The Skeleton Tree

The Skeleton Tree

Book - 2016
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Chris and Frank's sailing vessel sinks and they are stranded alone in the wilds of Alaska. They don't like each other at all, but to survive they must build a relationship.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Tundra Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101918357
Characteristics: 278 pages


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Winner of the 2017 CBC Books Fan Choice Award.

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Mar 22, 2018

Chris and Frank are alone, castaways from a shipwreck. Frank acts like a jerk towards Chris, who prefers the company of a raven. But they’ll have to work together to survive, let alone make it home. Iain Lawrence’s “The Skeleton Tree” is taken from the perspective of an ordinary kid. It describes the situation as an imaginative kid would see it, and even pins down points of view that we adults should look into. I personally hope Chris never loses that imagination. Everything is simple enough to be from the perspective of a kid, but it has enough complexities to keep it interesting for readers of any age, especially if they’re fond of wildlife. It’s books like these that make me want to read more books by Canadian authors instead of all those New York Times “Bestsellers.”
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Staff Picks Nov 28, 2017

Winner of the 2017 CBC Books Fan Choice Award.

Nov 09, 2017

This book should come with a "Parental Guidance" warning label as the character Frank frequently refers to Chris by the pejorative term "moron" and Frank's repeated impetuous, violent behaviour may prompt mimicry by young readers. Some of the events border on the fantastical so I found it disappointing that the castaways were not found by an aboriginal hunter/shaman (aka the 'cabin guy') returning to his remote cabin. I would have found this a more satisfactory ending.

Jun 16, 2017

An action packed story of two boys stranded in the Alaskan wilderness. Fans of Gary Paulsen should read this.

Oct 07, 2016

This was a good book that I thoroughly enjoyed. While many readers have recommended it for its suspense, which it certainly has, what I liked most about it was the two boy's characters and interactions. So even if a survival story does not spark your interest, I would still recommend it for its characterization. By the end of the book you will surely have a good understanding of the two main characters.

ontherideau Sep 19, 2016

A great story, we are so lucky to have authors like this.

Aug 13, 2016

Anyone looking for an adventurous book that you just can't put down after the first few pages

Fans of survival stories will want to check this one out! It's a quick, accessible read with an interesting twist and plenty of suspense.

Jul 04, 2016

A book that made me keep turning the pages, chapter after chapter after chapter. The book's pages were interesting and action-packed. I never knew what was going to happen next in the story. From dreams and realality, visions and hallucinations, this book stunned me, so well put together! Two boys struggling against an island full of suprises, both good and bad. One of the best one-off books ever!

Mar 13, 2016

After a shipwreck, two boys alone struggle to survive and try to find a way to get home. Chris, one of the boys, makes friends with a raven, against Frank's wishes. Although Frank makes Chris's life a living hell, he is the only other person around. The story makes readers hang on to see what is going to happen to all the characters, and how or if they are going to get home.

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Nov 09, 2017

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 06, 2016

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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