- Title: Skeleton Man
- Author: Joseph Bruchac
- ISBN: 9780064408882
- Page: 267
- Format: Paperback
Ever since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents had vanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions Where have her parents gone Who is this spooky old man who s taken her to live with him, claiming to be her great uncle Why does he never eat, and why does he lock her in her room at night What are her dreams of the Skeleton Man trying to tellEver since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents had vanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions Where have her parents gone Who is this spooky old man who s taken her to live with him, claiming to be her great uncle Why does he never eat, and why does he lock her in her room at night What are her dreams of the Skeleton Man trying to tell her There s one thing Molly does know She needs to find some answers before it s too late.
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Note to self: Don't start just any book at 12:30 am! Even though this is definitely a tween book, it still packs plenty of creepy inti 110 pages. I had to finish it in one go just so that I knew the ending and could go to sleep!
I've heard Joe Bruchac tell stories of his Abernaki heritage - and this reads just the way the talks. Wonderful story - even though it's aimed at a juvenile audience, no reason they should keep it all to themselves. A good story, well told, is still a good story, no matter the age group. And this is a good story well told.Also the sequel, Return of the Skeleton Man
Started out strong but never went anywhere. I appreciated the cultural infusion but it wasn’t enough to leave me satisfied.
There's an old Mohawk tale about a man who was so hungry that he ate himself; limbs, torso, everything until only a skeleton remained. Relishing the taste of flesh, he also ate his family. The only relative who evaded his skeletal hands was his niece. Molly heard this tale from her father, who grew up on a reservation. She leads a typical life in the city until her parents vanish one day. She is forced to live with her great-uncle, a man she's just met, who mysteriously appears after her parents [...]
Simple but effectively creepy.
When Molly's parents disappear she is put into the custody of her "Uncle". She knows something is amiss when he treats her very differently from everyone else. the uncle is a very small character but at the same time one of the most important.he unintentionally gives molly clues into where her parents disappeared to. She begins to have dreams about the skeleton man, the one whom her dad told stories about. Uncle is very discreet in what he does and where he goes. Can he be the skeleton man that [...]
So this short scary tale based of a Native American legend took about two hours to read and comes with a review by R.L. Stine promising nightmares and thrillsI admit to neither but will say Joseph Bruchac can tell a great story, one that makes you interested from beginning to end in what will happenSo Molly is happy child from two Native American parents with little to no family aside of the three of them. They live happily enough with stories and legends and even scary tales of a Skeleton Man w [...]
What a perfect story to tell late at night, sitting around the fire, in the middle of the woods. I love Molly and her fierce dedication to her beliefs, dreams, instincts. The way she didn't let adults back her down, and I really appreciate that Joseph Bruchac wrote a good relationship between parents and child and also gave Molly an adult ally. It's hard to find a book for kids in which the adults aren't all against the kids and, as a result, the kids are forced into being their own hero. In thi [...]
Read my full, illustrated review here: diversityhorror/2I'm so used to getting my scares from more mature media I often forget how scary "kid friendly" horror fiction can be, and get completely caught off guard. Supposedly terrifying films like Jaws, The Blair Witch Project, and Poltergeist have all failed to phase me. But Return to Oz, a PG Disney film, still gives me nightmares. And don't even get me started on the first time I saw Over the Garden Wall. The problem is, I seem to have selective [...]
Molly is a 13 year old girl who wakes up one morning to find that her parents never came home. Even a few days later they still do not come home. Molly somehow knows that her parents are out there somewhere and they will come back.When social services comes, Molly tries to tell them that, but they aren't convinced and they place her with a great-uncle, who she has never met or heard of before. Molly doesn't want to go and live with him, but they give her no choice. There is something strange abo [...]
Skeleton Manby Joseph BruchacAccording to Mohawk Indian legend, there was once a lazy old uncle who devoured his own flesh until he was nothing but his skeleton remained. Still hungry for flesh, he devoured the rest of his family as they came home one night. His young niece outwits him and brings the rest of her family back to life.Flash forward to present-day New York. Sixth grader Molly awakes to find her parents missing since the previous night. She's sure they'll be home any minute, so she s [...]
I read this with my seven year old who loves all things creepy. I thought this tale, featuring a brave and resourceful young heroine, was eerie and suspenseful, but my son informs me that it "isn't scary at all." I still think this book is more appropriate for the 9-12 year old crowd. The story concerns a young, Native American girl who's parents go missing one night. A mysterious uncle shows up to care for the girl but she is certain he is an impostor. As the story moves along she becomes more [...]
