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Doll Bones by Holly Black

Posted by Caitie F on July 5, 2014

Title: Doll Bonesdoll
Author: Holly Black
Hardcover: 247 pages
Pub Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity.


I have heard so much about this book and am going to LeakyCon in less than a month, so i wanted to read some Holly Black books and my library had this one!

If you pick it up, stick with it through the first few chapters. Both my husband and I thought it started really slowly. He gave up, but I went on with it and am so glad I did!

The book was the perfect mixture of strong characterization, a quest, and some creepiness. Growing up is hard and all three characters deal with it in different ways. I think young readers will be able to connect with at least one of them. They are all going through different struggles with growing up, but they are all relatable. I really thought Poppy’s perspective was interesting. At one point, she says “I hate that everyone calls it growing up, but it seems like DYING.”

While that wasn’t my experience, I think it was an experience a lot of kids have when they can;t just play anymore, hormones kick in, and their friends move into different cliques and apart. Holly Black just seems to get that.

But it isn’t just a coming of age story, it also a creepy adventure that every kid dreams of. Loved every moment of that, especially when they complained about all the walking.

The doll is SO creepy and the real story is even creepier. I love a good ghost story and it delivered

This is a great book and I understand why it has so much acclaim.


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