Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Doll Bones, by Holly Black

Doll BonesSummary:  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.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Find it at WCPL


3 thoughts on “Doll Bones, by Holly Black

  1. Doll Bones was an original concept. The characters were well drawn. There were 3 characters that the book loved equally. I could see them all and understand what was motivating them. They were also realistic. The setting was okay, not fantastic. The places they went to later in the book (the library, the river) were better drawn than when the book first began. Plot was well drawn. I felt the weakest point of the book was the writing and the theme. The writing did not draw me into the story, and that’s the most important part. After the “adventure” begins, it gets more interesting. So it’s uneven. There were also times the book was spooky, but that was not carried throughout the book, so again uneven. There was almost too much going on, so the theme was not apparent. On the one hand there was a theme about childhood and innocense, but there was also this backstory with the doll, that did not really fit into that. I do not feel this book is a contender for the Newbery, just because there are books I have read that are more distinguished in all criteria.

  2. I believe the strongest criteria for this book is the theme of holding onto childhood vs. growing up. What the kids did at the very end began the shift in how they “played” after that.

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