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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  2 reviews
A delightfully creepy story perfect for the middle school set! Hush-a-Bye is an old, broken doll found by Lucy and her sister in the woods. It seems to possess extraordinary powers, but will it use them for good or evil?

Like most kids with younger siblings, Lucy loves her sister Antonia, but is all too frequently annoyed with her as well. The two spend most of their time t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: August 24th 2021 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 2021)
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Lucy and her mother and younger sister Antonia have been struggling. They've left her abusive father and settled in a trailer in Oneega Valley, New York, where the mother works long hours at a diner. As the summer draws to a close, the girls find an old doll's head in the creek near their home, and Antonia (who is found of picking up "treasures") insists on keeping it, and seems to develop a weirdly close relationship with the doll, whom she calls Hush-a-Bye. When
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Aug 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley & Penguin Group for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

This follows an older sister who struggles with anxiety and stress at school while also taking care of her little sister. One day, her sister finds a creepy doll's head and takes it home. Strange things start happening, centered around the doll...

It's an OK book, serves its purpose as a scary chapter book, but I feel like the main character's backstory was emphasized way more than the actual horror aspect of
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