The Bone Garden

The Bone Garden

3.75 (618 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

Irreelle fears she's not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life - and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irreelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones.

When Irreelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Desperate, Irreelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. With echoes of The Graveyard Book, Heather Kassner crafts a spooky story humming with magic and mystery.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 193 x 18mm | 226.8g
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 12 black and white illustrations
  • 1250250536
  • 9781250250537
  • 593,917

Review quote

Best read aloud on a dark autumn night (under a cozy blanket, of course), this magical story--and the brave girl in its pages--will haunt you in the best way. --Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of Over the Moon A gorgeously creepy tale with a timeless feel. With her vulnerability and courage, Irréelle is a heroine you can't help but love. --Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Nightblood

[Evokes] the dreamy tone and themes of Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Graveyard Book . . . With a timeless feel, Irréelle's story broaches the subjects of loss and forgiveness with a deft touch. This is an impressive new fairy tale that will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff's subtly magical stories. --Booklist The pages of this book are filled with imagination incarnate--in the form of a haunting heroine made from dust, bone, and a heart of gold. A deliciously dark, unique tale! --MarcyKate Connolly, author of Shadow Weaver. Beautifully haunting and elegantly told, The Bone Garden enchanted me from page one and kept me spellbound until the very end. I'm convinced Heather Kassner must have her own brand of magic as strong and compelling as her bewitching characters. --Mindee Arnett, author of Onyx and Ivory At once creepy and emotional, this hauntingly beautiful book and its wonderful narrator come alive with a breath of magic and a pinch of the macabre. --Lori M. Lee, author of the Gates of Thread and Stone series It is easy to become lost with Irréelle as she navigates the eerie passages of the graveyard, listening to the hum of human bones. Ultimately a story of love and the power of friendship, this girl of dust and imagination will win your heart and keep you turning pages until the very end. --Lucy Hounsom, author of Starborn
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About Heather Kassner

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds, and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds, and reading and writing strange little stories. The Bone Garden is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter!
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Rating details

618 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 26% (160)
4 36% (221)
3 28% (171)
2 9% (57)
1 1% (9)
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