Doll Bones by Holly Black
Growing Up, Adventure, Friendship, Ghosts
The elaborate stories that Zach, Poppy, and Alice create with their toys are nothing short of magic to them, so when Zach’s father throws his action figures away in a misguided attempt to force him into growing up, the friendship between the three is strained to a breaking point. In order to fix the rift, Poppy starts them on a real adventure to put the ghost of a murdered girl to rest. The trio is at the point toward the end of childhood where everything from expectations to emotions start to change and friendships either adapt or fall apart. Doll Bones is heartfelt and sincere about the difficulties of growing up and shows that you don’t have to lose the magic of childhood in the process. It also has a great touch of supernatural horror in the form of the ghost that haunts the china doll.