Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Review: Sally's Bones by MacKenzie Cadenhead

Title: Sally's Bones
Author: MacKenzie Cadenhead, Illustrated by T.S. Sppokytooth
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ARC, 163 pages
Date Published: September 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Sally is a quirky character who loves Death Rock and faded blue jeans. She fits in better with the Addams Family than with a clique of catty sixth grade girls. After her mother's death, grief-stricken Sally begs for death...and death is exactly what she gets: a tail-wagging skeleton dog called Bones. A gift from beyond the grave, Bones is a dreadfully delicious girl's best friend.—In this cleverly written, alliterative tale the neighborhood's dog treats go missing and everyone blames Bones. Sally must solve the mystery to save her cadaverous canine from puppy prison.
It’s really hard not to love a cute little dog. It’s even really hard not to love a cute little dog when that dog happens to be a skeleton, as Bones is. But I loved him just as much as Sally Simplesmith comes to love him and it’s because author MacKenzie Cadenhead makes him incredibly loveable. Middle grade readers will adore Sally’s precocious new pet and will be eager to see justice for pooch.

Sally’s Bones
is a little darker than some MG books because it focuses on a dead pooch that appears after Sally begs her mother’s gravesite for her own death. Sally’s a lonely, isolated girl who misses her mother more than anything else and even if readers can’t relate to that precise feeling, they’ll be able to empathize and understand Sally’s emotions.

Sally’s story is more complicated than just having a dead dog. There’s Viola Vanderperfect – Sally’s once friend and now middle-school dominating nemesis, some threatening letters, and a dog catcher that’s determined to pull Bones apart and give his bits and pieces to the neighborhood dogs that are missing their favorite meatless treats. So life for Sally goes from boring and mundane to extraordinary, all in the blink of an eye.

All in all, Sally’s Bones is an entertaining and delightful book that will keep readers guessing with the mystery and keep them glued to the pages by Sally and Bones’ friendship. There’s love, family, and a lot of whodunit. Readers of all ages will enjoy this slightly morbid tale and come to care for the skeletal pup and the girl who loves him regardless.

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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2 comments:

Bere said...

Oh my goodness this one sounds pretty great. I love the cover. So cool. Wonderful review, Nikki. =)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Bere - Sally's Bones is great! I wasn't sure if I'd love it since I tend to go for more adventure/fantasy middle grade books, but I'm so happy I was wrong. The cover is awesome in person too. And there are illustrations throughout that I adored.

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