Monday, July 8, 2013

"With a perfect combination of spookiness and fun, this story is well worth a read." ~Barrie

A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times bestselling co-creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

Barrie says:
"What struck me about this book is that there is a character for everyone to relate to. Two girls and a boy, aged 10 to 12- years old, have played together long enough to know who has the most fun ideas and who is better at being the villain  or the hero. But people start to say it is time to grow-up and stop playing with toys, which is around the time something weird starts going on in the cabinet where 'The Doll Queen' is kept. With a perfect combination of spookiness and fun, this story is well worth a read."

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