Skeleton Man

by Joseph Bruchac

On Sale: 08/05/2003

Skeleton Man

by Joseph Bruchac

On Sale: 08/05/2003


ALA Notable Children’s Book

Arizona Young Readers’ Award

Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (North Dakota)

Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)

IRA/CBC Children's Choice

Nutmeg Children’s Book Award (Connecticut)

Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

School Library Journal Best Book

Sequoyah Children's Book Award (Oklahoma)

About the Book

A chilling middle grade novel featuring a brave young girl, missing parents, and a terrifying stranger, based on a Native American legend. R.L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps series, raved, "This book gave ME nightmares!”

Molly’s father, who grew up on the Mohawk Reserve of Akwesasne, always had the best scary stories. One of her favorites was the legend of Skeleton Man, a gruesome tale about a man with such insatiable hunger he ate his own flesh before devouring those around him.

But ever since her parents mysteriously vanished, those spooky tales have started to feel all too real.

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Critical Praise

“The legend is chilling—and the terror builds on every page. This book gave ME nightmares!” - R. L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series

★ “An incredibly scary story that will make hearts beat and brows sweat.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“Bruchac vigorously cranks up the suspense, and pits a ghastly creature against a resourceful young heroine who draws both on courage and cultural tradition. A natural for under-the-blanket reading.” - Kirkus

“Bruchac gives full play to his talent for the creepy, and the introduction of bits of American Indian lore and story are smoothly and capably integrated. Reluctant as well as eager readers will relish this fast-paced supernatural chase.” - Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“Although it’s steeped in Mohawk lore and tradition, Bruchac’s story is contemporary both in its setting and its celebration of the enduring strength and courage of Native American women.” - ALA Booklist

“The mix of traditional and contemporary cultural references adds to the story’s haunting appeal, and the quick pace and suspence will likely hold the interest of young readers.” - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780064408882
  • ISBN 10: 0064408884
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 08/05/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • List Price:7.25 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Native American

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