4.5/5 stars. Most families have a skeleton or two in their closet, but few know that the skeletons actually live in a home's Secrets Closet and guard all the fibs and secrets of a house's inhabitants. Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln is an imaginative read about one family's darkest secrets.
Billy Bones is a child skeleton who lives with his skeleton parents in the tiny Secrets Closet at High Manners Manor. The Bones family has the tedious job of guarding the secrets of the Sir Barkley Braggety Biglum family, but Billy longs for adventure. He soon finds it when Sir Barkley's orphaned niece Millicent moves in.
One day the curious Millicent stumbles upon her grandmother, Dame Biglum, who has been shut away for many years. Millicent, also, discovers the hidden Secrets Closet to the surprise of the Bones family. It soon becomes obvious that there are many mysteries lurking around the Manor. Millicent joins forces with her grandmother and Billy to uncover the Biglum family secrets and Sir Barkley's latest plot to gain more wealth at any cost.
Meanwhile, Billy's parents have their own secrets to hide and come under investigation in the Afterlife. The mysteries keep getting deeper and the trio of friends must face many adversities along the way to overcome the evil lurking within the Manor. The biggest secret of all is finding out Billy's true identity. Just who is this boy skeleton? Can they find out in time?
The Bottom Line: An absolutely great read...lots of fun and action. Recommended for kids in Grades 4 - 6 and for kids who never grew up. Also, join Billy Bones in his new adventure in The Road to Nevermore.
Details: Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln, 2008. ISBN: 978 -0-316-014731