Bone Hollow


Learn more about my middle grade novel, Bone Hollow.

Cover art by Katya Longhi.

In Bone Hollow, death is only the beginning…

In retrospect, it was foolish to save that chicken. On the roof. In the middle of a thunder storm. But what choice did Gabe have? If he hadn’t tried to rescue Ms. Cleo’s precious pet, she would’ve kicked him out. And while Ms. Cleo isn’t a perfect guardian, her house is the only home Gabe knows. After falling off the roof, Gabe wakes up in a room full of tearful neighbors. To his confusion, none of them seem to hear Gabe speak. It’s almost as if they think he’s dead. But Gabe’s not dead. He feels fine! So why do they insist on holding a funeral? And why does everyone scream in terror when Gabe shows up for his own candlelight vigil?

Scared and bewildered, Gabe flees with his dog, Ollie, the only creature who doesn’t tremble at the sight of him. When a mysterious girl named Wynne offers to let Gabe stay at her cozy house in a misty clearing, he gratefully accepts. Yet Wynne disappears from Bone Hollow for long stretches of time, and when a suspicious Gabe follows her, he makes a mind-blowing discovery. Wynne is Death and has been for over a century. Even more shocking . . . she’s convinced that Gabe is destined to replace her.

Skeleton Tree author Kim Ventrella returns with the wisest, funniest, and most profound middle grade adventure you’ll read in this lifetime…or the next.

Praise for Bone Hollow

⭐ “…a sensory delight. Gabe’s voice is distinct, and…reinforces the humanity amid the magic. A heck of a good read about the bright side of some durn bad luck.” –Kirkus starred review

🕯️ “…a quiet, insightful book…Ventrella fearlessly tackles the sensitive subject of death for a middle grade audience.” –Booklist

🕯️ Named a Best Book of 2019 by New York Public Library!

Order Your Copy

Order your copy today from your favorite retailer. My two favorite options are Bookshop.org or my local indie, Best of Books. When you order from Bookshop.org, a portion of your money goes to support me and independent bookstores everywhere. And if you order from the link below, I will send you a signed bookplate upon request. If you would like a signed and personalized copy, order from Best of Books. Make sure to put “signed copy” along with any personalization details in the order comments section.

Listen to an Audiobook Sample

The audio edition is narrated by Katie Beudert. It’s available in the U.K. from Bolinda.

Book Clubs

Is your class or school book club reading Bone Hollow? If so, I would love to join you for a 30-minute book club chat. If you’re interested, fill out the form below. And don’t forget to download the Book Club Guide.



In the News

🕯️  Check out my interview on the Spooky Middle Grade blog about the release of Bone Hollow.

🕯️  Check out my interview on MG Book Village about Bone Hollow.

🕯️ Read my interview in the Oklahoma Gazette entitled “Processing Death.”

🕯️ Listen to my interview from April 2019 on the Reading With Your Kids podcast.