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Doll [Paperback]

Nicky Singer
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3 Mar 2003

A story of dark emotions and strange friendship, Doll is the eagerly awaited new title from Nicky Singer, following the triumph of her first children’s book, Feather Boy.

Tilly's biker mother gave Tilly a doll when she was on her deathbed. There is something strange about the doll, something dangerous – something which brings Tilly into the path of Jan, a South American boy with his own problems. But there are questions that have not been answered. Is Tilly's mother really dead, or is there a more painful reason for her absence?

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Flamingo; First Edition edition (3 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715416X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154166
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for FEATHER BOY:

“Inventive, original and full of surprises, it’s the sort of dazzling debut novel that most publishers would fall over themselves to snap up…”

“Feather Boy is the most intelligent book for youngsters I’ve read for a very long time. Every 12-year-old will see a bit of themself in Robert and won’t be able to put this book down until Feather Boy’s emotional, thought-provoking climax. Fabulous.”
Funday Times

“Feather Boy is more than just a story about Bullying. It’s bigger than that. It’s about finding your voice, shouting from the rooftops about something you believe in, refusing to back down, never giving up. It’s enormously uplifting.”
John McLay

“Feather Boy is simply fabulous… an emotionally intense suspense novel of the highest order”
Michael Thorn, Achuka

From the Back Cover

TILLY: Sometimes I think my brain is full of locked boxes. And that one day there will be too many boxes and my brain will explode. Then fourteen years of scary things will cascade to the floor and finally I'll have to look. But not now. Not yet.

JAN: The stars of the cold north are not visible to southern eyes, the eyes of his mother. If he were a real Chilean boy, what stars would shine for him? How can he imagine his mother if he cannot imagine her sky?

We are the misfits.

We are the motherless.

We share so much.

But we have nothing in common.

We are twin souls

But we have never met.


Praise for Nicky Singer's first Collins Book, 'Feather Boy'

"Inventive, original and full of surprises, it's the sort of dazzling debut novel that most publishers would fall over themselves to snap up."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASTONISHING 18 Jun 2011
By Laura
Oh. My. God.

I know that makes me sound like a tween, but I don't care. I read the entire thing in one go. This book is truly tremendous. I have been sticking up for YA books online ever since M.C. Gurdon posted her scathing review of such titles in the Wall Street Journal (read it here) on June 4th. Since then I've read a whole bunch of books which I've considered valuable texts; I've read books which were beautifully written and which held depth and meaning.

Doll, however, is one of those YA books that needs to be praised as "literature". Singer writes almost hauntingly echoing prose. The book's protagonists, Tilly and Jan (pronounced Yan) are lost and sad souls who both feel abandoned by their mothers for different reasons.

I know what you're thinking. Girl meets boy, boy comforts girl, they seek solace in each other, fall in love, live happily ever after...right? Wrong. This is what I was expecting. This is even what I was hoping for at times! But Tilly is so damaged that she doesn't want solace. Her pain is what she feels connects her to her lost mother. That...and the doll made from scraps of her mother's life. The doll which whispers in her mother's voice...

Jan is an almost diasporic figure. His mother could not look after him in his native Chile so he is adopted by the Sparks family. He feels disconnected from what he calls "[his] English mother" and cannot reconcile his two identities as he feels that he is both Jan Veron, the South American boy, and Jan Sparks, adopted son of his English parents.

The book is only short, at 208 pages, but it is so rich. The writing is amazing and the characters are dysfunctional yet dazzlingly heart-wrenching. M.C. Gurdon would absolutely effing HATE it! Because this text is dark. It's very dark.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The moment i picked up this book i knew it was something different.Maybe it was the way it was shoved in between two massive piles of bestsellers,or the way it was so anonymous,it was the first book i noticed.From the moment i opened the book,i was hooked. It's about two souls entwined,so different and yet so similar.Tilly,motherless and alone,and Jan,Jan just can't stop thinking about her.It's not trashy,not pretentious,it's told through two 14 year old children,and most of all,it shows that thorugh everything,love can prevail all(yes,were young but capable of feeling still).It might be chance,it might be coincidence,but with such simplicity,thought and new ideas-from the grandfathers in the stars to the red cut on a wrist-this has turned out to be the best book i've read all year.This is literature in it's finest. "We are the misfits,we are the motherless,we share so much,but have nothing in common.We are twin souls,but we have never met,Yet..."
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring boring boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 April 2006
By A Customer
if i could give this book zero stars i would,but as amazon wont let me,i give it one star.
i found this book full of boring writing and to be honest,the writing sounds more like complicated poetry than writing a kid could relate to.
briefly,the book centres around ayoung girlcalled tilly who pretends her mum is dead so that people dont know shes really a drunk whos in a mental institution.
the book is so short and boring,i cant remember anything else.i actually found myself skipping the last two or three chapters just to get to the end(i just skipped over the end paragraphs also)
not recommended for reading,but very useful if you need somethingto throw in your fire at home or bonfire on halloween night.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i can't believe this rubbish... 25 Jan 2006
By A Customer
i read feather boy and i loved it so i thought i need more nicky singer books. so i bought doll. it looked good and the blurb made it sound interesting but how wrong was i????? this book is utter rubbish its just not a good storyline. thats my opinion on this book i would NOT recommend this.
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