Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that's what his father thinks. But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops playing with his action figures, it's no good. There's one toy that still wants to play with him. A doll that's made from the bones of a dead girl. The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest forever. It's time for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It's time to grow up. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
A chilling tale about ghosts, growing up and the power of stories, written by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.
"Spooky, melancholy, elegiac and ultimately hopeful; a small gem." Kirkus Review (Starred review) "It's a deep, strange and compelling book, at times lovely, at other times heartbreaking and deliciously weird." New York Times "With heart-wrenching swiftness, Black paints a picture of friends at the precipice of adulthood ... The tightly focused, realistic tale - bladed with a hint of fairy-tale darkness - feels cut from the very soul of youth." Booklist (Starred review) "... explores that delicate time in childhood when fantasy begins to change places with reality" Wall Street Journal
Holly Black is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles and has written many other contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. The Spiderwick Chronicles were adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures, which was released in February 2008. To date, the Spiderwick books have been translated into 32 languages. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. She followed this up with Valiant, which was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, along with Ironside, the sequel to Tithe. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. For more information about her, please visit www.blackholly.com.