pinkhairWelcome to my website, where I, Kim Ventrella, talk about creepy stories and other writerly stuff. I am the author of the middle grade novels SKELETON TREE and BONE HOLLOW, both with Scholastic Press. [Insert moment of excitement] When I’m not writing, you might find me wandering, searching for creepy stuff or fighting crime with my dog/superhero sidekick, Hera. I am a fan of whimsy, magic and weird stories of all kinds.

On this website, you will find: dog pictures, skeletons, writing tips, more skeletons, secrets about my book and skeletons! Thanks for stopping by. If you’re a skeleton, here’s an air high five for being awesome! If not, still high five!

Recent Projects

Here are some exciting projects I've been working on!

From the Blog

  • Cassie Beasley, NYT-bestelling author of Circus Mirandus

    Skeleton Tree is a powerful and tender story. Kim Ventrella knows when to be playful and when to break your heart.”

    Cassie Beasley, NYT-bestelling author of Circus Mirandus
  • Paul Griffin, MG/YA author

    “Like Markus Zusak’s THE BOOK THIEF, SKELETON TREE upends the myth of the Grim Reaper. Scary, sad, funny and always so, so sweet, SKELETON TREE will haunt me and remind me that life is miraculous when it’s rooted in hope and empathy.”

    Paul Griffin, MG/YA author
  • Mallory Kass, Senior Editor, Scholastic Press

    “SKELETON TREE is an extraordinary novel, one with the power to profoundly affect the way readers think about life, faith, and death […] a book that makes you weep, but that stays with you for years to come.”

    Mallory Kass, Senior Editor, Scholastic Press