Monday, February 9, 2015

Doll Bones by Holly Black 244 pages

Zach, Poppy and Alice are best friends, but they are growing up.  Being friends at 6-years-old doesn't attract as much attention as being friends at 11.  The three of them don't really care, though.  They continue to play a game that is full of fantasy and adventure, each day pushing their creativity further.  All three get lost in the story and do so happily.  Then, one day, disaster strikes and Zach is unable to play anymore.  Faced with having to tell the others why, putting it into words, makes him sick, so he tells the girls that they are too old and he doesn't want to play anymore.  He doesn't count on The Queen, a bone-china doll, demanding service that drags the three of them into one more very real adventure.  This was a very well told story that showcases how hard it is to remain friends with people as you grow up and interests begin to diverge.  It's also a nice little only-barely-scary ghost story.
This was a preliminary nominee for the Mark Twain award, but it didn't make the final cut.  I listened to it on CD, read by Nick Podehl.  He did a really good job and was pleasant to listen to.

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