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Doll Bones By Holly Black Doll Bones 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 Al

  • Title: Doll Bones
  • Author: Holly Black
  • ISBN: 9780804122917
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Doll Bones By Holly Black 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 allA 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 sinister And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches
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    1. Jesse (JesseTheReader) on said:

      While this was an interesting read and even a bit creepy, it didn t completely grab me like I d hoped it would The romance in this book felt so out of place and unnecessary It didn t do anything for me and I didn t find that it did anything for the plot I also felt like the pacing of this book seemed a bit off I am happy that I took the time to read this, but to me it just wasn t anything spectacular.

    2. Hannah Greendale on said:

      Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been playing make believe for as long as they ve been friends With pirates and mermaids, thieves and warriors, their imaginary realm is ruled by the Great Queen, a bone china doll Poppy s mom keeps locked in a cabinet When their dreams reveal the bone china doll is haunted by a girl who longs to be buried with her deceased family, Zach, Poppy, and Alice set off on a real adventure to lay the girl to rest Doll Bones doesn t shy away from the macabre and there are quite [...]

    3. Betsy on said:

      I don t watch much horror in general I m what you might call a chicken When I do see it, though, I m not particularly disturbed by random splattering and gore The psychological stuff is far of a lure for me If I m going to be honest, though, one of the scariest things I ever saw was on the cheesiest of television shows It was this insider look into the world of ghosts and on the show we heard about a haunted home It was a well lit suburban house and we watched as a woman took off her shoes, wal [...]

    4. Giselle on said:

      Holly Black is one of few who can write something as cute as it is creepy Doll Bones is a Middle Grade novel that is full of adventure and friendship really the only type of MG books I read and enjoy It s the story of Zach, Poppy, and Alice who have been friends for such a long time that their friendship feels familiar even to us I immediately felt attuned to their mutual trust and support Not giving in when the other kids laughed at them for playing with action figures But then one day the game [...]

    5. Micah Francis on said:

      I loved this book I was hesitant going in because it is a middle grade book I was pleasantly surprised This book pulled me in immediately The writing was amazing and I loved the illustrations Three friends play an imaginary game When Zach can no longer play, the game is over Until Poppy has a dream about the bone China doll that acts as the queen of their game Thus begins their quest and creeping happenings along the way This book was fun and the writing was perfect Recommend for everyone.

    6. Kelly (and the Book Boar) on said:

      Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I read Doll Bones a couple of weeks ago, but then life got in the way as it sometimes does and I didn t ever get around to writing a review BUUUUUUUUUT I remembered I had not yet reviewed it and made sure to do an auto renewal of my library book in order to save all the highlighting and notes about the story that were contained on my Kindle And then I received notice that my auto renewal failed, but the book was still available for me to re download withou [...]

    7. Laura on said:

      Do you live, read, and breathe stories Does the idea of causing trouble make you grin Do you believe in magic Then Holly Black s Doll Bones is the book for you The pull and power of a story on the page and off the cuff, free flowing narratives can hold the secrets of the world for me True magic can be found in a story I have always believed that and always will A belief that can t be taken away from us Right He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies Thri [...]

    8. Trudi on said:

      I came at this little book with expectations waaaay too high, and my overall tepid response to it is the result That cover, that awesome cover screams epic creep I wanted Coraline This is not Coraline I hate to pit books against each other in caged death matches, but my reader brain kept doing that here, and guess which competitor got gutted and left for dead It was gruesome to watch so ill prepared was the one for the other Doll Bones will have some appeal to younger middle grade readers It s n [...]

    9. Kayla Dawn on said:

      Super sch ne und ein klitzekleines bisschen gruselige Geschichte

    10. Hayley Knighten on said:

      I read this to my 9 year old son and we both loved it He loved the adventure, I loved how Black so perfectly captured that age just before adolescence.As an adult, I think we forget sometimes how scary it was being a kid and realizing that growing up means putting away your toys and venturing off into the unknown of dating and adolescence.The kids in this book are so fun and the parents were also incredibly well crafted.Then there is the ghost story, that was spooky enough to keep our interest w [...]

    11. Ferdy on said:

      Pretty boring The characters weren t very interesting or likeable, all they did was snap at each other, and the MC was so unbelievably generic and dull There was nothing remotely scary, creepy, adventurous or dramatic about the story, it was all so blah.The illustrations weren t impressive either, they didn t really add anything to the book.

    12. Kristina Horner on said:

      I ended up having a good time reading this book, but I didn t love it I often had a hard time believing these kids were twelve and not in their late teens, the crush between two of the main characters felt shoe horned in, and the way Zach reacted to his dad throwing out his toys refusing to tell his friend what happened and just closing off seemed I don t know Extreme Unnecessary While the plot was fun, it felt like a book trying to achieve A Series of Unfortunate Events levels of disbelief susp [...]

    13. Barb Middleton on said:

      My best friend, Ginny, and I would sneak into the storm sewer system that emptied into the nature center bordering our adjacent backyards, huddle around a candle it was exciting striking a match than flipping a flashlight switch and whisper ghost stories to each other We d hike in the inky darkness bent at the waist until reaching a manhole where we d straighten up looking at a spotlight of sunshine near a small hole at the top Sometimes I d climb the rungs to get closer to the light feeling re [...]

    14. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      I didn t place this on any of my shelves as it comes to us in the clothes of a ghost story but I would say that it s not truly that Mostly I believe this is what I d call a coming of age story The book is the story of three young people growing up and trying to move from childhood into adulthood with the cards often stacked against them placed in the atmosphere of a ghost story.We meet the 3 young people that we will travel with as the book opens A young man and two young women or a boy and 2 g [...]

