An award-winning tale about ghosts, growing up and the power of stories, written by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. Now available in paperback.
My name is Eleanor Kerchner.
You can call me the Queen.
I died in 1895.
Now it’s time to play.
A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
Recipient of a Newbery Honor Award. An ALA Notable Book. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor’s Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book. A 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. A People Magazine 'Best New Kids Book'.
“Nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Doll Bones is a book that will make you sleep with the lights on.”
Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
“Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem.”
Kirkus Review (Starred review)
“A little bit scary and full of heart, this story grabbed me and wouldn't let go.”
Rebecca Stead, author of Liar and Spy
“It's a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at other times heartbreaking and deliciously weird.”
New York Times
“With heart-wrenching swiftness, Black paints a picture of friends at the precipice of adulthood . . . The tightly focused, realistic tale – bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness – feels cut from the very soul of youth.”
Booklist (Starred review)
“Compelling, chill-at-the-nape tale with dynamics and emotional depth . . . The novel’s eerie vibe and eek-worthy plot may keep readers turning pages into the wee hours, but it’s the vivid characters and skillfully developed themes of identity, friendship and loss that linger long in the mind.”
The Washington Post
“[An] eerie, tender novel.”
Wall Street Journal
“Black poignantly and realistically captures how adolescence inherently brings change; how growing up affects the ways children play; and the inevitable tests friendships face.”
“It's as psychologically haunting as the ghost girl's physical haunting . . . Black begins with an ordinary experience of childhood and gives it a wicked twist to reveal the truth at the center of the impulse for storytelling.”
Shelf Awareness, starred review
“A darn good adventure.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This novel is a chilling ghost story, a gripping adventure, and a heartwarming look at the often-painful pull of adulthood.”
School Library Journal