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Doll Bones What's Up With the Title?

By Holly Black

What's Up With the Title?

Dolls have all sorts of parts if you think about it—eyes, hands, feet, hair, clothes; we could go on. Typically, though, they don't have bones. So by calling the book Doll Bones, well, the title takes a creepy turn. Bones belong to the living, and dolls belong to the land of inanimate toys… right? Right? Before we so much as crack open the cover, we have a hunch we're in for a creepy tale.

As it turns out, the Queen is real—sort of. In addition to carrying a burlap sack of ash and bone in her chest cavity, her porcelain skin is infused with the bones of a dead girl. We bet that's not a technique they use at American Girl. Or we hope not, at least…

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