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"Tightly focused, realistic tale--bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness.... Stories about the importance of stories...don't come much more forthright and affecting than this one."
*"A darn good adventure."
"[An] eerie, tender novel."
"A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go."--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award winning author of When You Reach Me
"Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. "Doll Bones "is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on."--Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
"Every encounter redraws the blurry lines between childishness and maturity, truth and lies, secrecy and honesty, magic and madness. Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"It's as psychologically haunting as the ghost girl's physical haunting....Black begins with an ordinary experience of childhood and gives it a wicked twist to reveal the truth at the center of the impulse for storytelling."--Jennifer M. Brown "Shelf Awareness, starred review "
"For the 10-12 year-old reader..."Doll Bones" may be perfect....It s a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at times heartbreaking and deliciously weird. --Lauren Oliver "New York Times Book Review ""
"Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Doll Bones is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on."--Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
"For the 10-12 year-old reader...Doll Bones may be perfect....It's a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at times heartbreaking and deliciously weird."--Lauren Oliver "New York Times Book Review " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An award-winning tale about ghosts, growing up and the power of stories, written by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. Now available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Unaware of the real reason that Zach is avoiding them, the girls attempt to lure Zack back to the game by freeing the Queen. Once freed from the glass, the Queen's own creepy story begins to unfold. Who is Elspeth Kercher? Why is Poppy suddenly dreaming as her? Are those her bones ground up inside that china doll?
In an attempt to end the game for good, the friends must go together on one last mission to lay the bones of The Queen, Elspeth Kercher to rest in her hometown in the adjacent state. Then maybe she will stop haunting them.
The story is beautifully written and the characters are brilliant- unique, full of their own characteristics, opinions and behaviour with a wonderful dynamic, the reader really gets the sense that they've known each other forever. The pace is excellent and the story, though spooky and spine tingling, is not overly dramatic, the adventure remains within the realms of believability, despite its supernatural nature. I really liked the increasingly complicated relationship between the three protagonists, how their adventure helped them to reconnect and how they coped with their impending adulthood and changing dynamic. It was tragic, in an inevitable sense, but sweet to see.
I loved how much the author cared about the value and the beauty of stories and imagination- through fantasy and play as youngsters and then through to fiction when we are older and what an effect this can have on our lives. I loved how desperate the characters, Zach in particular, were to hold onto that magic- but also how relieved they were to realise that stories and adventure can outlast childhood if you would only allow it to.
It made me feel nostalgic for the boundless imagination that only comes with being a kid, but thankful that the powers of stories are appreciated by contemporary characters. A well crafted story with excellent characters and a spooky, pacy plot that has a lovely folkish reality to it. Funny, full of warmth and mystery and some chilling moments.
If I could have read this when I was 12 (way back in the 60s, as the song says) it might have saved me some pain & anger.
This book has friendship adventure and maybe just enough creep-factor for 9-12 year old children. I can definitely recommend this book to that age group.
Delightfully dark, it takes you on a quest to discover the truth behind a delicate bone china doll where the three main characters learn about themselves and each other and how the world works outside of their usual bubble.
An imaginative trio who make up adventures for their collections of action figures and dolls, Zach, Poppy and Alice are best friends until Zach's father throws away all of his action figures and can't get them back.
Zach tries to quit the game but something odd brings them back together. The china doll they call The Queen suddenly starts appearing in Poppy's dreams as a real girl. A girl who claims the doll is made from her own bones and needs to be returned to her grave to be with her parents.
Zach and Alice are dubious at first, Poppy is a willful character who probably wouldn't be above making things up to get Zach back in the game but then Zach starts getting the dreams too and it all gets a bit too real.
Fast paced and exciting, I raced through this novel without wanting to put it down. The characters were bold and funny and the settings were deep and real, told from the perspective of lost and freaked out almost-teenagers, making the whole thing totally immersive.
Interspersed with beautiful illustrations which added to the sinister story, Doll Bones is a wonderful example of how horror is for children too - it is scary and creepy but has enough comedy and a feel-good ending that it won't leave anyone traumatised.
Very satisfying and great fun to read as an adult, too.
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I found this kids book rather weird with some pictures.Read more