Doll Bones By: Holly Black
Zach has had his two best friends for as long as he can remember. Alice, Poppy, and him love to play in their imaginary world with dolls and action figures as the characters. Now that they are twelve, Zach is starting to feel weird about the game. He knows that if his father or the boys at school knew what they were doing he would be teased. One day his father throws away all of Zach's characters and he is upset, and decides to not tell his friends the truth but to lie and tell them he doesn't want to play. But when Poppy and Alice come to him with a problem, he is back in the game. The Queen, a bone china doll, that they are not allowed to play with, is talking to Poppy. She is asking to be taken home. Zach, Poppy, and Alice are in for an adventure that will bring them closer together, as they work out growing up.
I thought that this book was interesting. It dealt with the things that happen when you grow up, you have to find out who you are, and work things out with the people that you are close to. I liked how Zach wanted so badly to keep his friends, but had to figure out how to do that. It was also a creepy book, as the bone china doll, was leading them on a quest, and was made from a dead girl's bones. Great read for fifth or sixth graders.
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