Doll Bones by Holly Black is middle-grade fiction that seems to defy classification. It is many genres all rolled into one book! It is a friendship tale, a coming of age story, an adventure, a bit of a mystery, and a dash of a ghost story too. These elements mesh together to create an engaging tale of three friends on the edge of adolescence (with all its complications and confusions) who band together on a quest to bring peace to an uneasy spirit inhabiting a china doll. The characters are realistic, the adventure is exciting, and the atmosphere is eerie and creepy without crossing over into the land of nightmares.
NLS annotation: Preteens Zach, Alice, and Poppy act out adventures with action figures and a china doll long after their classmates have stopped such play. But when Poppy is haunted by dreams about the eerie doll, the friends begin a real-life exploit. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013. DB 76559.
Can’t get enough of creepy dolls? Try Coraline by Neil Gaiman. DB 54845 DLD