Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Doll Maker (A Wierdville Book) by Majanka Verstraete REVIEW

Evolved Publishing presents The Doll Maker, the first book in the Weirdville series by Majanka Verstraete. This lower grade spooky adventure is perfect for kids 6-10 years old.

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. Now they’re stuck with a doll that looks so human, it gives Derek the creeps.

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, because….

…the doll maker seems linked to a bunch of mysterious disappearances, and the last thing Derek wants is his sister, or his friend, being next on the doll maker’s list.

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. 
She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.
She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. 

Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Law degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she's not writing, reading or studying, she likes to watching The Vampire Diaries and Game of Thrones, spending time with her friends, or playing World of Warcraft.

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Poppy's Review: 

The Doll Maker is a cleverly written horror story for kids ages 6-10 years old. However, it won't, or should I say shouldn't, give them nightmares. Yet, it is still creepy enough for older kids and even adults to enjoy.  

When a doll shop suddenly appears in town, and no one can remember anyone moving into the store, strange things begin happening in the small town of Weirdville. One afternoon Annie, along with her mother and older brother Derek, stroll past the store. Annie begins to beg for a doll sitting in the display window but her Mother tells her no. After all, she just had a birthday. Derek inquires why she would even want something so creepy. As their Mother drags Annie away, Derek glances back and notices the creepy Doll Maker standing in the shop window. 

Derek visits the store with his two friends, Martin and Jamie, something strange happens and Martin falls ill. Unbeknownst to the three boys at the time, The Doll Maker has placed a cursed on Martin. Then Derek learn kids have gone missing in their town and one has a very similar name to Annie's new doll, Tim. Could it be a consequence or is something going on with the creepy new Doll Maker? Derek is determined to find out.

The Doll Maker will keep you on the edge of your seat while wanting more and more. You'll quickly turn each page to learn more while curled up in your bed. Just be sure to leave the lights on! 


(Weirdville Books)
If you loved The Doll Maker, you’re sure to love these next two books in the Weirdville
series of slightly scary stories, ideal for kids 6-10 years old. Watch for them both coming

December 2, 2013 from Evolved Publishing.

MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways/Marietta Homeschooling Zoo was given a free copy of The Doll Marker for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.