Skip Ashworth
josh and the Skeleton
Christmas Eve Discovery
Join Josh and his dog, Flash, on a thrilling Christmas Eve discovery in snowy Oklahoma. Encounter legends, mysteries, and the haunting adventure that unfolds in ‘Josh and the Skeleton.’

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Josh and the Skeleton: Christmas Eve Discovery

Josh gulped hard, trying to catch his breath. What’s that, boy? Flash barked but didn’t look back at his master. I don’t remember seeing that truck there before now. Flash’s curiosity finally took over, and he sprinted toward the snow-covered blue pickup. The door windows were down, and the front windshield was shattered into a sea-green mosaic of a thousand pieces. Is that what I think it is, Flash? Is that a bone hanging out of the window? On a snowy, Oklahoma Christmas Eve, Josh and his dog, Flash, happen upon a skeleton in an old pickup on the Cheyenne campground area Josh isn’t allowed to visit. When Grandpa was alive, he told Josh the Cheyenne legends, including the one about ghosts who weren’t properly buried. Grandpa would know what to do about the skeleton, but he’s not here anymore, and Grandma doesn’t believe in the Cheyenne stories. Josh continues to be haunted by ghosts, memories of Grandpa, and the mysterious black crow who seems to be telling him something. Then one night Flash runs away, and Josh must confront all of his biggest fears. Will Josh be able to do the right thing? Find out in Josh and the Skeleton


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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023

“Josh and the Skeleton: Christmas Eve Discovery” by Skip Ashworth
was among the books displayed by Author Reputation Press during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023 at the University of Southern California on April 22-23, 2023. This mystery-thriller narrative is about conquering your fears.

The much-anticipated annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023 was held on April 22–23, 2023. It was attended by nearly 500 authors and hundreds of exhibitors. The festival was launched to connect individuals who read books with those who write them. The range of book genres exhibited at the festival captivated readers of all ages. Witness musical performances, readings from authors, exciting exhibits, and much more!
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Book ReviewTestimonial

Mystery Person

As Josh moved to follow the dog’s lead, the black crow messenger swooped down, almost hitting him as he started to run.

Ashworth creates an interesting tale with engaging characters and a nice mix of ghost story, outdoor adventure, and personal development. There are hints of Jack London in the storytelling, and readers familiar with Gary Paulsen’s work will fi nd a home in this book. The writing is clear, and the story is well-paced. Ashworth really shines in nailing the appropriate tone and vocabulary for the upper elementary/ lower middle-grade readers he targets. This book should be a great addition to the libraries found in those schools, and it would be a good gift to give to those who enjoy outdoor adventures. It is particularly well-suited to the reluctant male reader who steers clear of lengthy reads.

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