Among the Dolls by William Sleator

By William Sleator

A dismal awakening . . .

When her mom and dad supply her a dismal outdated dollhouse for her birthday rather than the 10 velocity motorbike she's awaiting, Vicky is dissatisfied. yet she quickly turns into enthusiastic about the small shadowy global and its population. The hours she spends fidgeting with the dolls is an efficient option to break out from her parents's arguments. As Vicky's lifestyles turns into extra stricken, she begins to take out her frustration at the dolls, making their lives as unsatisfied as hers.

Then someday, Vicky wakes up contained in the dollhouse, trapped one of the monsters she's created. Bewildered, Vicky is certain she's dreaming. Can she locate her approach out of this nightmare global?

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It began to walk away, head and tail held high and proud. “Come back,” said Coraline. “Please. I’m sorry. ” The cat stopped walking, sat down, and began to wash itself thoughtfully, apparently unaware of Coraline’s existence. “We . . we could be friends, you know,” said Coraline. “But we’re not. ” Coraline sighed. “Please. ” Coraline asked the cat. “Look, I’m Coraline. “Cats don’t have names,” it said. ” said Coraline. “No,” said the cat. That’s because you don’t know who you are. ” There was something irritatingly self-centered about the cat, Coraline decided.

Miss Spink went off the stage, and the noise of trumpets squealed as the gramophone needle dug its way across the record, and was pulled off. “This is my favorite bit,” whispered the little dog in the seat next to her. The other Miss Forcible picked a knife out of a box on the corner of the stage. ” she asked. ” shouted all the little dogs. ” Miss Forcible curtsied, and all the dogs applauded again. Coraline didn’t bother clapping this time. Miss Spink came back on. She slapped her thigh, and all the little dogs woofed.

Shouted all the little dogs. ” Miss Forcible curtsied, and all the dogs applauded again. Coraline didn’t bother clapping this time. Miss Spink came back on. She slapped her thigh, and all the little dogs woofed. “And now,” Miss Spink said, “Miriam and I proudly present a new and exciting addendum to our theatrical exposition. ” The little dog next to Coraline nudged her with its front 39 coraline_E 6/11/02 4:18 PM Page 40 paw. “That’s you,” it hissed. Coraline stood up, and walked up the wooden steps to the stage.

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