Doll Bones

Doll Bones

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Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that's what his father thinks. But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it's no good. There's one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that's made from the bones of a dead girl. The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest forever. It's time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It's time to grow up. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 151 x 187 x 24mm | 298g
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857532677
  • 9780857532671
  • 199,488

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Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s what his father thinks.

But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest for ever. It’s time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.
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Back cover copy

My name is Eleanor Kerchner.
You can call me the Queen.
I died in 1895.
Now it’s time to play.
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Review Text

"Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem."
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"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 "Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem." Kirkus Review (Starred review) "A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go." -- Rebecca Stead, author of Liar and Spy "It's a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at other times heartbreaking and deliciously weird." New York Times "With heart-wrenching swiftness, Black paints a picture of friends at the precipice of adulthood ... The tightly focused, realistic tale - bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness - feels cut from the very soul of youth." Booklist (Starred review)
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About Holly Black

Holly Black is the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles and has written many other contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. She won the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for Valiant, which was also a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.
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26,687 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 24% (6,395)
4 35% (9,350)
3 29% (7,732)
2 8% (2,247)
1 4% (963)
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