by Holly Black, with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
What is it about:
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing... and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity...
What did I think of it:
Yes, I know. I still haven't read the last book in the Modern Faerie Tales trilogy. But once again an author was unjustly hated on by people, so I bought one of her books as my way to support her. And the beautiful cover illustration drew me into picking it up right away.
In my opinion this story is less spooky tale than it is a story about friendship and growing up.
Zach is at that awkward age where you still want to play with your toys, but the outside world is starting to try to push you into growing up. When his father throws his toys out he is convinced he has to stop playing. His two best friends Poppy and Alice want his help with dealing with a haunted doll however.
The journey they make is one that is wonderful, and full of danger and adventure, as well as being a journey both in the physical and psychological sense. I rooted for them to find a way to conclude their adventure in a way that would make it possible for them to move forward together while still holding on to the good things of their childhood.
The haunted doll is a beautiful paranormal touch to this otherwise contemporary tale of friendship and finding your place. A lot of the things the three of them struggle with were familiar and reminded me of myself when I was that age. This book is definitely a keeper.
Why should you read it:
It's a touching story about friendship and growing up with a hint of the Paranormal
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