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Among the Dolls

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  563 Ratings  ·  87 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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May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children who like scary doll stories
Shelves: doll-stories
This short, scary, slightly science fiction story, tells of how a girls mistreatment of her dolls has significant repercussions for her. It was an interesting read although I found it dark and gloomy and as a read aloud I found doing cross and sinister voices for virtually the whole book exhausting, I found the underlying message quite depressing because it is profoundly true. There were lots of twists to the story and it was fun trying to work out what was happening and what was going to happen ...more
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I think that I may have read this when I was younger.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Sleator's Juv. SF adventures. I love TSH's art, especially her fantasy. But this is horror. I can't stand horror. Or... maybe I can, when crafted by this team. Very original - no vampires, no witches, no gore, almost no violence... but nonetheless suspenseful. I'm very glad that I don't have a dollhouse in my attic....
I was really looking forward to reading this but.... I'm so disappointed. I felt it could have been so much more.
Rebecca McNutt
May 05, 2015 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.
A young girl gets an antique dollhouse for her birthday instead of the bike she wanted, and expresses her anger by making the dolls mistreat each other. When she wakes up and finds herself shrunken down to doll size and trapped inside the dollhouse, she realizes her play gave the dolls a mean streak and now they are taking it out on her. She has to find a way to escape or be trapped among the dolls forever.

Another creepy-doll favorite from my childhood. The original illustrations by Trina Schart
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Aug 29, 2010 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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This morning, I read Dan's review of Kate's House and Aimee mentioned this book in a comment. Creepy dolls and Sleator sounded like a good combination, my e-library had it, and as a very short children's book, it took me about half an hour to read, so you're getting a quick turnaround on this one.

"Aha," said the aunt doll softly, her smiling mouth not moving at all. "You are small and helpless now, I see."

This is the story of Vicky, a little girl who receives an antique dollhouse for her birthda
Justin Tate
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very short book that will stick with you. Marvelous in its simplicity, its adventure, and breath-taking symbolism.
Carol Ann
I always liked Sleator's House of Stairs. This one was only okay.
I loved the hell out of this book as a kid. This time through, as an adult, I found it rushed (about 70 pages) and missing the plotline I vividly remembered.* Vicky wants a 10-speed bike for her birthday, and instead her parents give her this lame antique dollhouse, so she takes out her disappointment by making the dolls fight and be horrible. Then Vicky gets sucked into the dollhouse to be a part of the horrible group she's created.

Creepy in the way that all Dolls Come Alive stories are, and I
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this one in an adult subscription box. That was a goof! Not terrible for a children's chapter book - has a bit of a feel of Indian in the Cupboard, but it wasn't something I would have ever picked up myself.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great sweet and creepy story with a twist i didn’t see coming! Recommend for anyone who’s ever played with dolls.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcf
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

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
Becky Keir Grace
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy
This came as a suggestion for a book club, and I figured I would give it a try. Vicky wants a ten speed bike for her birthday, but instead she is given an old dollhouse. At first she is not happy, but then she finds herself playing with it. Meanwhile things are not good in her house. Her mother is an unhappy woman and takes out her stress on Vicky and her father. Vicky begins to act out her aggression and frustration on the dolls in the home, and then one day she finds herself inside the dollhou ...more
Orrin Grey
Aug 19, 2011 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
May 19, 2010 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
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
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)
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
Kelly Hager
Sep 14, 2015 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
Nov 05, 2008 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
Feb 20, 2010 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
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, middle-grade
This here is a scary little book, full of dark atmosphere and cruelty.

That it's aimed at children is part of the scariness, of course. The tone is gloomier and tenser than the average book for young people -- which I'm not saying is a bad thing. When I read it as a child I got an awful thrill from how dismal and chilling it is. I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now as an adult. But I like horror stories. Know what you're giving your kids to read because this book is basically about abuse.

Or may
Jul 22, 2009 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
May 28, 2008 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.

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
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
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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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