The Skeleton Tree

The Skeleton Tree

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 compa Less than 48 hours after twelve-year-old Chris casts off on a trip to sail down the Alaskan coast with his uncle, their b...

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Title:The Skeleton Tree
Author:Iain Lawrence
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Genres:Adventure
ISBN:The Skeleton Tree
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Skeleton Tree Reviews

  • Anne
    Dec 04, 2015
    "The Skeleton Tree" may yet be the contemporary version of "Hatchet' by Gary Paulson as it is a thrilling adventure survival story set in the Alaskan wilderness in very recent time. There is no doubt that parts of it are nail-biting exciting, but there are other aspects that are diffic...
  • Matt
    Feb 07, 2016
    This was a fun book that kept you reading. However, as others have pointed out, much of the survival theme and urgency gets lost in other elements in the story. There is a supernatural thread involving the raven and wolves; there is the family drama involving Chris and Frank; there is ...
  • Susan
    Jul 04, 2016
    Many will shelve this under adventure/survival but there's a lot more going on here...not just surviving the Alaskan wilderness, but surviving the magnitude of kept secrets. Strong sense of setting and characters you both want to love and hate...including a raven, this will be a great ...
  • Canadian
    Mar 15, 2016
    I read all of Iain Lawrence's books with interest. Though I'm not his target audience--a reader in late childhood or adolescence--I suspect I'm not the only adult admirer of his work. This time, he has taken on something quite atmospheric and challenging. He's given us a story of two b...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Dec 15, 2015
    Copy provided by the publisher Chris is excited to go sailing with his Uncle Jack in Alaska, especially since his uncle, while rather unreliable, is a link to his deceased father. The two get ready to set off, but there is another boy there, Frank, who seems to dislike Chris. Uncle ...
  • Joelle Anthony
    Jul 06, 2015
    Full disclosure: I am pals with the author. However, that said, this is a beautiful and exciting book. Let me be the first to say this, because I think others will, "It's Hatchet for this generation." It's an exciting adventure, with well written, believable characters and a sett...
  • Michelle
    Nov 29, 2017
    Being a fan of Hatchet, I really wanted to love this book. In truth I had difficulty connecting with the main characters, Chris and Frank. I thought the flow of the story was choppy at times which disrupted my ability to fully visualize the story. On a positive note, the raven, named T...
  • Tom
    Feb 27, 2018
    I?ve read several books by Iain Lawrence and this is my favorite. Great story development. A real page turner. Great for preteens, teens, and adults who like a good, well-written adventure/thriller book that is also clean. ...
  • Maxine
    Jun 09, 2016
    It?s been a year since the death of 12-year-old Chris? father when his Uncle Jack invites him on a sailing adventure from Kodiak Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Chris? excitement is curtailed somewhat when he finds out that they are sharing the adventure with Frank a sulle...
  • Patrick
    Jul 05, 2016
    It has been awhile since I have enjoyed an adventure story this much. The relationship between Chris and Frank was one of a kind. Also thought the Raven and Bear were perfect additions to the story! Excellent. ...
  • D
    Oct 15, 2017
    A wonderful adventure story with a bit of mystery intertwined throughout. Two boys meeting for the first time are thrown into a survival situation when their uncle is lost at sea and they survive only to be lost in the wilderness of Alaska. Just when you think you may have a handle on ...
  • J.R. Vikse
    Dec 02, 2015
    Full Disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I am of two minds about The Skeleton Tree. In the first, I found it odd that in a story of survival, neither of the two characters seems at all concerned with surviving. Little-to-no time is spent on worry of any sort, despit...
  • Dana
    Apr 08, 2017
    I selected this book as one of my classroom book club picks, but don't think I'll be using it next year. I thought it would be similar to The Sign of the Beaver, a book we read as a class in August, but it just wasn't was I was hoping for. ...
