Angie Smibert is the author of several young adult books, including Memento Nora, The Forgetting Curve, and The Meme Plague, numerous nonfiction books for children, as well as many short stories for both adults and teens. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
This mystical mystery...effectively evokes the Appalachian culture with written dialect and a cultural emphasis on storytelling that'll snag even history-resistant readers. Readers will definitely invest in Bone's journey. Bone's Gift is just the opening installment of the Ghosts of Ordinary Objects trilogy. - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review In a genuine voice that sucks readers into Appalachia during World War II, Smibert tells an absorbing coming-of-age story. The narrative has the feel of the Appalachian folktales that the protagonist loves so much, with a mix of realism and magic. Smibert weaves the folktales intricately into the story. Middle graders won't want Bone's story to end. - School Library Journal Part fantasy, part mystery, and part history, Smibert's Bone's Gift will have broad appeal. The descriptive writing makes it easy to imagine living in a coal-mining town in WWII-era Virginia. It is clear that Smibert conducted thorough research to create a realistic setting. Fans of cozy mysteries and time travel will enjoy this book. -VOYA This historical fiction story with supernatural elements is the first book in the Ghosts of Ordinary Objects trilogy. The accurate use of Southern Appalachian dialect...gives the book a charming authenticity. The author's note at the end provides sources regarding the historical accuracy of the novel and the Appalachian folklore. - School Library Connection Smibert surrounds Bone with a loving, complicated extended family....(with) language, which feels real and down-to-earth, like her characters. An intriguing blend of history and magic. - Kirkus Reviews