Doll Bones by Holly Black: Children’s Book Review
This is an eerie tale. Sporadically illustrated and spooky enough to make my heart race through the pages.
My name is Eleanor Kerchner
You can call me Queen
I died in 1895
Now it’s time to play. . .
I loved the original and imaginative game created by the three friends. Their game is so tightly woven into the ghost story that the lines between the real and the imaginary stories blur, until the children themselves are not entirely sure which is which.
Recommended age: 10+
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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 . . . — Extract from Goodreads.com