My reading this past week was dedicated to a Newbery Award Honor book Doll Bones by Holly Black. This book has been on my “to-read” list for almost a year now so I was excited that I finally had the opportunity to finally dig into it!
I loved it.
This book had so many different elements to it – it’s no wonder it made the Newbery honor list.
My favorite aspect of this book was the theme of growing up or not wanting to grow up. Zach, Alice, and Poppy have a “Neverland” worthy adventure to close the chapter of childhood make-believe, but is it all just pretend or are they on a true quest? Black does an amazing job of mixing the children’s imaginations with true events, such as adults seeing a blonde girl with them and historical facts, to keep the mystery going.
Do not read any further if you are interested in reading this book.
When Zach’s father threw out his toys and Zach chose not to tell Alice and Poppy the truth but rather let them believe he no longer cared about their game, I was crestfallen. These kids had such sharp imaginations and exercised them everyday after school – so what if they are “too old” to be playing with dolls (I played with my barbies until 8th grade!). Immediately I thought, Just tell them and you can get some new action figures! The story can go on! And then I thought, What if they just continued the story through the “Questions” or just wrote out the stories for each other. That would be more age appropriate! And I was so overjoyed when I read the last page and Zach had come to this exact conclusion himself.
Middle school is a hard time for kids; It’s time to grow up BUT not too fast! I thought that Black did an outstanding job of presenting this dilemma as a 12 year old would.
P.S. There is a cat in this book named “The Party!”