Linda tries to find out the truth about her doll's evil presence and terrifying past before it is too late.
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An evil governess, bewitched dolls, and a dip into the past combine in a tale that's just right for a stormy afternoon's read. Linda discovers the doll, retrieving it from the ``rag-and- bone'' man, but it's her friend Joanna who falls under its spell as it grows into a small but imperious person named Tilda. In another part of town, another woman has shrunk into a doll, rendered inanimate until Tilda chooses her next victim. Linda discovers the half-century-old link and prevents Tilda from making a complete transformation. A complicated set-up bogs down the first half; but as Linda unravels the story, events take on a mesmerizing speed. Despite somewhat flat characterizations (other than the evil governess, everyone seems fairly similar), a good yarn for those who prefer a little eeriness to hard-edged horror. The ending is wide-open for a sequel. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-8-- Evil lurks around the doll that Linda receives from the local ragman when it falls off his donkey cart. Neighbor Joanna wants to play with it, and is seemingly hypnotized by it as the small figure grows and comes to life. A friend's visiting grandmother first faints at the sight of the doll-human, and then tells the story of its arrival in town, circa 1919-1920. Now, in 1987, the girls have to find a way to keep it from doing further harm. There is a consistency and logic about the way this wicked creature gains and loses power that provides plenty of chills and thrills, but the characters are neither distinct nor vivid. It may take some doing to get American kids past the British setting and bland characters, but fans of the genre may find the idea of a doll trading souls with humans worth the effort. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
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Book Description Puffin, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014037146X
Book Description Puffin, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014037146X
Book Description Puffin, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014037146X
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