Doll Bones by Holly Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Perfect read for a grey, dreary day... even better if you actually have the type of doll mentioned here somewhere in the house. I can see this definitely pleasing middle grade readers looking for horror that doesn't contain tons of gore or paranormal.
There's a lot going on here: growing up, growing away from the games that you used to play (even if that is forced by your father), what friendship is and if that can morph into something else and how far you go for friendship. Plus haunting. I even forgave the librarian, who straddled the line between so cool (that pink hair!) and so responsible (calling parents). The ending was a little rushed, given the slow nature of their trip from home to Ohio and the cemetery.
Copy provided by publisher.