Among the Dolls by William Sleator

By William Sleator

A dismal awakening . . .

When her mom and dad supply her a dismal previous dollhouse for her birthday rather than the 10 velocity motorbike she's awaiting, Vicky is upset. yet she quickly turns into fascinated with the small shadowy global and its population. The hours she spends fiddling with the dolls is an efficient solution to get away from her parents's arguments. As Vicky's lifestyles turns into extra , she begins to take out her frustration at the dolls, making their lives as unsatisfied as hers.

Then at some point, 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 means out of this nightmare international?

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Without warning, he leaped off the chair, rushed me, and sank his teeth into my leg. ” Pain lanced through my calf like an electrical shock. Grabbing his hair, I tried prying his teeth from my skin, but he clung to me like a leech and bit down harder. It felt like glass shards stabbing into my leg. Tears blurred my vision, and my knees almost buckled from the pain. ” Robbie stood inside the front door, a backpack f lung over his shoulder, his green eyes wide with shock. Ethan released me, jerking his head toward the shout.

Robbie grinned. ” PUCK. THE PUCK WAS STANDING in my hallway. “No way,” I whispered, shaking my head. This was Robbie, my closest friend. I would’ve known if he was an ancient faery. Wouldn’t I? Frighteningly, the more I thought about it, the more likely it seemed. I’d never seen Robbie’s house, or his parents. The teachers all loved him, though he never did a lick of schoolwork and slept through most of the classes. And strange things 64 JULIE KAGAWA happened when he was around: mice and frogs ended up in desks, or names were switched around on term papers.

The girls broke into a chorus of shocked giggles, and I almost snapped. Robbie, however, tightened his grip and pulled me away. I heard him mutter something under his breath, and felt a shudder go through the air, like thunder with no sound. Behind us, Angie started to scream. 44 JULIE KAGAWA I tried to turn back, but Robbie yanked me onward, weaving through the crowd as the rest of the students jerked their heads toward the shrieking. But, for a split second, I saw Angie covering her nose with her hands, and her screams were sounding more and more like the squeals of a pig.

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