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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, HOLLOW DOLLS, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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Sourcebooks Young Readers
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Hardcover, ebook
Middle Grade Fantasy

How can you keep secrets, when someone’s in your mind?

Simone is a mind reader. She knows a great many things about everyone she meets, but she can’t seem to remember anything about her past or where she came from. After finally being free for the first time in a long time, she sets off, determined to find her home.

When she stumbles across a man with two minds inside him – the real one, shoved deep down, and one of a body walker, someone who can take over a person’s body against their will – Simone is even more eager to leave her old life behind.

As Simone dives deeper into her history, she learns truths she never could have imagined. But when those she loves start disappearing around her, Simone knows only she can stop the evil.

Set in the same fantasy world as the Shadow Weaver duology, this series starter weaves a tale of secrets, power, magic, and the long path to home.


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Praise for Hollow Dolls

“Fans of the original duology will delight…new readers will also find plenty to digest here.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Connolly... introduces new characters and a gripping plot with a twist—all sure to captivate readers.”


“Entertaining… Connolly does continue to expand upon her world, and Simone’s attempt to unravel the secrets of her past is relatable.”

Publishers Weekly

"This fantasy covers a lot of ground—suspense, friendship, bravery, family, and magic. Plot twists will surprise even readers paying close attention."

School Library Journal

For Educators

A Discussion Guide for Hollow Dolls can be downloaded here!

Also, I love chatting with students and offer free 20-30 minute Skype visits. Learn more about School & Library Visits or request a Skype visit via my contact form.