Return to Bone Tree Hill
by Kristin Butcher
Thistledown Press, 2009
$12.95, 142 pp, ages 11+
A recurring nightmare prompts 18-year-old Jessica Lawler to embark on a search for its meaning in her life. She returns to her childhood home and Bone Tree Hill to recover her memory of the tragic event her nightmare tells her happened when she was twelve. Fearful that illness affected that memory and that she had been guilty of a murder, she pieces together the events of the day on which a school friend disappeared. What really happened to him? Did she attack him with a shovel? What caused all the blood that haunts her nightmare? The mystery itself makes an exciting read but the story is enriched by Kristin Butcher’s lively style and her convincing understanding of adolescents, their loyalties, vulnerabilities and friendships.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s September 2009 issue.