Hollow Dolls

Sourcebooks. (Hollow Dolls). Jan. 2020. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781492688198.
Gr 4-6–Recently released from the clutches of evil Lady Aisling, best friends Simone and Sebastian are eager to finally reunite with their families. The Lady captured them because they are among the “talented”—those granted special abilities when the Cerelia Comet passed by in the year of their birth. Simone is a mind reader, and Sebastian is a memory stealer. The “comet-blessed” used to be important members of society, but things have changed, and many now hide their talents. Sebastian is delighted to find his sister, Jemma, but there is no trace of Simone’s family. All she remembers is the name of her hometown, Wren. The three set off on an arduous journey to the Parillan Archives, hoping that the librarians there will help find answers for Simone. While their talents protect them from some dangers along the way, their constant fear is encountering a body walker, someone who can take control of another’s body and mind. This fantasy covers a lot of ground—suspense, friendship, bravery, family, and magic. Plot twists will surprise even readers paying close attention, and loose ends lay the groundwork for a sequel.
VERDICT Simone’s desire and drive to recover what she’s lost will resonate with readers. A recommended purchase for most libraries.

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