Doll Bones

Black, Holly (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Doll Bones

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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
Statement of Responsibility: Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
Title: Doll bones
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. Mcelderry Books,, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 244 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
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Report This 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 :)

Report This 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.

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • JCLMeganB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Super freaky ... in the best possible sense!

Report This Jan 20, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.


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

"He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies." ----- Pretend. Magic. Quests and adventures. Stories. These are the things of childhood, things we're supposed to move beyond as a sign of growing up. ----- Right? ----- That's what twelve-year-old Zach is trying to figure out. For years he has enjoyed playing a game with friends Alice and Poppy, creating stories of adventure together, with action figures and dolls as their props and muses. But Zach has also started playing basketball and hanging out more with "the guys," while Alice has been doing more mature "girl" things. He's doing is best to pursue all of his interests, but comes home from school one day to find his dad has thrown out all his "childish" props and decides he has to quit the game completely. ----- Except Poppy grabs Alice and comes to him in the middle of the night with a new story, one she claims is real. The doll that has been the magical queen behind their stories has come to her as a ghost, asking Poppy to give her the proper burial she never received. Zach suspects Poppy is lying in a last-ditch effort to draw him back into the game, but some creepy things have happened to back up Poppy's claims and he's not entirely sure. Before any of them have time to think, the three friends find themselves stealing away in the middle of the night on their first actual quest, a real life adventure. ----- Is a real life adventure a sign of growing up or of clinging to childhood that should be abandoned?

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • T3arr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love, love this book. I could not put it down, had to finish it. It is very well written. Creepy but not so creepy at thr same time which is great. And the best part of the book is the friendship the characters share and the childhood fooloshness.

Report This Sep 10, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 are screenwriters, playwrights, actors, fantasy game enthusiasts, children's librarians, and others who care about the intersection of community and story will be thrilled. Newbery, I think!

Report This Aug 10, 2013
  • BookFairy119 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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 audience. Characters are junior high age, but actions are more fitting to a younger crowd. I will say I love the cover!

Report This Jul 07, 2013
  • mars76 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Just the right amount of creepy mixed with the right amount of adventure - great, light ghost story!

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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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Report This 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.

Report This 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.”

Report This 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.”

Report This 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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