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Doll Bones

Black, Holly (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Authors: Black, Holly
Title: Doll bones
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 244 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Audience: 840L
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor, 2014
Additional Contributors: Wheeler, Eliza
ISBN: 1416963987
9781416963981
Statement of Responsibility: Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
Subject Headings: Ohio Fiction. Family problems Fiction. Ghosts Fiction. Dolls Fiction. Friendship Fiction. Adventure and adventurers Fiction. Ohio Juvenile fiction. Dysfunctional families Juvenile fiction. Ghost stories. Dolls Juvenile fiction. Friendship Juvenile fiction. Adventure stories.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Family problems
Ghosts
Dolls
Friendship
Adventure and adventurers
Dysfunctional families
Ghost stories.
Dolls
Friendship
Adventure stories.
LCCN: 2012018299
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Comment by: m2 Sep 10, 2013

Wow! Holly Black is a powerful and wonderful author. This was creepy (while being very realistic fiction) but the power of the story is in the relationships between the characters and the theme of the story: how to maintain our love of collaborative story beyond our younger years. All of us that ... Read More »

Comment by: LocketLibrarian Aug 10, 2013

I love Holly Black.
I sadly didn't adore this book. It felt a little rushed, and was a little short in the detail. I didn't feel I really knew the characters, and the level of mystery could have probably been solved with a google search instead of a quest.

As a librarian, I debate the target ... Read More »


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Jul 22, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

the book tries to be scary but isn't really

Jul 15, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a real chiller! I absolutely loved it!

Jul 04, 2014
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is such a good book! It is scary, funny, and very, very interesting! I think that in the rest of the book there will be many scary surprises.

Jun 18, 2014
  • peggyandi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was great!!! I loved it.

NYPL Staff Pick
A creepy china doll, a quest to lay its ghost to rest, and three friends on the verge of growing up set out on their last childhood adventure together.

NYPL Staff Pick
A creepy china doll, a quest to lay its ghost to rest, and three friends on the verge of growing up set out on their last childhood adventure together.

Greatest book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 04, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Delightfully creepy.

Three kids play a very elaborate game but they are getting older and some of their interests are differing and one child's father is quite mean about his son playing with dolls. When one child doesn't want to play anymore a final quest appears as if on command. Whether or not you believe that the ghost is real or that everyone is being manipulated it's a great story about growing up and how things don't really change but rather take on different forms.

I really loves this book xD. make it less creepy thought. nah jk I loved it. I love creepy but not to creepy :P. holly I ladore this book. make more :3 please please please make more :)

Feb 04, 2014
  • DSully3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exciting, spooky tale of three friends drifting apart as they grow closer to their teen years, who come together for a haunting adventure to bury a china doll that might inhabit the ghost of a child who died long ago. Great selection for grade 4-7 book club.

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Jul 03, 2014
  • Red_Cobra_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Red_Cobra_111 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Jun 19, 2014
  • Violet_Jellyfish_30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violet_Jellyfish_30 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Feb 09, 2014
  • blue_bird_1230 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_bird_1230 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Orange_Fox_1 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Mar 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jul 15, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Creepy dolls? A wild adventure? A broken friendship? Try out this book! Doll Bones is a real chiller! Three kids on a mission to fix their friendship and a crime that happened years ago.
A haunted tale about Zach, Poppy, and Alice in a tree full of twisted branches. How will these kids reach their destination?
On a bus with alien-faced bus drivers? By hijacking a boat and almost drowning all that they came for? Breaking into a library for a map?
Eerie.
Funny.
Creepy.
Adventurous.
This book has it all!

Mar 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By and large middle schoolers do not play with dolls. But Zach, Poppy and Alice have been playing “the game” for years and it’s only gotten better with time. Using dolls of every type they spin wild tales and live out personalities different from their own. That is, until Zach’s dad throws out his toys in an effort to stop the game. Ashamed, Zach lies to his friends that he no longer wants to play. This act leads to unforeseen consequences when, in desperation, Poppy releases a bone china doll from her mother’s cabinet, only to find herself haunted by the ghost of a long dead girl. Inside the doll are ashes and if any of the three is to get any peace they will have to bury the doll in a specific grave. If they succeed they’ll have fulfilled their quest. If they fail? They may suffer worse than a ghost’s wrath. They might be . . . ordinary.

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Jul 15, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

''Everything froze for a long moment. The Queen hit the waves with barely a splash, the water seemed to soak her dress in slow motion, drawing it down''.

Jul 15, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

''Zach didn't think about it. He dove''.

Jan 07, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

But Zach wanted [ghosts] to be real, wanted that desperately.

If they were real, then maybe the world was big enough to have magic in it. And if there was magic--even bad magic, and Zach knew it was more likely that there was bad magic than any good kind--then maybe not everyone had to have a story like his father's, a story like the kind all the adults he knew told, one about giving up and growing bitter. He might have been embarrassed to wish for magic back home, but there in the woods, it seemed possible. He looked over at the cruel, glassy eyes of the doll, so close that she could have touched his face.

Anything was better than no magic at all.

Mar 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies.”

Mar 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I hate that you’re going to leave me behind. I hate that everyone calls it growing up, but it seems like dying. It feels like each of you is being possessed and I’m next.”

Mar 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Before Lady Jaye, Alice’s favorite character had been a Barbie named Aurora who had been raised by a herd of carnivorous horses.”

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Jul 15, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Doll Bones-Book Trailer

Creepy dolls? A wild adventure? A broken friendship? Try out this book! Doll Bones is a real chiller! Here is a book trailer that'll knock your socks off! Note: I do not own this video and nor have I made it.

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