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.

Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9781416963981
1416963987
Characteristics: 244 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Mar 15, 2015
  • squirrel_grrl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Creepy! And fun! Everyone who I told even a snippet of the story to had to go out and borrow it right away. It's got great hooks!

Jan 02, 2015
  • 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 his 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?

Sep 21, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Been reading some juvenile fiction lately after the suggestion of a friend. This was a cute little book. I imagine it would have been a lot scarier if I were 10.

Aug 08, 2014
  • ririshres2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is real good. A great horror adventure book.

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.

Jun 12, 2014

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.

Jun 12, 2014

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.

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Aug 08, 2014
  • ririshres2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ririshres2 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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

Sep 27, 2013

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.

''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.

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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