Derek’s little sister wants one of those creepy-looking dolls staring at him from the strange new doll shop in town, and what his sister wants, she gets. Just one problem: the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister being next on the doll maker’s list.
“I have read The Doll Maker for myself, but am currently reading it for my 7-year-old son. As an adult, this book wasn’t scary, but an amazingly good read... everything was masterly done for me. To my son? He loves it... and he is so hooked into the story, he’s begging me to keep reading, because he wants to know what happens!” ~ Sabina’s Adventures in Reading
“This book [The Doll Maker] was like stepping back into my childhood and reading Goosebumps under my blanket with a flashlight. I loved that Verstraete captured that R.L. Stine feel with out being too scary and still very enjoyable.” ~ Lydia “Yay Books!!”
When Derek tells his friends, Martin and Jamie, about the new shop with creepy human-like dolls, they want to see for themselves. That has “bad idea” written all over it, but he takes his friends there anyway.
They meet the mysterious doll maker, who reminds Derek of Dr. Frankenstein, and who brainwashes Martin into buying one of those scary dolls. Derek and Jamie push and pull Martin out of the shop, but something isn’t right with their friend. He’s shivering all over, and he has no memory of what happened in the shop.
Martin’s condition worsens every day, and Derek’s sister grows more and more obsessed with her new doll. Derek and Jamie have to find out what’s going on, and fast.
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This chapter book, the first in the Weirdville series, is ideal for kids as young as 6 or 7, and as old as 11 or 12, depending on reading level and parental involvement.
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