Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416963987
ISBN - 13: 9781416963981
About the Book
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. Illustrations.
From the Publisher
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
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
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.
About the Author
Holly Black was born in New Jersey in 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. She has since written two other books in the same universe, Valiant (2005), and the sequel to Tithe, Ironside (2007). Valiant was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She collaborated with Caldecott award winning artist, Tony DiTerlizzi, to create the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles. The books have been translated into over 30 languages and adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with Nickelodeon Films. Her first collection of short fiction, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, was published in 2010.
Hand this book to any middle schooler and they will immediately relate to that tween feeling of moving from childhood to adolescence.