- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: May 7, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CH5ZF6A
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The story is about three friends who play imagination games with dolls, who are just reaching the age when kids don’t do that sort of thing anymore. And we all remember that horrible moment in our lives, when we aren’t yet quite ready to move on from the innocent pleasures of our early youth, but we see our friends starting to change and develop the interests that accompany adolescence, as well as all the social judgment that comes with it. I still remember resisting those changes for a while and then turning against my early childhood with a vengeance once I decided it was an embarrassment to me – tossing away toys, readings and collectibles that I had become ashamed of – and regretting this forever after.
Even better yet, this is a ghost story – a story about a creepy doll reputed to have the ashes of a dead girl hidden inside – a girl whom the kids decide, based on a dream, they need to carry to her final resting place. And yeah, everyone can remember the creepy old-fashioned doll that gave rise to such fantasies.
This is also a story about friendship, the intensity of the bonds that kids develop at that age, when they have learned to care about each other and to try to protect each other from a world that won’t just let them be. Kind of like the last line of the film “Stand by Me,” when the writer reflects that never again did he have friends like the ones he had when he was that young. And yes, we do develop great friendships later in our lives to be sure – but it doesn’t feel the same. Friendship in the tween years is intense and loyal and emotional in a way this book really captures.
And of course, like all great stories, this one involves a journey, a quest, and lots of adventure.
I put this book down half-wishing that we could all stay kids forever, feeling that the imagination, innocence and heartfelt loyalty of that age is something we could all use more of. Fortunately the kids of this wonderful story will never grow old, so you can return to re-read about them as many times as you want – even if you’re a jaded adult. Highly recommended.
In Doll Bones, there is a bit of a ghost story, and a few chills up your spine, but nothing too scary or nightmare inducing for 4th graders. This book deals with a lot of real world feelings, the choice between leaving childish games or childhood friends, and carrying them with you into adulthood in a new form. The confusion of being a child living with imperfect adults with fears and disappointments of their own comes through in each of the three friends. There is the fun of a sleepover in a Library with a touch of mr. Lemoncello and the fun of a ride up a river in a pirated sailboat and the overriding mystery of an ancient, bone filled, doll with real hair who may or may not be haunted by the murdered girl she may or may not have been made from. It is simply a fun book and I wish I had written it.
This was a bit spooky. As someone who isn't too keen on dolls, this made it a bit tricky to sleep. China dolls are especially creepy with their cold, glowing eyes. Anyways, they are creepy and this doll is extra creepy. I don't want to give too much away, but trust me. I'm almost glad this was middle grade and not YA, because if it was older it would probably have been too terrifying to sleep with the lights off.
Holly Black is just fab though and created these three great characters and an epic quest. I really enjoyed watching them learn more about themselves and each other. This book had a lot of navigating into being a teen and what you leave behind. I don't think imagination needs to be left behind. If it does get left behind we have no good authors and that would be sad.
This is a good read for upcoming Halloween if you want something a bit adventurous with an element of spooky.
"Poppy set down one of the mermaid dolls close to the stretch of asphalt road that represented the Blackest Sea."
"I'm just different like weird."