Doll Bones

Doll Bones

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Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. A NYPL "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." A 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. A People Magazine "Best New Kids Book." Six starred reviews!

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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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 23mm | 363g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1416963987
  • 9781416963981
  • 337,084

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*Black manages a careful balancing act of reality and fantasy, using the effectively creepy ghost story as the backdrop to a poignant exploration of what is lost along the way to adulthood...Keenly felt.-- "BCCB, starred review"
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About Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of speculative and fantasy novels, short stories, and comics. She has been a finalist for an Eisner and a Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. She has sold over twenty-six million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library. Visit her at
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Rating details

27,305 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 24% (6,475)
4 35% (9,634)
3 29% (8,004)
2 8% (2,262)
1 3% (930)

Our customer reviews

I'm a big fan of young adult/children's novels because sometimes you just want a simple read with a good storyline. This is precisely that. The storyline is one of the best I've come across in awhile for children. It started off a little slow in the first chapter but after that I was hooked. It made me imagine being 10 years younger and the struggles I faced when maturing and letting go of childish things. The book reflects the struggle of growing up while still having a storyline that captures your attention. I recommend this book if you don't mind the idea of creepy little girl ghosts. It's extremely interesting and I'd love a part 2 with the same characters to see what their next adventure more
by N. Rai
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