House of Dolls

By Block, Francesca Lia

Publishers Summary:
In a little house from another time, with lace curtains in every window and paintings hung in gold doily frames, Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene live a warm and cozy life. They wear fancy dresses, bake play-dough cakes, and spend their days enjoying one another's company. For the three dolls, life is small but good. But life is not good for Madison Blackberry, the owner of the dollhouse. Her grandmother pays more attention to the dolls than to her. The dolls have one another, but she is lonely in her big, empty apartment. Then one day, as things always do—even for dolls—everything changes. This beautiful story from the acclaimed team of Francesca Lia Block, author of such novels as Weetzie Bat, and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of many picture books, including AdÈle & Simon, brings to life the power of love, family, and friendship.

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ISBN
978-0-06113-094-6
Publisher
Harper HarperCollins


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2010

Gr 5-Up The gorgeous House of Dolls is home to Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene. It belonged originally to Madison Blackberry's grandmother. The dolls live small but contented lives, until spoiled, sullen, and emotionally neglected Madison takes out her frustrations on their world. Jealousy causes her to send the dolls' boyfriends (a soldier and a small teddy bear) off to war (a hidden shoebox) and then remove the b...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2010

Madison Blackberry, a lonely rich girl, envies the dolls in her dollhouse; unlike Madison's own family, the dolls appear to enjoy one another's company. There's Wildflower, who once belonged to Madison's grandmother; plain and meek Rockstar, so named by Madison, who had wanted a more glamorous doll; and Miss Selene, a greenish-skinned fairy. And what kind of FLB story would this be without boyfriends? Wildflower has Guy ("a dark-skinned plastic doll in army fatigues"), and Rockstar has B. Friend, a teddy bear. Naturally, fashion maven Bl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Madison Blackberry, a lonely rich girl, envies the dolls in her dollhouse; unlike the members of Madison's own family, the dolls appear to ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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