Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella 

I received this book from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Skeleton Tree by Kim Ventrella was a shocking read. I was all settled in for a haunted, creepy middle grade read and the more I read the more real life lessons came alive in a wonderfully arranged story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Stanly finds a finger in the backyard and wants to keep it a secret to win a prize that he hopes will make his Dad come back home. Two days after finding the finger his sister, Miren becomes seriously ill and requires oxygen constantly. Stanly hunts to find answers about his sister’s illness but his mom avoids the question and his dad won’t answer his phone. Soon Stanly and his sister discover if you water the bone it grows. Soon his finger find has become a skeleton. Only every time Stanly tries to take a picture to enter the archaeological contest all he ever captures is a white blur. Then on Miren’s birthday just when the party is about to start the skeleton disappears and Stanly gives up all hope on entering the contest. But Stanly finds the skeleton in his sister’s room and us able to submit his photo for the contest. Soon after though Stanley finds out the skeleton may be the grim reaper and thinks he is trying to take his sister. Then one day Stanly comes home from school to find his sister almost dead. He quickly calls 911. His sister is rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, but the doctors can not figure out why her lungs keep failing her. Stanly is sure it is the skeleton’s fault his sister is sick. Stanly attacks the skeleton trying to protect Miren, but it only upsets her. Stanly learns that no matter how hard he tries nothing will ever be the same again and the ones he loves will always be there for him. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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