Review: Doll Bones by Holly BlackDoll Bones by Holly Black
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 7, 2013
Genres: YA
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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 . . .

Hi guys! Highland Hussy, here. I don’t normally share YA or Middle Grade books, but my daughter read this one and she really liked it. Also, there’s a sentence in her review that really stood out. I’m going to bold it, because it’s important to me. The librarian told me it would be too hard for me. That’s shocked me. What librarian says that? Anyway, I thought it was something that if any of you guys enjoy MG or YA, or have younger kids, that I could start posting one of her reviews every now and then. Let me know if that would interest you guys, or if we’d like to keep this blog as is. I mean it would still be primarily adult romance, but it might be fun to throw on one of her choices every now and then.

You can read this review on her blog if you want by clicking here.

My daughter’s review:


This book was so cool! I checked it out from my school library and I loved it. The librarian told me it would be too hard for me, but I knew I could read it. I proved her wrong and I loved this book.

To begin with, Poppy, Zach, and Alice played with dolls together. One day, Zach told them, “I am too old to play with dolls.”Then his friends were stunned that he said that. That night Poppy woke up, but she thought that she was still dreaming. She wasn’t. Then Poppy saw a doll that told her if she didn’t bury it, she and her friends would be sorry.

Secondly, Poppy told them that she had the weirdest dream ever. Then Poppy told them that a doll told her to bury her. Zach and Alice told Poppy it must have been a dream. But Poppy told them it felt like the doll was trying to tell her something.

To end with, they went into the tree house and brought the doll with them. Poppy told Alice and Zach the tale of Eleanor Keacher .Then they take the doll’s head off and look inside the doll. They found a piece of paper saying, Liverville .That is when Poppy, Alice, and Zach take an adventure across the deep blue to get to the cemetery to bury the doll so Eleanor wouldn’t haunt them.