• Doll Bones

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times best-selling cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen - and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

©2013 Holly Black (P)2013 Listening Library

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cute

Love Holly Black as an author and after reading The Darkest Part Of The Forest I was excited to read another book of hers. this was cute. a tad spooky at times as well.

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Kinda creepy, very fun

Perfect middle grade balance of friendship, ghost tale, adventure and reality. As always, Black hits the right notes in her characters dialog and relationships.

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Best book ever

I love the story I thought it was very entertaining also very sweet and I really liked how the detail was put into it how everyone was included I recommend this book to everyone it was really great it is not that scary at all I recommend read it please do I love it

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Great way to spend time with my daughter.

Scary yet beautiful story

My expectations were met

I didn't really like the narrator because he was kinda phony. Thanks!😎

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wonderfully read and written

it was great to listen. loved how the reader gave each character its distinct voice :)

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amazing

What a great read this book is truly amazing I love of so much u need to listen to it if you haven't already!

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A Creepy Adventure!

What made the experience of listening to Doll Bones the most enjoyable?

Not quite knowing if the ghost was real or not, and in the end, leaving it up the reader to decide.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poppy.

The characters in Doll Bones reminded me a lot of myself when I was there age. While I was never into action figures, preferring to act out stories with my body, my friends and I were always played by making up worlds and stories. I was the oldest of the group, but like Poppy, I never gave those stories up. My friends changed, becoming interested in boys and while I pretended to be like them, my mind was always lost in a story, and it still is, only now I write my stories since adults never want to play unless it's LARP or cosplay, and those games have too many rules. Plus, I've always been a bit of a loner.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

He had a great range of voices, making them all sound unique.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but there wasn't time for that.

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enjoyed listening to it.

I wanted to give it a listen as it was one I was thinking of using for a literature circle book for class. I will use it for junior grades, but don't think it is suited for intermediate. I really did enjoy listening to it and thought the storyline to be very interesting.

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Great book!

My daughter and I enjoyed reading along to this book. Great story! A bit frightening but bearable. I recommend this book if you are looking for something to read and lose yourself in the pages.

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Creative narrative: ”A”. Characters with an imagination: “A”. Characters self-aware of creating their own story: "A". Aftermath: "B-". We don't learn about their court hearings or how long their probation with the juvie officer lasts. We don't learn how they repair the chaos created in their wake: the strain on family dynamics; the librarian's reputation and her trust in children; the children's panic when they lost their bikes; and the boat, which may have been someone's dream possession.

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  • 05-19-19

Was hoping for better

I came to this book from a recommended list of good Middle Grade horror books. While the character development was strong, the book was low on any real sense of creepiness. More of a straightforward coming of age tale really