Adventure and adventurers
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 »
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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Red_Cobra_111 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over
Violet_Jellyfish_30 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over
blue_bird_1230 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
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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?
This book has it all!
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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''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''.
''Zach didn't think about it. He dove''.
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.
“He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies.”
“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.”
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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.