The Skeleton Tree by Iain LawrenceThe Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

The Skeleton Tree

byIain Lawrence

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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Now in paperback! This stark and commercial survival story is a modern-day Hatchet.


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 way to forage, fish and scavenge supplies from the shore. Chris likes the company of a curious friendly raven more than he likes the prickly Frank. But the boys have to get along if they want to survive.

Because as the days get colder, and the salmon migration ends, survival will take more than sheer force of will. There in the wilderness of Kodiak, they discover a bond they didn't expect, and through it, the compassion and teamwork that might truly be the path to rescue.

IAIN LAWRENCE grew up moving all over Canada with his family. He's worked in logging, fishing, and even as a forest fire fighter, before studying journalism in Vancouver and working at newspapers for ten years. Today, he lives in the Gulf Islands with his companion, Kristin, and their dog and cat. He is the author of fifteen books for ...
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Title:The Skeleton TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.69 × 5.25 × 0.71 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101918373

ISBN - 13:9781101918371

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Canadian Read While I was a bit over the intended reading age for this book, The Skeleton Tree was an easy enjoyable read. I am a fan of books with a veey small, well written cast of characters and this was definitely one of those. It had a thought out plot which the characters fell into naturally. I got attached to the two main characters very quickly. I have to say that the author wrote the characters incredibly well, but I did find a bit of trouble with pushing the plot forward, it was like you could see the top of the hill but no what was over it. You could tell the plot was trying to go somewhere but it took more time than I thought necessary to get there. By the end of the book I was happy with where the plot went, just wish in it got there in a smoother fashion. This book gave me Touching Spirit Bear vibes, and seems like the perfect kind of thing to read for a novel study, but as someone who read it for pure enjoyment I would definitely still recommended it. It's heartfelt, and an interesting take on the idea of young boys lost in the wilderness. I've read more boring, wilderness survival books than I would like to admit but this one had me wanting to keep reading and once I pass the slow part of the plot hill it was done before I realized it.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Adventure, relationships, wilderness, survival .... novel is an intriguing page turner. Canadian author too. I wouldn't be surprised to find teachers choosing this as a class reader.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Iain Lawrence book After being shipwrecked in Alaska we follow Chris and Frank, strangers to each other, as they endure wildlife, hunger, and a growing anger. Readers will anxiously be turning pages to see who survives. With great action and a twist at the end, this book will appeal to mature readers’ ages 10 to 12.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next Hatchet! An excellent read. I got a sneak peek and you definitely want this book. It's exciting and extremely well told as par for the course for this author.
Date published: 2015-11-28

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR The Skeleton Tree:"The skeleton tree and a bear that seems to stalk the characters give the story a dark and foreboding tone. This is not a typical survival tale . . . the focus is on the rocky and evolving relationship between the two boys. Though Frank is cruel and Chris is innocent, readers come to understand that each boy is much more than he appears. . ." --Starred Rview, School Library Journal "Fans of Hatchet and Lord of the Flies will be drawn to this harrowing survival story from Lawrence (The Winter Pony), which offers psychological suspense and action in equal measure. The boys' exploration of rugged territory and the mysterious 'skeleton tree' with coffins in its branches neatly parallels their individual quests to make sense of recent losses and the lives they have left behind." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly"Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews"Lawrence's firsthand knowledge of his setting brings lush, exhilarating vibrancy to this excellent survival story." --The Toronto Star "Readers will anxiously be turning pages to see who survives. With great action and a twist at the end, this book will appeal to mature readers ages 10 to 12." --The Calgary Herald