Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Doll Bones

Holly Black

From the publisher: Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity...

I have to say that I loved this book. It felt so realistic, while simultaneously maintaining a paranormal tone. 

Holly Black did a great job presenting Zach, Poppy, and Alice as such relatable characters in their move from childhood to the teen years. 

The best part about Doll Bones is that this story is so much deeper than it seems. This story about a group of kids being haunted by a ghost turns more into a coming of age book. As the story progresses, you see the actual hardships haunting these children. 

I would stay with the recommended age group of 10-12. It has a quick pace to keep a younger readers' attention, but it IS 250 pages.