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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0385903952 (library binding)
9780385903950 (library binding)
038573378X (hardcover)
9780385733786 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: J LAWRENCE
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm

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Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their boat sinks. The only survivors are Chris and a boy named Frank, who hates Chris immediately. Chris and Frank have no radio, no flares, no food. Suddenly, they've got to find a w... Read More »

Sailing from Kodiak to Vancouver with his Uncle Jack goes from adventure to nightmare when the sailboat sinks, leaving Chris stranded on an unfamiliar shore with an older boy he dislikes. Grades 5-8

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CovingtonChildrensLibn Feb 19, 2016

This is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale! Two teen boys struggle against weather, starvation and a stalking grizzly bear.


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Liber_vermis
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.

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beaholmes
Jun 16, 2017

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

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veruk
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.

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Alex_8286
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.

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RoryLander
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!

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T78
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.

This is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale! Two teen boys struggle against weather, starvation and a stalking grizzly bear.

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 06, 2016

Extremely fast-paced, suspenseful, psychological thriller about survival in a rugged wilderness filled with skeletons, bears, and a surprisingly intelligent raven. The ending is perfect, leaving the reader hanging in just the perfect place without trying to tie everything up in neat bows. Great for reluctant readers. I wolfed this one down in just a few (nearly breathless) hours.

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Liber_vermis
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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