Newbery Review: Doll Bones

When a group of friends goes on a quest to return a creepy doll to her grave, they start to wonder if there really is a ghost. | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

This was an interesting story idea, but not as creepy as everyone said it would be.  Maybe I’ve seen too many episodes of Supernatural, including one that was almost exactly the same plot…  Still, I enjoyed this book.

In it, a group of twelve year olds that enjoys playing roleplaying games with their dolls and action figures is suddenly thrust into a real-life adventure when Poppy claims that the creepy bone china doll they have dubbed the Queen has a ghost who is demanding to be taken to her grave.  Reluctantly, Alice and Zach join Poppy in a cross-state trip to place the doll in the grave.  Zach and Alice believe that this is Poppy’s way of rejoining the group, which has become fragmented lately, but as mysterious things keep happening, they start to wonder if there is a ghost after all, and they find out that adventure might not be as glamorous as their roleplaying characters thought.

Surprisingly, I wanted this book to be creepier than it was.  It was sort of like Miss Peregrine–I had heard so much about how creepy the book was that when I finally got around to reading it, I felt let down by the amount of scariness there was.  Unless your kid is very sensitive to creepy or scary things, they’ll have no problem reading the is-there-or-isn’t-there-a-ghost events of this book.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

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