Children’s book review: The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel


The Bone Thief is a story that has been on my “to-be-reviewed” shelf for quite some time and I apologize for that. There was a reason for that. It was both that I just couldn’t get in to the story and that it was designated for the old website (Verhalenwijs) but ultimately decided to wait with the review until the websites were merged.

So The Bone Thief. It’s a lovely story for young readers about a bunch of youngster with abilities that are quite out of the ordinary. It’s a cute and fun little read, but I just couldn’t get into the story and it took me a long time to read it. I think this was mainly because the story just didn’t grip me and not because the story itself is bad. The story is written by an experienced author with a fun and solid plot.

There are unique characters in this story what will play to the imagination of any young reader. Such as the pet funeral director, the girl who has visions and so on and they all go on adventures all set in a town where being normal is very out of the question.

For young readers (age 8-11) it has everything: a fantasy element, likable characters they can identify with, a magical town, adventures and it is written well in an understandable way and I think young readers will really love this story.

As a side note: I’m not rating this story because it didn’t click for me, but I can see why it would for other and certainly child

The Bone Thief Book Cover The Bone Thief
Alyson Noel
children books, fantasy
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
October 17, 2017
A copy was provided through Netgalley

A ragtag team of eleven-year olds with otherworldly abilities set out to solve the mystery behind the sudden onset of ordinary events plaguing their very unusual town.

Compared to other more ordinary towns, Quiver Hollows is a very strange, very curious place. It is also home to longtime friends Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope. In a town where everyone is spectacularly abnormal, Grimsly feels bad about being terribly, unforgivably normal, as the town's pet funeral director. So when a series of strange and disturbing mundane occurrences begins plaguing Quiver Hollows, well, Grimsly fears his growing celebrity just might be to blame since everyone knows that the things you focus on the most have an uncanny way of shaping your world.

The group of friends also learn that the bones in the pet cemetery are thought to be the source of the strange magic that binds the town of Quiver Hollows. With the bones now gone, the town's magic is quickly dissipating. Will it ultimately become as common and ordinary as everywhere else?

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