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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A scary mystery for children

Doll Bones
Doll Bones

By: Holly Black

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/horror

Pages: 247

Published: 2013

Audiobook: 5 discs (5 hours and 12 mins)

Read: September

3 out of 5

I have been listening to and reading a lot of children’s scary stories lately and really enjoyed this one. The reader is taken on an adventure with the three 12 year old children and The Queen, a doll stuffed with the cremated ashes of a little girl.  This story reminds me of a scary version of The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Koningsburg. The children leave on an adventure without telling their parents and little money, sneak into a closed library, and the parents don’t seem to even notice or care (until the end). This story isn’t that scary, but focuses on the adventure the children take to seek the graveyard in order for the little girl whose ashes are in the doll, so the girl can finally be at rest. I recommend this book for children 10-14, who can handle a slightly freaky mystery. 

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