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"Zach, Poppy, and Alice love to play adventure games with dolls and action figures- but only in private, because everyone in middle school thinks they are too old for such games. When Poppy tells a tale about the china doll Queen haunting her dreams, is she inventing a real life quest? Or does the ghost within the Queen really exist?"
"The story follows 3 children who love to play and make up imaginative
stories. At the center of these games has always been the Great Queen, a
china doll who rules over all the play. The children are now in middle
school and one of them, Zach, with the influence of his father believes
he’s too old for play and is ready to end their games and potentially
friendship. But when one of the girls starts dreaming of this doll they
realize there is more to it than just a toy. The doll contains a ghost,
and the ghost must be put to rest. It’s so
imaginative and creepy"
"In the expert hands of Holly Black, this spooky tale of dolls and ghosts
and bones shines with depth and originality as it puts a unique spin on
traditional themes of friendship, storytelling, and growing up"
— Meghan G.
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 "People Magazine" "Best New Kids Book." Six starred reviews 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 five Best Book lists, and was called "perfect" by "The New York Times.