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Among the Dolls

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  453 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Vicky is disappointed in her birthday gift of a dollhouse, but she experiences real terror when she is drawn into the house and the lives of its malicious inhabitants.
Hardcover, 70 pages
Published October 13th 1975 by Dutton Juvenile (first published 1975)
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I think that I may have read this when I was younger.
Orrin Grey
Sep 21, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm waffling between three and four stars on this one. I didn't like it as much as Fingers, partly because it was shorter and simpler, but it was definitely creepy and once again Sleator did an amazing job of making things grotesque without ever feeling like he was dipping into distasteful. I'll give it four stars here, but it's probably closer to three-and-a-half.

Also, this was a really short read. Around 70 pages with big text and fully illustrated. I read it in under an hour.

Once again I didn
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Rebecca McNutt
May 05, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is modern, but it holds all the eerie charm and nostalgia of a classic ghost story. When rebellious and resentful Vicky finds herself able to control and take violence out on her new dolls, a nightmare unfolds when she goes too far in harming them and they come alive for revenge. Appropriate for younger readers but still well-written, vibrantly descriptive and chilling, Among the Dolls is an excellent book for any horror or thriller fan.
[Name Redacted]
Sep 09, 2010 [Name Redacted] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children, horror
A deeply disturbing children's book by the author of "The Green Futures of Tycho". It was a pleasure to see a female protagonist as the lead in a story NOT focused on girl power/sisterhood, young romance or "growing up"; I was at times reminded of Neil Gaiman's book "Coraline" and at others of Jonathan Coulton's song "Creepy Doll". My only concern is that the book might not be long enough for older children while proving too disturbing or frightening for younger children. I suppose it will vary ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Weird, short book about a girl who gets a dollhouse instead of a bike for her birthday. She hates the dollhouse, and soon finds herself inside of it. And the dolls are not happy at how she's treated them.

The book is very brief, however, and the message is muddled badly. (view spoiler)
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Kelly Hager
Sep 14, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was in elementary school, and had forgotten all about it until a blogging friend of mine posted about it on Facebook.

You can imagine my delight when I saw it was on Kindle.

I remember it being weird and creepy but had forgotten a lot of the details.

One of the things I had forgotten is the fact that this is one of the creepiest books ever. EVER.

Don't believe me? Picture this: dolls are real and know how you treat them. And they could have the power to make you into o
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Myles
Apr 26, 2015 Myles rated it really liked it
I read this so many times growing up. Among the Dolls is a Prince among the dolls come alive and ruin your life books, of which there are more than a few. My shelves aren't up to snuff and listopia doesn't have quite the selection I'd like but Magical Toys and Sentient Toys are close. What surprised me about reading this now was how short Among the Dolls is. This book looms large in my memories, and I was an even more voracious reader back then. For 65 pages to have so much resonance is a testam ...more
Gale
GRIM STUDY IN DOLLHOUSE PLAY-THERAPY!

Disappointed that she did not receive a bicycle for her birthday and failing in school, Vicky acts out her frustration by being brutal with her newly-acquired Victorian dollhouse. When she is magically reduced in size and transported Inside her own dollhouse, she discovers that they blame Her for their wretched existence and--incredulous as it seems--the dolls want Revenge!

Can "only dolls" turn the tables and "play' with mini human beings for a change? Can
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SkeletalGarden.
Oct 11, 2010 SkeletalGarden. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like "scary" books
All Vicky wants for her birthday is a brand new ten-speed bike, so you can imagine her disappointment when she receives a dark, gloomy, old antique doll house instead.

Things aren't going well for Vicky. She gets poor grades in school and doesn't have any friends due to her dreadful shyness. Her mother gets angry and takes it out on Vicky and her father. As things get worse, she begins to act out similar situations with the inhabitants of her dollhouse - a mother, a father, an aunt, a daughter an
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Samantha
This book was awesome! The story was really great. Vicky is a troubled young girl who receives an antique dollhouse for her birthday. As Vicky's parents begin to argue more, and her grades drop in school, she makes the dolls' lives as miserable as her own. Vicky makes the dolls fight, and has them sleep in uncomfortable places. One night Vicky finds herself IN the dollhouse, and now she must face the evil dolls she has created and find her way back home. I love creepy doll-themed plots and this ...more
A Girl Amongst Books (Jessica)
I'm giving this book 3 stars but I'm also not the target audience. I'm much older than the target audience.

