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  Doll Bones by Holly Black

Review by: Hailey B.
British Columbia, Grade 7

​“He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies.” Zach, Poppy, and Alice who have been friends forever, have been playing an everlasting game of pirates and mermaids ever since they met. Not giving in when the other kids laughed at them for playing with action figures. Zach’s dad had forced Zach to give up childhood games and play basketball. But then one day the game got a little bit more real, and it involves a creepy bone china doll whose clay was made from human bones. Little girl bones. And the body of the doll is filled with her leftover ashes. The dolls spirit speaks to Zach, Poppy, and Alice, sending them on a quest, to bring her back to her grave.

Obviously, there is a fantastic creepy factor to this book, mostly all to this alive spirited doll. It is in fact a middle grade novel so it's the fun kind of creepy, nothing to give you nightmares over, but still enough to engage a lot of readers. A lot of it is being open to interpretation, did the doll really move itself during the night, or was it the animal who trashed their campsite? This is why this book is really great. Imagination is what brought the friends together, and it's what turned this story into a fantasy adventure.

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