I’m a big Holly Black fan so it came as no surprise that I enjoyed this book. Doll Bones is an interesting story on several levels. Black is one of the few tween/teen authors who writes really compelling, believable male characters. Her male protagonists are not stereotypes or shallow, there is a depth to them that is unfortunately rare in contemporary literature. I like that Zach’s desire to play “the game” is not portrayed as overly childish or feminine even though it is noted some people in his life perceive it that way. He plays because he is a creative storyteller with a vivid imagination and he has an appreciation for the fierce and thoughtful nature of his playmates. The story is spooky, creepy, and yet heart-warming. Great for 11-13 year-olds with a sense of adventure and mixed feelings about growing up.