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Bonechiller Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 9, 2008

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Grade 9 Up—In this supernatural thriller set in a remote Canadian town in the dead of winter, four friends encounter a cannibalistic creature that is hunting and killing teens. Out late at night, Danny, the narrator, is stung by the terrible monster and it begins to stalk his nightmares. As he becomes increasingly and mysteriously ill, he realizes that his life is in danger. The foursome, after a failed attempt to involve law enforcement, decide to take on the behemoth with stolen dynamite and guns "borrowed" from their fathers. In addition to the main story line, the novel has Danny coming to terms with his mother's recent death and reconnecting with his father. Each of the friends comes across as an individual. Danny's love interest, Ash, a girl boxer who is half Ojibwa, is a particularly dynamic character (Danny's physical reaction to riding with her on her motorbike will ring true with hormonal teens). It is from Ash that Danny first hears stories about Windigos, "big, ugly things…with a chunk of ice for a heart." The unrelenting pace, short chapters, and the idea of teenagers taking on a monster with a large amount of weaponry will certainly appeal to fans of horror novels.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA
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Something is out there, in the cold nothing of the Canadian winter, making teenagers disappear. McNamee’s follow-up to Acceleration (2003) is another page-turning thriller, this time with an eerie supernatural edge that will appeal to fans of psychological horror. Newcomer Danny and his brainy friend Howie have been chased down and stung by a Windigo, a massive cannibalistic beast. Now they are infected, racing against time before being compelled to give in to the beast in the frozen tundra. Ash, whose boxing wows Danny before her kisses do, and Pike, Howie’s pyromaniac brother, also join the hunt. The book starts out with a bang as Pike sets fire to a convenience store, followed by a night race through the icy wilderness. The cold atmosphere pervades the book, and readers will shudder as Danny grows colder himself. Enough backstory is presented to give the characters dimension, but most of the focus is on the danger at hand. The book climaxes in an ammo-laden action sequence that will keep readers perched on the edges of their seats. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038574658X
  • ASIN: B002NPCSNM
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Danny and his father have spent a lot of time moving from town to town after the death of his mother. This time, they are in an icy, barren town in Canada known as Harvest Cove. There may not be much here in the dead of winter, but Danny has managed to find a few friends he feels close with. There is Pike, the troublemaker, Howie, Pike's shy younger brother and then there is Ash, the girl that literally knocked him out when they first met. This may be the first time he feels like he might want to stick around. His father is even reluctantly making friends.

One freezing cold night in the misty darkness, Danny is making his way home when he is attacked by a horrifying creature. As he fights for survival he is knocked into a ditch and he is sure this will be the end of him. Except that the creature only stings him in the hand and lets him go. This mark is the only thing that assures him that what happened was real and not a terrifying nightmare. Danny begins to feel strange and disconnected after his ordeal, leading him to research the creature in the darkness. He finds out that he is not the only one this has happened to and it goes back much further than he could ever imagine. It appears that something is hunting the teens of Harvest Cove, and so far nobody has been able to stop it. Danny is running out of time for himself and he will have to decide if he is willing to risk his life to break this cycle of evil that is plaguing the town. Danny will have his friends to help him, but he may be too late. How can you kill the unkillable, or hunt what should not exist?

Bonchiller is just that. A spooky, scary, pulse-pounding supernatural thriller that will chill you to the bone.
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I really liked Acceleration by this author so I wanted to try another of his books and bought this. It was not as good. But I think teenagers will like it better than I. It's about a group of teenagers in Canada. Two boys get bit by a demon and their bodies start changing. Their friends help.

The best part was the personality Ash. She competed in female boxing matches. She and Danny are on the way to becoming a couple - not there yet. She says things like lets race, if you win you can cop a feel. The ending was good. They did some fun teenager-type things to fight the demon.

The worst part was the author's grammar. Way too many sentences start with "Me and mom are ..." "Me and Howie had ..." Her and Pike check their guns." It was too often and annoying.

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Narrative mode: 1st person Danny. Story length; 294 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day small town in Ontario, Canada. Copyright: 2008. Genre: young adult paranormal suspense.
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By MC on January 11, 2009
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After Acceleration, I'll read anything that Graham McNamee writes. The premise behind Bonechiller with an actual, honest-to-goodness monster was intriguing to me from the start, and on top of that, I had high expectations from this author.

McNamee delivers. His unique use of characters allows him to tell a monster tale from Danny's interesting perspective with support characters, like brothers Pike and Howie, to help him along. The brothers add depth in totally different ways (Pike with his weapons knowledge and Howie with his analytical mind). Danny's love interest Ali adds a dimension of complexity with her Native American roots, boxing prowess, and strangely alluring personality.

Everything McNamee sets up in his story ends up coming together to make this a tidy tale of something that seems uncontrollable: a windigo-like monster who preys on the youth of Northern Canada.

McNamee is the Stephen King for the Young Adult scene. I hope he has a few more like this up his sleeve.
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By LLD on January 15, 2009
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This book was a quick read because it was so good, I didn't want to put it down. The descriptions are great and there is suspense building from page one.
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A solid fast-paced YA horror novel with realistic dialogue and strong characterization. This would be a great selection for librarians, parents, and teachers looking for a good 'boy book,' but the book also contains a very strong and intriguing female character.
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Just at first glance Bonechiller is eye catching and gets your attention through its interesting cover art. When looking at the back of the book you see that it's written by an award winning author and has great reviews. Personally I enjoyed this book tremendously. It is thrilling and occasionally very scary. Usually I shy away from reading books in the horror genre because most books don't describe things well enough to give you that eerie mysterious feeling, but Bonechiller gets it perfectly.
Bonechiller is about a boy and his troubled friends who live in Canada. They end up having multiple terrifyng interactions with a horrifyng, unnatural beast. Although this book starts out to be another subpar monster book it turns out to be creepy and as the title says Bonechilling. The setting is a major part of the book. The cold of the Canadian North is almost a character in itself. Because of it being set in Canada, there are a few cultural references a typical American would not understand. This book is also very well written. The author really gets how to fully describe something to the point it almost feels real, but he also does not play down to the reader. There are many points in the book where the author will make eloquent life actualizing remarks to sum up a chapter.
In conclusion, this book is a great read. I strongly suggest it to people who are not that excited about the genre of horror books, those who are and looking for their next book, and those who have lost their interest in the genre of horror itself. Lastly, this book is a true bonechiller.
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