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Doll Bones by Holly Black

15944406Doll Bones
Holly Black
2013 Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN – 9781416963981
Genre – Mystery
Age – Middle School
4 Stars


Poppy, Alice, and Zach are best friends. They love creating characters and making up adventures about pirates, warriors, mermaids, and the Queen, which is a bone porcelain china doll. After Zach’s dad throws out all of his characters, Zach decides to stop playing these games. But then a ghost begins to approach Poppy telling her a story about her death, and that she will not rest until the doll is buried. So Poppy and Alice approach Zach and beg him to join in on one final real life adventure. Will they be able to put the ghost’s soul to rest?

I thought this book was solid. I liked the way that it showed three kids that still actively use their imaginations instead of playing video games and watching TV all day long. These kids were brave and active, and just plain fun. I liked that it addressed the changing dynamics of individuals and groups of friends during the middle school time period. It can be a hard and sad transition, and Holly Black does a great job of portraying these changes. I understand that these changes do happen, but at times I was super frustrated by them while reading. I just wanted to yell at the pages and tell the kids to get over themselves. Although I was frustrated, I see this as a sign of a good book. I also liked that the entire book, I wanted to know if they would succeed in their mission, and because of that, I read it in one sitting.

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