Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Skeleton Tree

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review - Skeleton Tree

Skeleton Tree

About the Book
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.

My Take on the Book
This was a unique story that was darker than I would have thought going into if but as you read your do find yourself being drawn in more and more. The characters are ones that you are drawn to and their back story while sometimes challenging makes them stronger too. The appearance of a skeleton in the main characters' backyard becomes the mainstay plot of the book not too far in. This skeleton begins to represent more than an oddity, but it also represents the illness that Miren has. You are left on pins and needles throughout the book wondering if the skeleton is good or evil and whether this portends something bad for Miren. There are many symbols and metaphors throughout the book that help you to look at life in a whole new way.

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