Years ago, when my oldest struggled to find any desire to read, The Spiderwick Chronicles was the series that opened his eyes to the amazing world of the written word. Well…Holly Black has done it again. Her mid-grade novel, Doll Bones, is not only creepy, in a safe-for-kids kind of way, the story is sure to light the fire of reading for the next generation. Boy or girl, Doll Bones will have every young reader hanging on baited breath wondering what the doll might do next.
This novel has longer chapters and fewer illustrations than The Spiderwick Chronicles. I wouldn’t recommend Doll Bones for younger readers than fourth grade. If your children are slightly younger, read The Spiderwick Chronicles together. You won’t be disappointed.