    15. Donalyn on said:

      What if our childhood games and fantasies were real When is childhood over Three children on the edge of adolescence set off on one last adventure in answer to a dead girl s wishes Beautifully written I particularly enjoyed the friendships between Poppy, Zach, and Alice Scary, but not too scary I plan to read Doll Bones to my 5th graders this year.

    16. TheBookSmugglers on said:

      Zach, Poppy and Alice are friends who have known each other for ever The three love coming up with awesome stories and to play them out with their action figure toys Their current story follows pirate William the Blade and his ally the thief Lady Jaye on a quest for The Queen, played by an ancient china doll When they reach a point when William the Blade is about to find out the truth about his past, the unthinkable happens Zach s father throws away all of his action figures because according to [...]

    17. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) on said:

      Did you know that the fear of dolls is called Pediophobia It is I just learned something new just now about my deep seated fear of antique dolls Suffice it to say that I for one find antique dolls very creepy Apparently, I m not alone Holly Black seemed to take pediophobia and run with it Imagine these kids who have their elaborate role playing game that involves action figures and dolls, and they employ one of the girl s mom s prized possessions as the Great Queen She rules over the imaginary l [...]

    18. Benji Martin on said:

      Oh man Where did this Holly Black come from She s always been a pretty good writer to me I really liked the Curse Workers series, but this is a new, and drastically improved Holly Black This is Newbery award worthy stuff, guys This passes anything Holly Black has written so far, by miles, and it s also better than any 2013 book I ve read so far I really think it s leading the Newbery race at this point.The problem is, when a book is leading the Newbery race, people start picking at it and lookin [...]

    19. pink (not just another shade of red) on said:

      Doll Bones is not just a story about a doll possessed by a ghost It s not just a story about three kids going to an adventure to bury a dead girl s remains It is a story about pirates sailing unto endless quests, mermaids asking for sacrifices, dangerous dukes, thieves, and the changes and choices everyone has to go through growing up It reminded me so much of my own childhood, making up worlds and adventures in my own backyard, inventing ghosts rattling outside the window, and being both scared [...]

    20. rachel • typed truths on said:

      I know a lot of older readers avoid middle grade stories because they feel too old to be reading them I ve always scoffed at those types of readers because a truly good story should be accessible to all readers There is no age limit on adventure but Doll Bones with its twelve year old protagonists made me feel old, despite the mere five year age gap between me and the characters I struggled to get invested into this story and, as much as I tried, I could not relate to either Poppy, Alice or Zach [...]

    21. Jessica on said:

      A charming coming of age story and a ghost story all rolled into one I was worried that this would be too scary for me, I m a huge chicken when it comes to ghosts, but it s lite on horror and goes into far depth about the nature of friendship and how that can change as you grow up A lovely book

    22. Julie Zantopoulos on said:

      So not okay with a book about a ghost possessed doll but this was a cute story about kids coming of age, questing, feeding their imaginations and facing difficulties with families It was a really cute middle grade ghost adventure and a fun audiobook read.

    23. Jonathan Peto on said:

      Doll Bones is simpler than I expected Elements of it were ambiguous, and those elements seem to mask a complexity that has not completely sunk in, but for now, for me, what I loved, or almost loved, or would have absolutely loved, remained undeveloped.Oh, well.Those undeveloped things include the interesting dynamic between Poppy, Zach and Alice Zach narrates They have been friends for years but they re entering a time of change and their friendship seems unlikely to last This was fascinating te [...]

    24. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) on said:

      I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks for the opportunity.China dolls, creepy looking china dolls Oh yes, I know what they are like This book made me remember being a young child and being afraid of a porcelain doll that sounded similar to the doll in the book This doll sat in a cupboard at my Nana s house and everytime I got sent to the cupboard to get something one eye open would watch me I remember my heart hammering in my [...]

    25. Robert on said:

      Newbery Honor 2014 Three friends go on a quest of adventure to put the spirit of long deceased girl at rest Quite a lot of fun and just the right amount of spookiness It will make you believe in ghosts One thing, and this is probably just me, I kept confusing the characters of Poppy and Alice There are portraits of the three characters on the back cover, which I appreciated But still, it seemed to me that Poppy was a better name for the dark haired girl, and Alice was better suited to the redhea [...]

    26. Janni on said:

      Sure, this book is about creepy dolls and bone china made with real bones, which would be reason enough to read it But it s also a story about pretend games and story telling, how we need them, how we struggle to hang on to them as we get older, and how their role changes and doesn t change as we do Lovely stuff that hits the right buttons for those of us who never gave up on playing pretend ourselves.

    27. Suzanne on said:

      When I was a kid, there was a ghost story we told called The China Doll It had the reputation for being the most terrifying story anybody knew, and before a telling began, we d repeat the lore about the previous times it had been told At so and so s slumber party it made someone cry At a different party, it made a girl puke And finally, the worst, a girl got so scared she had to call their mom to pick her up Everyone was offered the opportunity to leave the room before the story began, in case t [...]

    28. Rose on said:

      Carino, davvero, ma secondo me la Black doveva svilupparlo meglio Il finale non mi piaciuto, finiscono la loro missione e poi Basta, mi aspettavo che la bambola facesse qualcosa ma okay Poi, i tre ragazzi protagonisti sono dodicenni, quindi io, leggendo un libro dove ci sono dei dodicenni, mi aspetto che il loro linguaggio sia semplice ovvero collegato alla loro et , ma qui usano paroloni che nemmeno io uso, e ho vent anni.Per il resto una storia carina che a volta mi metteva ansia.

    29. Justine on said:

      An absolutely fantastic read aloud story about friendship mixed with adventure and the cool edge of a ghost s tale Not too scary for a seven year old, but enough tension to keep a ten year old wondering and the adult reader and listeners engaged and interested in the outcome.

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