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The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
Dec 06, 2016 | ISBN 9780440421672
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    Dec 06, 2016 | ISBN 9780440421672 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee
A Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Prize Finalist

A Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee

Praise for The Skeleton Tree:

“Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of Hatchet and Lord of the Flies will be drawn to this harrowing survival story from Lawrence (The Winter Pony), which offers psychological suspense and action in equal measure. The boys’ exploration of rugged territory and the mysterious “skeleton tree” with coffins in its branches neatly parallels their individual quests to make sense of recent losses and the lives they have left behind.” —Publishers Weekly

“An emotionally engaging and heart-pounding read.” —The Horn Book Review 

“This is not a typical survival tale … the focus is on the rocky and evolving relationship between the two boys. Though Frank is cruel and Chris is innocent, readers come to understand that each boy is much more than he appears.” —School Library Journal

More Praise for Iain Lawrence:

★ “From the evocative jacket painting of a moonlit shipwreck to the superb characterizations, hair-raising plot and authentic period details, Lawrence’s fiction is first-rate.” —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly 

Fast-moving, mesmerizing, this is a tale in the grand tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson and Leon Garfield.”The Horn Book Magazine on The Wreckers


Kentucky Bluegrass Award NOMINEE 2017

Maine Student Book Award NOMINEE 2017

Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award NOMINEE 2019

Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award NOMINEE 2017

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