by Holly Black
Simon and Schuster
Suggested Ages: 10+
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Description: 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
Mini Book Review: A delightfully dark and creepy tale, perfect for the more sophisticated middle grader. As an adult reading it reminded me of that time in your life where you are still a child but things are becoming more complicated as you move into the teenage years. I was hooked into this one right away and didn't want to put it down. I hate to invoke the term "coming of age" but it really is the heart of the story. In fact coming of age -- meets creepy china doll (ok creepy and china doll - same thing - man those toys always creep the hell out of me) really sums it up. All of the characters are realistic and I really enjoyed the fact that the parents were not caricatures. A nice quick read that will hook the right kid.. A truly imaginative and adventurous story of friendship, growing up all wrapped up with a mysterious ghost story involving a china doll. Man wish there were more of these types of stories when I was that age. Also, Black really has a gift when it comes to setting a mood - felt like I was living the adventure with Zach, Poppy and Alice. One last thing -- excellent Librarian character who was also not a caricature.
"There was a kind of quiet that hung over the world in the middle of the night, as though there was no one else awake anywhere. It felt ripe with magic and endless possiblitiy."
Jenn H sent this to me from OLA
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