to question everything he's ever believed about life, love, and the mysterious forces that connect us.

The day twelve-year-old Stanly finds a finger bone growing into a skeleton in his yard everything changes--his seven-year-old sister Miren adopts the skeleton, which only children can see, as a friend and playmate, and as her health continues to deteriorate Stanly blames the skeleton and tries to drive it away, although it is the only thing that seems to give Miren any joy.

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Horn Book Review

Stanlys seven-year-old sister Miren is very sick. His father is gone. His mother spends so much money on doctor bills that luxuries such as an updated computer and the new Skatepark Zombie Death Bash video game are out of the question. Then Stanly spots a finger bone poking up from his familys garden. He takes a picture of the bone and enters it in the Young Discoverers contest, with a $10,000 prize that could help take the pressure off his mom. But the finger bone moves, then grows, and turns into a skeleton. Miren, Stanly, and his friend Jaxon can see it, many adults cannot, and Princy (so named by Miren) doesnt want pictures! Stanlys contest photo is somehow corrupted; Jaxons iPad mysteriously disappears; Miren becomes much sicker, and Stanly is convinced that Princy is to blame. Ventrellas three-dimensional characters with their complicated emotions are what make this story work so well. The exploration of family tragedy and death is likely to evoke discussion and debate; it will appeal to children yearning for a story that speaks the truth about difficult topics in ways that make sense to them. ed spicer (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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