Island of the Dolls
My first book, Island of the Dolls is based on the actual island in Xochimilco, Mexico. Legend has it that a man named Don Julian lived on the floating island in his hut. One day he found a little girls body in the murky water, but it was too late and he was not able to resuscitate her. Days after finding the girl's body, a doll floated near where Don Julian had first seen the girl's body. He Took the doll and hung it in his hut as a remembrance for the little girl. Soon after, people say that the little girl haunted Don Julio, so he started collecting dolls and hung them around the island. It is said that he would hang the dolls to honor the little girl. You may have seen the island featured on Ghost Adventures and Destination Truth— yup! It's that island.
My fictional version of the Island of the Dolls follows 13-year-old Marcela on a tour with friends in Xochimilco, Mexico. An unforeseen event leads them off course and Marcela is faced with a blinding fog, possessed dolls, and alone. She must find her friends and a way off the haunted island before the dolls makes them their permanent residence.
Photos and video credit to my sister Yvette Tour credit to our cousin Cuauhtêmoc
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