I cannot remember much from this book except that I recall I was truly creeped out. I was still in elementary school when I got a copy of this and read it into the night. Molly wasn't a bad lead (I don't recall being annoyed with her) and the dreams added a scary touch that helped explain the story a bit.Basically, Skeleton Man is about Molly who is suddenly taken in by a great-uncle she never knew existed. Her parents were orphans (if my memory isn't failing me) and they had never mentioned hav [...]
I wonder what kids really want when they ask for "a scary book". Are they thinking something in the horror formula? Psychological thriller? Mysterious Mystery? Because I'm realizing that all three genres could be under the umbrella of "scary story". Skeleton Man has aspects of all three, but it's definitely not written in a formula. 12 year old Molly narrates the story of being sent to live with an Uncle who is a complete stranger to her after her parents just fail to come home. The behavior and [...]
When was the last time you read a good scary story? If you’re like me, it’s been a while. I like to get creeped out… and this does it.Caveat: This is a 100 page children’s book. But it is well-written and fun. Think of it as a novelette. It’s smart. It’s based on a traditional Native American story about a man who cooks and eats his own flesh leaving nothing but bones, then cooks and eats his family, and then attempts to eat his young niece. It’s set in present-day and the heroine [...]
I am reading this with the 6th graders has been good so far! We just finished the book. I was actually really surprised at the ending. I thought it had a really good amount of suspense. I sometimes hating reading all of the detail that the author put in, but the kids still seemed interested. To help set the mood for reading the book we would turn off the lights so that it would be a little darker and spookier. I thought overall it was a great book that kids would really be interested in reading [...]
Great book for the Halloween season. Creepy tale of a girl whose parents disappear and she has to go live with an uncle who suddenly shows up to claim her. She doesn't know the uncle and the story develops from there. As usual for Bruchac he brings in a Native American thread to tie into this story. This will be good for reluctant readers. Only 114 pgs and a fast read. Recommend. I barely had this out of my hands before kids were clamoring for it. I book talked it to a group and now have holds f [...]
Molly wakes up one morning to find her parents never came home the night before. Social services turn her over to a mysterious uncle and Molly begins to have dreams about the Skeleton Man, a character in an old Indian story, a character the mysterious uncle closely resembles. Molly has misgivings about the uncle from the first time she sees him. Then her dreams warn her of danger. Her teacher has promised help if only she can find even one shred of evidence. Can she? Will she find it in time to [...]
I loved this book! At first when I was reading it I was like oh ok this doesn't seem too interesting. But when you get in the middle of the book and at the end I just wanted to keep on reading and reading and reading! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries but not really crazy over mysteries. This book had outstanding word choice and very good and descriptive details.
Great scary book for grades 6-8. A refreshing idea as well: the main character is Native American but that is not what the story focuses on, it's just who she happens to be.
This was sooooo weird and eerie and confusing but perfect if that's what you want.
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This is my second choice book for the third quarter.This was a very good book. Basically, Molly's parents leave for the night. No big deal, but when Molly wakes up in the morning, her parents aren't home. Molly stays at home for three days, but after that her so-called uncle claims that he is Molly's long lost relative. Her so-called uncle is very mysterious and creepy. Molly goes to her uncles house, and she feels very unsafe. One night, Molly escapes from her room, goes out into her so-called [...]
I loved this book when I was a kid. It was one of the creepiest stories I had read. Certain parts of the book have really stuck with me. I recently reread it and I still think this is a truly creepy story. The writing is very simplistic, but it's great for young readers just getting into chapter books.
I was horrified by this book. I read it because my fourth grade daughter's teacher was reading it aloud in class. Here is a copy of the email I sent the principal. Hi Mrs. Rounds,Last Thursday when I went to pick up my kids from school my fourth grader got in the car and began to cry (this is very unusual of her). When I inquired what was wrong she said the teacher is reading a scary book and “haunts her.” I thought she must be overreacting and told her to buck up and be brave. Then, later t [...]
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. It's incredibly atmospheric and so well written you feel like you're there. Skeleton man is deliciously creepy, and Molly was clever and gutsy. I really loved this little horror book.
Fun middle grade retelling of a Abernaki folktale about a man so lazy and hungry he cooked and ate himself, then all of his family except one neice.
Creepy story. Modern retelling of Mohawk legend. Girl protagonist hero.
A good, spooky October young adult read. The beginning was intriguing, but I was hoping for a little bit more of a twist at the end.
Easily one of the SCARIEST books I have ever read!
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