Had I read this when I was younger I'm sure I would have rated it higher. I read this book before suggesting it to my 9 year old. I think this book is a little too easy for her but she may enjoy it because it's a quick, fast paced read. A lot of suspense and a creep factor for kids.
Lisa Rathbun
Having loved "The Doll's House" by Rumer Godden as a child, I continue to like books about dollhouses. This one was moderately spooky and a relatively quick read. I'm not sure what I would have thought about it as a child, but I found it unsatisfying as an adult. The idea is that the dolls are supposed to be mean because the little girl plays with them in mean ways, but her meansness is only explained in a few paragraphs and just didn't come across effectively. *Spoiler* While the miniature hous ...more
Kristen
Nov 05, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristen by: Emma
I read this aloud to my daughter when she was sick. She loved it. I thought it was OK. The basic story is about a girl receiving an antique dollhouse for her birthday when she really wanted a bike. She reacts with a bad attitude and ingratitude, and though she plays with the dollhouse, she makes the dolls be mean to each other. Her family life also spins out of control. Is there a connection? One day she wakes up to find herself IN the dollhouse and at the dolls' mercy. What will happen? I won't ...more
PickyReader
Dollhouses have always interested me. Books about dollhouses interested me even more. So when I found this book online, I immediately ordered a copy from my library system.

I wasn't expecting too much from this book, but man! It blew me away! It's such a creepy kid's book, yet deep and thought-provoking as well.

Quite interesting. I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book.

On to the next read!
Gabby
Feb 21, 2010 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark awakening . . .
When her parents give her a gloomy old dollhouse for her birthday instead of the ten speed bike she’s expecting, Vicky is disappointed. But she soon becomes fascinated by the small shadowy world and its inhabitants. The hours she spends playing with the dolls is a good way to escape from her parents’s arguments. As Vicky’s life becomes more troubled, she starts to take out her frustration on the dolls, making their lives as unhappy as hers.
Then one day, Vicky wakes up insid
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Alexandra
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J W
Mar 05, 2015 J W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read for an adult. A creepy and atmospheric creep through an evil doll house. A view, perhaps, that our actions have wider consequences.
oplkids
Jul 22, 2009 oplkids rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is scary! Vicky's parents bought her an antique dollhouse for her birthday. It's very creepy and Vicky doesn't like it, but it has some kind of pull over her and she can't resist playing with it. She doesn't treat the dolls well - she makes them argue with each other and leaves them in uncomfortable positions when she's done. One day Vicky is playing with the dollhouse when she feels dizzy & closes her eyes. When she opens her eyes, she's inside the dollhouse with the dolls who are ...more
alstronaut
Feb 03, 2016 alstronaut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
awesomely creepy kids/young adult book. at one point I exclaimed out-loud, "WHAT ARE THEY GONNA DO TO HER??"
Mary
Sep 28, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun twist when she wakes up in the dollhouse and finds the dolls are angry at how she treated them.
Marna
Oct 11, 2015 Marna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october2015
A creepy, fast read (just 70 pages) made even more unsettling by the illustrations.
Cmei
Apr 17, 2015 Cmei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a young kid and from what I remember it was creepy and amazing.
Carol Ann
I always liked Sleator's House of Stairs. This one was only okay.
Jamey
May 27, 2014 Jamey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fast intense read!
I really enjoyed reading this book.
M.
Sep 28, 2010 M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
I like Sleator a lot, but this is clearly a lesser work for him. Or maybe it's just aimed at an even younger audience than his work normally is (which would explain why it's half the length of one of his normal books & pretty trite in its exploration). Should I be judging a young adult book by the same standards I judge every book? Who knows.

The idea here is interesting, and there's the nice dark twist too, as in all of Sleator's work that I've encountered thus far, but it's not developed, t
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Kate Gardner
Jun 21, 2015 Kate Gardner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
This book scared the crap out of me when I was younger.
Jeanne Phan
Apr 02, 2014 Jeanne Phan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a nice interesting book with much suspense.
Mas5thgrade2014
people who have dolls do what ever they want with them but wouldint you ever want to know if they have fellings well they DO...See in this book there s a girl her name is vickey her birthday was comeing up and she wanted a bike but instead she got a doll house. the doll house was very old and dirty when Vicky started to play with it weird things started to happen for example her parents where having huge fights with her for no resone but the most weird part was when Vicky disapperd and she woke ...more
Jessica
Amazing book! I love love love loved it. If your looking for a creppy/scary/ nightmare book... < THIS IS IT!!! :D you will get nightmares about this book and it will have you paranoied! (Excuse my miss spelling) I recomend this book for age 11+.... A book that you should absoulutly read... I think im going to read it sometime this week since i read it ages ago. I will keep you guys updated on how the book goes and from what i remeber. Amazing book. Like i said ages 11+ Please you should read ...more
Debbie
May 28, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger horror fans
Vicky keeps dropping not-so-subtle hints that what she'd really like for her birthday is a new bike. When they get her an antique dollhouse instead, she can't hide her disappointment. At first, she avoids the gloomy, dusty dollhouse. Then, gradually, she starts to play with it.

As her parents fight more and more, Vicky takes out her anger on the dolls. When Vicky suddenly finds herself a prisoner inside the dollhouse, she realizes that there is no way out--and she is at the mercy of the dolls.

Cr
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William Warner Sleator III was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on February 13, 1945, and moved to St. Louis, MO when he was three. He graduated from University City High School in 1963, from Harvard in 1967 with BAs in music and English.

For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent
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