By: Penguin Random House Audio
Length: 5 hrs., 11 mins.
I’ve had this book on my TBR list since, like, 2012. And I figured it was about time that I start doing a little bit of Middle Grade lit to get myself caught up to my reading goal for 2015 (I know I could do a boat load of picture books, but where’s the substance in that?)
An adventure about three kids and a creepy bone china doll, with an interesting backstory, they called, The Queen.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice love adventures. Poppy was a great conjurer of stories, and Zach and Alice enjoyed playing them out in Poppy’s backyard with action figures and re-painted Barbie dolls. But that all changed when Zach came home from school to find his bag full of action figures has disappeared. Altering his entire life, and creating a giant wedge between him and his friends. So after he had refused to play “The Game” several times, Alice approaches Zach on the basketball court with a note. She puts it in his hand and leaves.
The story gets a little wild where the kids run away because of a dream Poppy claims to have had about the Eleanor (the ghost of the girl whose bones and ashes lived in The Queen). An unwarranted death and the kids are expected to undertake a long journey across state lines to give her a proper send-off.
The story had a few lulls but otherwise it was good.