August 15, 2014

August 2014

 

Waldo 2014



In Holly Black's Doll Bones, Zach, Poppy, and Alice like to play with dolls. The game that the three friends have created is an elaborate narrative with complex story lines. Instinctively, all three kids know not to talk about the game at school, especially now that they are in middle school. When Zach's father returns home unexpectedly, he berates Zach for acting 'like a girl' and throws away Zach's action figures, his dolls. Unable to admit the truth to Alice and Poppy, Zach decides that he has to stop playing. And unable to leave the story unfinished, Poppy persuades Zach and Alice to take one final adventure together. Poppy claims that the Queen -- a china doll who has been the center of their stories -- appeared in one of her dreams. Part ghost-story, part end-of-innocence, Doll Bones is a tale of three children trying to grow up, while learning how to navigate between who they want to be and who the world thinks they should be.


  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year. It's tempting to try to justify that it isn't 'just' a vampire book. But it very much is a vampire book. It's a book about immortality, glamour, death, and the idealization of youth. It's also about social media, the allure of the spectacle  -- including TV and celebrity culture -- and the seduction of night and of danger. It is a book with something to say and filled with fascinating questions about humanity and life that will leave readers thinking, thinking, and thinking for months after reading it. ~ Sara



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