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Doll Bones

By Holly Black and Eliza Wheeler
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Publisher Description

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor’s Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book. A NYPL “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.” A 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. A People Magazine “Best New Kids Book.” Six starred reviews!

Winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor Medal.

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

Doll Bones is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on four Best Book lists, and was called "perfect" by The New York Times.

67 Reviews

“Una lettura piacevole e veloce, ideale per questo periodo, dato gli esami; una storia tenera ed, a tratti, inquietante. Richiama decisamente i toni di Neil Gaiman. La tripla stella gliela lascio, perché avrei decisamente adorato questa storia se l'avessi letta quand'ero bambina.”
“I love the dark and mysterious stories and movies, like the stuff that comes out of Tim Burton’s mind. The cover of Doll Bones totally intrigued me and I was so glad I listened to it. The audiobook was read by Nick Podehl and was 5 hours, 13 minutes long. Likes: The story was so full of imagination! It was like larping with action figures, the kids were old enough to know they were playing but still had huge imaginations and really took on their character’s roles. I love that they would pass around notes and continue with the story even when they weren’t together. Sometimes it seems like imagination is gone with technology. The characters were each unique and well done. I really enjoyed every one of them and felt their pain and happiness. The quest was awesome, it was realistic yet imaginative. I would love to go on a quest in the “real world.” Dislikes: I didn’t really have any other than I wanted more. It was sad when the story ended! For more reviews visit http://aflurryofponderings.blogspot.com/ https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1388109344i/7741145.png”
“This was a nice quick listen while I wasn't able to read my other book.”
“I'm a huge fan of Holly Black. I know that she's not for everyone, but I always find something about her writing to be so nostalgic. This one was no different. When you were little did you play with your friends so completely that you were the characters you were play acting? Did you ever roll play games that were spontaneous but also once you were called in for dinner, you'd head back out the next day and pick up where you left off? Well I did, and this story transported me back to that time; a time of playing in backyards, on sidewalks, in the woods, and beside steams. Have you ever told creepy doll stories where the kid wakes in the night to find the doll on one the nightstand when it should have been on the shelf across the room? The dolls eyes seems to follow the child, until the doll gets thrown away, only to return to the shelf inexplicably the next day. Have you ever felt the awkwardness of being still interested in childish things while simultaneously knowing that you are getting too old for them? The pain of growing out of things and into others, like human attraction, becoming more serious about art and information, getting a job, etc. This coming of age story reached into my memories of my life experiences as a middle schooler and transported me. Not necessarily in a comfortable way. But it was evocative...and creepy, being a ghost story aimed at kids.”
“Not enough creepiness, but good mindless listen for while working!”

About Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories, and comics. She has been a finalist for an Eisner and a Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. She has sold over twenty-six million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

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