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Doll Bones Paperback – 27 February 2014
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My name is Eleanor Kerchner.
You can call me the Queen.
I died in 1895.
Now it’s time to play.
A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
Recipient of a Newbery Honor Award. An ALA Notable Book. 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 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. A People Magazine 'Best New Kids Book'.
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)
Compelling, chill-at-the-nape tale with dynamics and emotional depth . . . The novel’s eerie vibe and eek-worthy plot may keep readers turning pages into the wee hours, but it’s the vivid characters and skillfully developed themes of identity, friendship and loss that linger long in the mind. ― The Washington Post
[An] eerie, tender novel. ― Wall Street Journal
Black poignantly and realistically captures how adolescence inherently brings change; how growing up affects the ways children play; and the inevitable tests friendships face. ― Horn Book
It's as psychologically haunting as the ghost girl's physical haunting . . . Black begins with an ordinary experience of childhood and gives it a wicked twist to reveal the truth at the center of the impulse for storytelling. -- Shelf Awareness, starred review
A darn good adventure. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
- Publisher : Corgi Childrens (27 February 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0552568112
- ISBN-13 : 978-0552568111
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unaware of the real reason that Zach is avoiding them, the girls attempt to lure Zack back to the game by freeing the Queen. Once freed from the glass, the Queen's own creepy story begins to unfold. Who is Elspeth Kercher? Why is Poppy suddenly dreaming as her? Are those her bones ground up inside that china doll?
In an attempt to end the game for good, the friends must go together on one last mission to lay the bones of The Queen, Elspeth Kercher to rest in her hometown in the adjacent state. Then maybe she will stop haunting them.
The story is beautifully written and the characters are brilliant- unique, full of their own characteristics, opinions and behaviour with a wonderful dynamic, the reader really gets the sense that they've known each other forever. The pace is excellent and the story, though spooky and spine tingling, is not overly dramatic, the adventure remains within the realms of believability, despite its supernatural nature. I really liked the increasingly complicated relationship between the three protagonists, how their adventure helped them to reconnect and how they coped with their impending adulthood and changing dynamic. It was tragic, in an inevitable sense, but sweet to see.
I loved how much the author cared about the value and the beauty of stories and imagination- through fantasy and play as youngsters and then through to fiction when we are older and what an effect this can have on our lives. I loved how desperate the characters, Zach in particular, were to hold onto that magic- but also how relieved they were to realise that stories and adventure can outlast childhood if you would only allow it to.
It made me feel nostalgic for the boundless imagination that only comes with being a kid, but thankful that the powers of stories are appreciated by contemporary characters. A well crafted story with excellent characters and a spooky, pacy plot that has a lovely folkish reality to it. Funny, full of warmth and mystery and some chilling moments.
It reminded me of a more innocent time in my life, happily playing my Ken & Barbie, Ariel and Prince Eric, and making them swap partners (OK ...). Or getting up at stupid o clock in the morning to play some more, because I couldn’t sleep, and promptly getting told to go back to bed! But it also made me think of when I put my dolls down and turned my attention to more grown up things.
The three children in this are 12 and are at that stage in their lives where they are starting to become more worldly but at the same time need a good spanking from the adults, to remind them that they’re still children. The whole hint at romance between Zach and Alice was just plain silly in my opinion, but then I couldn’t help but relate it to my own experiences (first kiss at 17). While it never goes any further than “my mate fancies you”, it was a little awkward and off putting.
This book is aimed at kids much the same age, but I felt like reading it as an adult, it really didn’t know who its target audience was. The writing was quite confused - the romance hint could have been left out and it would not have affected the story in the slightest. The parents/grandparents storyline, was also unnecessary, as I found myself wanting to find out more about Zach’s parents and Alice’s grandmother. But did they really add anything to the storyline? No.
I also thought the ending was a bit rushed, with the author cramming so many ideas into the book, but not really knowing how to end it. At one point, I did think she was going to completely cop out and leave the readers with an unsatisfying and lack lustre ending, but she managed to turn it around. But it did fall a little flat and left me more annoyed than anything else.
Holly Black was not an author I’d read before picking up this, and I don’t think I would be rushing out to buy any more of her books. I did enjoy the book, and I thought the main strand of the storyline with the creepy doll was good - but she’s no Chucky.
Eleanor tells Poppy that she must return her to her grave with her parents, or she would be sorry. So, the 3 friends go on a quest to put the Queen back in her grave.......
By the book to find out what happens next!:D
If I could have read this when I was 12 (way back in the 60s, as the song says) it might have saved me some pain & anger.