The bone thief / Alyson Noël ; [illustrations, Vincent Chong].

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      Summary: Compared to other more ordinary towns, Quiver Hollows is a very strange, very curious place. It is also home to longtime friends Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope. In a town where everyone is spectacularly abnormal, Grimsly feels bad about being terribly, unforgivably normal, as the town's pet funeral director. So when a series of strange and disturbing mundane occurrences begins plaguing Quiver Hollows, well, Grimsly fears his growing celebrity just might be to blame since everyone knows that the things you focus on the most have an uncanny way of shaping your world. The group of friends also learn that the bones in the pet cemetery are thought to be the source of the strange magic that binds the town of Quiver Hollows. With the bones now gone, the town's magic is quickly dissipating. Will it ultimately become as common and ordinary as everywhere else?
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      NOËL, A.; CHONG, V. The bone thief. First edition. [s. l.]: Delacorte Press, 2017. ISBN 9780553538007. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Noël A, Chong V. The Bone Thief. First edition. Delacorte Press; 2017. Accessed November 27, 2020.
    • APA:
      Noël, A., & Chong, V. (2017). The bone thief (First edition.). Delacorte Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Noël, Alyson, and Vincent Chong. 2017. The Bone Thief. First edition. Delacorte Press.
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      Noël, A. and Chong, V. (2017) The bone thief. First edition. Delacorte Press. Available at: (Accessed: 27 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Noël, A & Chong, V 2017, The bone thief, First edition., Delacorte Press, viewed 27 November 2020, .
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      Noël, Alyson, and Vincent Chong. The Bone Thief. First edition., Delacorte Press, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Noël, Alyson, and Vincent Chong. The Bone Thief. First edition. Delacorte Press, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Noël A, Chong V. The bone thief [Internet]. First edition. Delacorte Press; 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 27]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 September #2

Quiver Hollows is a world in which the unique and the unusual are prized and the normal is very strange. Orphaned Grimsly is the most ordinary resident, his only claim to fame being that he's the director of a pet funeral home. When Grimsly becomes the first to fail the annual sixth-grade spoon-bending test, everyone begins to notice normal things happening to the town—and they blame Grimsly. Unbeknownst to him, the act of taking over the graveyard made him the new Keeper of the Bones. Turns out, the animal bones are what give the town its magic. Now someone from the Outside—someone connected to Grimsly's past—has stolen those bones. Grimsly will have to find the man responsible, uncover his own past, and realize that maybe he isn't as normal and boring as he's been led to believe. Noël has created a magical world full of young kids with special abilities that evokes the atmosphere of the early Harry Potter books. Fans of fantasies and quirky characters will love this offering. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring

Orphan and pet-funeral director Grimsly Summerfield is the only normal boy in the enchanted town of Quiver Hollows; so, obviously, he's blamed when the village begins losing its magic. Grimsly must travel to the normal world to break an ancient curse and stop the destruction of his beloved home. Unfortunately, the inventive magical world is compromised by a nothing-new plot and shallow characters. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 September #1

Twelve-year-old orphan Grimsly Summerfield has the distinction of being the only normal resident of Quiver Hollows, a magical town where waterfalls flow in endless loops and people have supernatural abilities. In order to make himself more interesting, Grimsly begins to perform pet funerals at Summerfield Lawn, next to the twisted metal house he shares with Professor Snelling, his adoptive father. When things in Quiver Hollows start to become less magical, Grimsly is the natural person to blame. To save the only home he's ever known, Grimsly must travel to the outside world to figure out what is happening. Noël (Five Days of Famous) takes a familiar trope—the special orphan—and inverts it in a way that recalls Gitty Daneshvari's League of Unexceptional Children series (Grimsly is special precisely because he's so completely ordinary). Despite this twist, most of the magical elements will strike fantasy fans as overly familiar. It's an entertaining story, but not one that distinguishes itself from the pack. Ages 10–up. Agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.