Doll Bones by Holly Black
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 more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?
I loved this book. I look forward to reading it, over and over again, with my grandchildren. ‘Doll Bones’ by Holly Black is a well written story full of the angst of growing up and scary enough to hold one’s attention.
I enjoy reading paranormal, horror, and thriller books. ‘Doll Bones’ contained all those elements, plus included a fabulous adventure. This book also contains a bit of a love story, well, a little crush really.
Holly Black writes ‘Doll Bones’ with a lot of creativity. I loved the plot line; as the Doll goes from being a tyrant to those under her rule, to a mysterious ghost looking for her final resting place.
I recommend this book, as a delightful read, for those who can remember what feelings adolescence brought to them and to young tweens going through their own adolescence.