Doll BoneseBook - 2013
Winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor Medal.
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?
Doll Bones is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on four Best Book lists, and was called "perfect" by The New York Times .
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''Everything froze for a long moment. The Queen hit the waves with barely a splash, the water seemed to soak her dress in slow motion, drawing it down''.
But Zach wanted [ghosts] to be real, wanted that desperately.
If they were real, then maybe the world was big enough to have magic in it. And if there was magic--even bad magic, and Zach knew it was more likely that there was bad magic than any good kind--then maybe not everyone had to have a story like his father's, a story like the kind all the adults he knew told, one about giving up and growing bitter. He might have been embarrassed to wish for magic back home, but there in the woods, it seemed possible. He looked over at the cruel, glassy eyes of the doll, so close that she could have touched his face.
Anything was better than no magic at all.
“He wondered whether growing up was learning that most stories turned out to be lies.”
“I hate that you’re going to leave me behind. I hate that everyone calls it growing up, but it seems like dying. It feels like each of you is being possessed and I’m next.”
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Creepy dolls? A wild adventure? A broken friendship? Try out this book! Doll Bones is a real chiller! Three kids on a mission to fix their friendship and a crime that happened years ago.
A haunted tale about Zach, Poppy, and Alice in a tree full of twisted branches. How will these kids reach their destination?
On a bus with alien-faced bus drivers? By hijacking a boat and almost drowning all that they came for? Breaking into a library for a map?
This book has it all!
By and large middle schoolers do not play with dolls. But Zach, Poppy and Alice have been playing “the game” for years and it’s only gotten better with time. Using dolls of every type they spin wild tales and live out personalities different from their own. That is, until Zach’s dad throws out his toys in an effort to stop the game. Ashamed, Zach lies to his friends that he no longer wants to play. This act leads to unforeseen consequences when, in desperation, Poppy releases a bone china doll from her mother’s cabinet, only to find herself haunted by the ghost of a long dead girl. Inside the doll are ashes and if any of the three is to get any peace they will have to bury the doll in a specific grave. If they succeed they’ll have fulfilled their quest. If they fail? They may suffer worse than a ghost’s wrath. They might be . . . ordinary.
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