Doll Bones

Author: Holly Black 
Pages: 244 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity ....

My Summary: Zach is getting older, but that doesn't mean he doesn't still enjoy playing with his friends Poppy and Alice. But when his dad throws out his toys, Zach can only think of one thing to do: end the game forever.

Zach thinks that's the end of their friendship, but when Poppy and Alice appear outside his window late one night with a haunting tale of murder and bone china dolls, he can't help but jump at the opportunity for one last adventure.

My Thoughts: What a great read! I was sucked in immediately by the creepy premise, and I couldn't put it down. Although 244 pages may seem like a lot for a MG novel, it read quickly and didn't take more than 4 hours to complete. Black's writing brought the story to life, and I loved the way she included the childrens' real life issues into the story along with the paranormal aspect. The characters themselves were likable and easy to relate to, and the idea of the 'game' having brought the doll to life was great.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys ghost stories, paranormal and adventure novels, and of course fans of Holly's other series.


  1. This is in my TBR right now, I'm glad you liked it!

    Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver

  2. My kid is so unlucky to have a mom that is obsessed with gothic children's books. I love reading him books about monsters and wars and things that probably aren't "age-appropriate". I have to add this one to my list of books to read...and prolly read to him.


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