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Future Slings: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Holly Black is cool.

She has a fantastic scary-book writer name, she wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles and YA books that I am too wimpy to read, and she sometimes wears a hat.

Black is back for middle grade audience (essentially I have created this entire blog post just to type that) on May 7th with Doll Bones.

It looks like another welcome addition to the highly specialized genre of "Creepy Ass Evil Doll Books for Children."
Because that is the look of the doll that children can't wait to bring into their bedrooms
I hated dolls.

Especially dolls with eyeballs. A well-meaning grandparent gave a three-year-old me a baby doll that had eyes that opened and closed depending on how you held it. It was a lovely present (although, as an older sister, I never saw the point of baby dolls as I could grab the real thing from the crib and roll them around in the dirt). I christened the doll as "Harry."

And then screamed that it was evil and locked it in the closet.

Needless to say, I will be reading Doll Bones in the daytime with one hand around a cricket bat. In case the dolls come for me.

Other classics of the Creepy Ass Evil Doll Genre (in no particular order of creepiness) are:

The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones - Dolls are trying to kill you and all your friends
Ragweed by Garth Nix - The moral of the story is, DOLLS ARE EFFING EVIL
The Dollhouse Murders by BettyRen Wright - Dolls are not only often gender stereotypes, they are also MURDERERS
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy - THIS BOOK HAUNTED ME AS A CHILD. IT HAUNTS ME STILL.