Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times bestselling cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
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?
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, and her new ghostly middle grade novel, Doll Bones. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She currently lives in New England with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.
"A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go."
-Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award winning author of When You Reach Me
"Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Doll Bones is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on."
-Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
"Tightly focused, realistic tale?e"bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness.... Stories about the importance of stories...don?e(TM)t come much more forthright and affecting than this one."
"Every encounter redraws the blurry lines between childishness and maturity, truth and lies, secrecy and honesty, magic and madness. Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"A?darn good adventure."
"It's as psychologically haunting as the ghost girl's physical haunting....Black begins with an ordinary experience of childhood and gives it a wicked twist to reveal the truth at the center of the impulse for storytelling."
-Jennifer M. Brown
"For the 10-12 year-old reader...Doll Bones may be perfect....It?e(TM)s a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at times heartbreaking and deliciously weird.?e
"[An]?eerie, tender novel".
*"This novel is a chilling ghost story, a gripping adventure, and a heartwarming look at the often-painful pull of adulthood."
"Black poignantly and realistically captures how adolescence inherently brings change; how growing up affects the ways children play; and the inevitable tests friendships face."
*"Black manages a careful balancing act of reality and fantasy, using the effectively creepy ghost story as the backdrop to a poignant exploration of what is lost along the way to adulthood...Keenly felt."
"Compelling, chill-at-the-nape tale with dynamics and emotional depth... The novel?e(TM)s eerie vibe and eek-worthy plot may keep readers turning pages into the wee hours, but it?e(TM)s the vivid characters and skillfully developed themes of identity, friendship and loss that linger long in the mind."