  • LibraryCin
    Jun 20, 2017
    12-year old Chris is invited to go sailing with his Uncle Jack in Alaska. When Chris arrives, he is introduced to another boy, Frank, around 15-years old, who is also coming. Unfortunately, their boat sinks and they lose Jack. Chris and Frank are stranded somewhere in Alaska, trying to...
  • Joyce Yattoni
    Jul 25, 2017
    Lord of the Flies, Alabama Moon, Hatchet meets The Skeleton Tree, an adventure story. Chris and his older, meaner brother Frank (they don't know they are brothers) get shipwrecked off a desolate coast of Alaska. Here they learn how to survive off the land, fend off wild animals and kee...
  • Tiz. T.
    Jan 08, 2016
    This book doesn't know what it wants to be. Let's start from the beginning: I am a great fan of survival's stories, so I though this would be right in my alley. Strangely, it wasn't. The reason is that I couldn't care much for the two main characters, Frank and Chris. Now, I u...
  • Nathan Kaczmarek
    May 18, 2017
    The Skeleton Tree, by Iain Lawrence, was about a boy named Chris, his uncle Jack, his parents, Frank, and Thursday. The book starts out with the death of Chris' dad. Because of this, Jack thinks that Chris needs some adventure in his life and something to take his mind off his dad, by ...
  • Ryley (Ryley Reads)
    Feb 18, 2016
    Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. Wow! I was not expecting this book to be what it was. I knew the basic premise, two kids, shipwrecked in Alaska. What I didn't know was how incredible this book would be. This...
  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Oct 13, 2016
    Really fast paced and engrossing story of survival. I couldn't put it down! ...
  • Scott Fillner
    Jul 05, 2016
    This book was filled with strong emotion, strong characters, and strong action from beginning to end. I had never read an Iain Lawrence novel until now, but I can assure you it will not be the last I read. I think many students who crave action, outdoor adventure, and strong charact...
  • Melodía
    Jun 18, 2018
    3.5 ? My son really liked this book. He likes nature in general so this was right up his alley with surviving nature and all its elements. I found it to be slow at times, and didn?t quite understand the ?mystical? part of it. ...
  • Eleyna Rivas
    Jan 29, 2018
    This was A very good book enjoyed it a lot. If u are interested in survival and wilderness this is the book for you hope you enjoy it and learn to love the book like I did. ...
  • Anna--“An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. A ranger practices until he never gets it wrong." -John Flanagan
    Aug 30, 2018
    A survival story. One thing I thought was kind of annoying was how many times Frank said "Moron." ...
  • Megan Nason
    Mar 26, 2018
    I thought that this book was good. I had it at my house so it was an easy read. I think the authors type of writing wasn't my favorite but overall the story of how to overcome an obstacle like that was extraordinary. ...
  • Willow Lausier
    Oct 11, 2017
    I liked this book. It was a good survival story about two boys who were off the coast of Alaska and there boat sank and they were stranded on an island. They hated each other but as time goes on they began to build a friendship. It was a pretty good book I recommend this book to read e...
  • Abby Chaput
    May 04, 2018
    (Reviewed in April) I liked the Skeleton Tree and it was an okay student book award book. I did like raven though. ...
  • Jalee Boucher
    Oct 23, 2017
    I loved this book! It was action packed and Very well written. If you are in to survival stories this is definitely a book for you! Through the story, These two people need to learn how to survive the wilderness and survive each other. They have some struggles. Being alone in the wilde...
  • Justin
    Apr 30, 2018
    I liked this book because it is book about brothers who got stuck on an island and how they didn't get along then they started working together and not arguing as much ...
  • Anna
    Jan 02, 2019
    This book was action packed and definitely a very good book for people who are into survival. It was full of adventure and struggle and really showed how hard they tried to stay alive. They are on an island alone and they don't exactly get along which makes some things harder. ...
  • Samantha Moffat
    May 23, 2018
    AMAZING!!! ...