IMG_4560Welcome to my website, where I, Kim Ventrella, talk about stories, my dog 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 listening to the rain, reading books 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, writing tips, secrets about my books and so much more! Thanks for stopping by. Drop me a line via the contact form if you’d like to get in touch.

From the Blog

  • Kiara, 6th grade

    “After meeting you and taking your advice, I want to become an author now.”

    Kiara, 6th grade
  • Kirkus Starred Review of Bone Hollow

    “A heck of a good read about the bright side of some durn bad luck.”

    Kirkus Starred Review of Bone Hollow
  • 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
  • Anna Priemaza, YA author of KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD

    Reading Skeleton Tree was “…like walking through a beautiful graveyard at lunchtime.”

    Anna Priemaza, YA author of KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD
  • 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