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Doll Bones
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  • Published in USA  May 2013,
    256 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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?

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"Starred Review. Black captures the adolescent sense that things are about to explode before they get explained. And it's a darn good adventure, too. Ages 10–14." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Tightly focused, realistic tale - bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness ... Stories about the importance of stories ...don't come much more forthright and affecting than this one." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Every encounter redraws the blurry lines between childishness and maturity, truth and lies, secrecy and honesty, magic and madness. Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem." - Kirkus

"A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go." - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award winning author of When You Reach Me

"Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Doll Bones is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on." - Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler Author Biography

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

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