I can't remember the name of a story.

It was about dolls that made her parents argue and aggressive for payback, then turned her small so they could do more payback. In the end, she gets to the attic of the doll house and pulls a similar looking doll of herself out, and becomes free.

  • When did you read this? In what country? Do you remember any details about whether it was paperback or hardback? Cover details?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 20, 2015 at 18:11
  • Incidentally, I don't think "payback" is the right word, unless she'd burnt their house down or something. ("Payback" means "revenge", whereas I think you mean they became violent for no particular reason.) Sep 20, 2015 at 21:11

1 Answer 1


Definitely Among the Dolls by William Sleator now that I've read it:

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 inside the dollhouse, trapped among the monsters she's created. Bewildered, Vicky is sure she's dreaming. Can she find her way out of this nightmare world?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.