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KIM VENTRELLA is the author of the middle grade novels THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM (Fall 2020, HarperCollins), as well as HELLO, FUTURE ME (Aug. 2020), BONE HOLLOW (2019) and SKELETON TREE (2017), all with Scholastic Press. Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs, including children’s librarian, scare actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor and overnight staff person at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author. She lives in Oklahoma City with her dog and co-writer, Hera. Find out more at https://kimventrella.com/ or follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram.
Social Media Links
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimventrella
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimventrella/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimventrella/
Agency Contact Details
Brianne Johnson, Literary Agent
Cecilia de la Campa, Subsidiary Rights Director
Mary Pender, Film Agent
United Talent Agency
Author Photos (click for high-res)
About My Books
About THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM:
Tagline: Nothing is ever truly lost.
Jacket copy: How far would you go to be with the people you love—even after they’re gone?
After Sam’s dad dies in a car accident, he’s shuttled off to the dusty town of Holler, Oklahoma to live with a long-lost aunt. He misses everything about his old life—fishing in the swamps, drinking warm cans of Orange Crush and, especially, listening to Pa weave his famous tall tales.
He hates everything about Holler, with its empty fields and dead grass, until he encounters a strangely familiar cat who leads him to a mysterious tree—a portal through which Sam can revisit his old life for a few minutes at a time, and be with his Pa once more.
Sam’s visits to the bayou become stranger and stranger. Pa’s old stories unfold around him in beautiful but sinister detail, and Pa is not quite himself. Still, Sam is desperate to find a way for them to stay together—until he learns the bittersweet lesson that sometimes loving someone means having to say goodbye.
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
ISBN (hardcover): 9780062941183
Tagline: Is there any problem magic can’t solve?
Jacket copy: Eleven-year-old June is a problem-solver. Some people might call her a busybody, but that’s okay. Just look at all the couples she’s helped find love! (Grateful newlyweds Marlene and Big Vic have even promised June free hot chocolate for life at their café.)
However, when June learns that her parents are getting divorced, she has to face the fact that there are some problems too big even for her. At least, that’s what the adults in her life keep saying.
But June’s convinced there’s a way to make her parents fall back in love. While brainstorming ideas on her new secondhand laptop—purchased from a mysterious store in town called The Shop of Last Resort—June gets a strange IM from someone named JuniePie28 . . . someone who claims to be an older version of June messaging her from the future.
At first, she assumes it’s a prank. But JuniePie28 knows too much about June’s life to be a fraud, and future June warns her against interfering with her parents’ marriage. But June can’t just sit around and watch her parents’ marriage dissolve, not when there’s a magical shop in town that could be the answer to all her problems! Will June prove her older self wrong and stop the divorce? Or will she have to accept that there are some things in life she can’t fix?
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1338576177
Praise for HELLO, FUTURE ME:
“A perfectly magical story packed with twists, energy and charm!” –Janet Fox, award-winning author of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
Tagline: Death is only the beginning…
Jacket copy: 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.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-338-04274-0, ISBN (ebook): 978-1-338-04275-7
Retail Price: $17.99
Length: 240 pages
Classification: Social Issues / Death & Dying, Legends, Myths, Fables
Release Date: February 2019
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
Tagline: There are lots of things that grow in backyards. Bones aren’t one of them.
Jacket copy: Twelve-year-old Stanly knows the bone is a little weird, but that’s okay, because now he’ll have the perfect photo to submit for the Young Discoverer’s Competition. With such a unique find he’s sure to win the grand prize. But, oddly, the bone doesn’t appear in any photos. Even stranger, it seems to be growing into a full skeleton . . . one that only children can see.
There’s just one person who doesn’t find any of this weird—Stanly’s little sister. Mischievous Miren adopts the skeleton as a friend, and soon, the two become inseparable playmates. When Miren starts to grow sick, Stanly suspects that the skeleton is responsible, and does everything in his power to drive the creature away. However, Miren is desperate not to lose her friend, forcing Stanly to question everything he’s ever believed about life, love, and the mysterious forces that connect us.
Teaser: Stanly only stopped once to look back at the bones. Maybe it was his imagination, but he could have sworn the finger twitched. Like it wanted him to come closer. He remembered the feeling he’d had when he first saw the bone, like nothing would ever be the same again. The bone changed things, and no matter how hard he might try, he could never go back to before.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-338-04270-2, ISBN (ebook): 978-1-338-04272-6
Retail Price: $16.99
Length: 240 pages
Classification: Social Issues / Death & Dying, Family / Siblings
Release Date: October 2017
Praise for SKELETON TREE
- “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
- “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, author of Burning Blue and When Friendship Followed Me Home
- “Ventrella’s comforting storytelling reveals a magical world where a skeleton can grow and where a family’s love for each other can provide healing.” —School Library Journal
- “[An] emotional roller coaster tempered by a touch of magic and a resilient, likable protagonist. —Kirkus Reviews
- “Quietly powerful; dark yet whimsical . . .” —Booklist
- “…an ambitious debut story of magical thinking…” —Kirkus Reviews
Links to Select Interviews and Media Appearances
Interview and cover reveal for THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM on MG Book Village, March 2020: https://mgbookvillage.org/2020/03/11/cover-reveal-the-secret-life-of-sam-by-kim-ventrella/
Interview and cover reveal for HELLO, FUTURE ME on Mr. Schu’s blog, September 2019: http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2019/09/hello-future-me-by-kim-ventrella.html
Reading with Your Kids Podcast interview, April 2019: https://bit.ly/2XgEYiI
Oklahoma Gazette, “Processing Death,” March 2019: https://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/processing-death/Content?oid=5735257
Interview on spookymiddlegrade.com about the release of BONE HOLLOW: https://spookymiddlegrade.com/2019/02/26/its-bone-hollows-book-birthday/
Book Birthday Bash interview on Samantha M. Clark’s blog about the release of BONE HOLLOW: http://www.samanthamclark.com/2019/02/26/book-birthday-bash-bone-hollow/
Interview at MG Book Village about BONE HOLLOW: https://mgbookvillage.org/2019/02/26/interview-kim-ventrella/
Interview on the Metro Library Podcast: https://podcast.metrolibrary.org/oklahoma-authors-kim-ventrella
BONE HOLLOW cover reveal on Mr. Schu’s blog: https://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2018/07/bone-hollow-by-kim-ventrella.html
Daily Oklahoman interview about SKELETON TREE: https://newsok.com/article/5593423/oklahoma-author-says-children-can-teach-adults-about-reading