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Doll Bones
by Holly Black
A Kids Wings Award Book
2014 Newbery Honor Book

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, three lifelong friends have formed close bonds as they played an imaginative game using action figures. Each takes on dramatic roles and creative voices for their play, but Poppy's imaginative talents have led her to playing parts of villains and changing the rules at inopportune times. An odd, frightening doll in Poppy's mother's glass case has been vicariously added to their game as the powerful Queen who puts her mark on anyone who dare disobey her commands. The one power she doesn't have, though, is the power to escape her glass tower.

Now in middle school, Zach faces disdain from father and bullying from older boys who belittle him for playing with action figures and girls. When his father does the unthinkable to stop what he sees as his son's childishness, Zach cannot face being responsible for the destruction of the game and makes the only decision he can face. Will he run away? What will he tell Alice and Poppy? Can the game really be stopped?

Then, when Poppy frees the Queen from her crystal palace, a new voice is heard, the voice of a murdered girl who speaks to Poppy and Zach in their dreams. Or are they nightmares? Can they actually consider the mission which the Queen commands? What if they don't? If they do, how will they travel to their destination? How would Alice escape the overprotective grip of her grandmother? Will the Queen protect them from the crazy man between them and their destination? Will they find any truth in the ghost stories they have heard?

Is it possible that the Queen's bone china face was actually be made from the bones of the murdered girl? What dark secret does her body hold?

Doll Bones is not your usual creepy tale. Or will it turn out to be a ghost story? Once you begin this unsettling story, you most likely won't be able to go to sleep until you finish it. And then, will the Queen have instructions for YOU in YOUR dreams?


Research Links for
Doll Bones by Holly Black

Book Trailer # 1
Book Trailer # 2
Book Trailer # 3

Ghost Story Checklist

Burt Dow, Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
(read before Chapter 10 of Doll Bones, this classic picture book will reinforce parts of a boat)

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You can purchase the 64-page literature guide PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type game for Doll Bones by Holly Black
for immediate download!
Only $19.95!
Click here to purchase and download this Kids Wings Unit through Teachers Pay Teachers

The Kids Wings literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard, is here!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
A two-page Readers' Theater Introduction
Illustrate a Scary Scene
Exploring the Cover of the Book as a Word Artist
Map Activity, Where in the World Did the Story Take Place?
Setting Up Your Dialectical Journal
An Overview, Analyzing the Characters
Charting the Story's Progress
Character Studies for the Three Main Characters
Chapter Vocabulary Lists and Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
Research: Zach's Report on the Battle of Antietam
Research: How Is Bone China Made?
Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Chapter Questions
Visualizing the Story, Comprehension
Crossword Puzzle: The Doll's Story
Analogies in Chapter 7
Donut Shop Math, Chapter 9
Illustrating the Seafaring Vocabulary in Chapter 10
Picturing the Vocabulary, Chapters 10 and 11
Growing and Changing
Summarizing Pages 217-225
Logic Puzzle: An Author's Quote
Creating a New Chapter
First Draft to Final Draft
Writing with RAFTS
Spinning with RAFTS--6 Spinners

Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game


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