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Written by Holly Black - Audio book performed by Nick Podehl - Unabridged Fiction - 5 COMPACT DISCS - 5 hours
Publisher, Listening Library / Random House (May 14, 2013)
A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times bestselling co-creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.
Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?
About the author: Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Holly spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and books about faeries. Holly collaborated with her long-time friend, Caldecott award winning artist, Tony DiTerlizzi, to create the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles. The five-book serial has been called "vintage Victorian fantasy" by the New York Post and Time Magazine reported that "the books wallow in their dusty Olde Worlde charm." Holly has written three novels for teens including Valiant, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Holly Black's most current work is a new series The Curse Workers. White Cat, Book 1 is a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love or death and your dreams might be more real than your memories. Holly Black lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.