Children’s Book Review: Bone Hollow by Kim Ventrella

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Gabe’s parents died when he was young and he was sent to live with Ms. Cleo and her beloved chickens. In effort to get on Ms. Cleo’s good side, Gabe climbs up to the roof to save one of the chickens, but is taken out by a twister instead. Gabe wakes up to a room full of crying people, who can’t see him. Then several days later, when the town is at the church mourning, Gabe can be seen by the town, but they all flip out and run away from him. The only being happy to see Gabe is his best friend and dog, Ollie. The two are chased from town and ultimately find and befriend Wynne, who helps Gabe learn more about his new living situation.


This book was funny, even though it dealt with a difficult/dark subject. I enjoyed the friendship between Gabe and Ollie, and between Wynne and the other two. I wished that Gabe met Wynne earlier in the book, over half of the book was Gabe and Ollie stumbling around their old life in confusion. While it was obvious to the reader what had happened to Gabe, I wish that the plot had moved quicker to get Gabe on the same page. I think this could be a tough book for sensitive readers, but I think the character relationships will keep those who can handle the book invested in the story.



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