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Doll Bones by Holly Black, A Bone-Chilling 2014 Newbery Honor Book

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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118 pages
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Zach, Alice, and Poppy, three lifelong friends have formed close bonds as they played an imaginative game using action figures. Each takes on dramatic roles and creative voices for their play, but Poppy's imaginative talents have led her to playing parts of villains and changing the rules at inopportune times. An odd, frightening doll in Poppy's mother's glass case has been vicariously added to their game as the powerful Queen who puts her mark on anyone who dare disobey her commands. The one power she doesn't have, though, is the power to escape her glass tower.

Now in middle school, Zach faces disdain from father and bullying from older boys who belittle him for playing with action figures and girls. When his father does the unthinkable to stop what he sees as his son's childishness, Zach cannot face being responsible for the destruction of the game and makes the only decision he can face. Will he run away? What will he tell Alice and Poppy? Can the game really be stopped?

Then, when Poppy frees the Queen from her crystal palace, a new voice is heard, the voice of a murdered girl who speaks to Poppy and Zach in their dreams. Or are they nightmares? Can they actually consider the mission which the Queen commands? What if they don't? If they do, how will they travel to their destination? How would Alice escape the overprotective grip of her grandmother? Will the Queen protect them from the crazy man between them and their destination? Will they find any truth in the ghost stories they have heard?

Is it possible that the Queen's bone china face was actually be made from the bones of the murdered girl? What dark secret does her body hold?

Doll Bones is not your usual creepy tale. Or will it turn out to be a ghost story? Once you begin this unsettling story, you most likely won't be able to go to sleep until you finish it. And then, will the Queen have instructions for YOU in YOUR dreams?

The 65-page Kids Wings Unit by Suzy Red includes the following activities that are projectible for large-group study and printable for individual and small-group fun. They come to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats:

Pre- and Post-Reading Discussion Cards

Anticipation Guide

A two-page Readers' Theater Introduction

Illustrate a Scary Scene

Exploring the Cover of the Book as a Word Artist

Map Activity, Where in the World Did the Story Take Place?

Setting Up Your Dialectical Journal

An Overview, Analyzing the Characters

Charting the Story's Progress

Character Studies for the Three Main Characters

Chapter Vocabulary Lists and Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions

Research: Zach's Report on the Battle of Antietam

Research: How Is Bone China Made?

Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Chapter Questions

Visualizing the Story, Comprehension

Crossword Puzzle: The Doll's Story

Analogies in Chapter 7

Donut Shop Math, Chapter 9

Illustrating the Seafaring Vocabulary in Chapter 10

Picturing the Vocabulary, Chapters 10 and 11

Growing and Changing

Summarizing Pages 217-225

Logic Puzzle: An Author's Quote

Creating a New Chapter

First Draft to Final Draft

Writing with RAFTS

Spinning with RAFTS--6 Spinners

Answer Pages

Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint forma

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Total Pages
118 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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