Bone's Gift:


Bone's Gift (Ghosts of Ordinary Objects series, 1)

by Angie Smibert

Published by Boyds Mill 978-1684373734

Ages 10-12

Twelve-year-old Bone possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects in this supernatural historical mystery. The first title in a series -- now in paperback!

In southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the age when most members of her family discover their Gift. Bone has a Gift that disturbs her; she can sense stories when she touches an object that was important to someone. She sees both sad and happy--the death of a deer in an arrowhead, the pain of a beating in a baseball cap, and the sense of joy in a fiddle. There are also stories woven into her dead mama's butter--yellow sweater--stories Bone yearns for and fears. When Bone receives a note that says her mama's Gift is what killed her, Bone tries to uncover the truth. Could Bone's Gift do the same? Here is a beautifully resonant coming-of-age tale about learning to trust the power of your own story.

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Angie Smibert is the author of the middle grade historical fantasy series, Ghosts of Ordinary Objects, which includes Bone’s Gift, Lingering Echoes, and The Truce. She’s also written three young adult science fiction novels: Memento Nora, The Forgetting Curve, and The Meme Plague. In addition to numerous short stories, she’s published over two dozen STEM books for kids. She teaches writing for Southern New Hampshire University’s creative writing M.F.A. program, Indiana University, and Virginia Western Community College. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia with a goofy dog (named after a telescope) and three bickering cats (named after Tennessee Williams characters).