The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner features a protagonist who struggles, like Alice when talking to the Tweedles, with the fear that she may not be real. Except in Irréelle’s case there’s an especially good reason – she was created by a bone witch from nothing more than bone dust, and the witch keeps threatening to imagine her out of existence if she misbehaves.

Irréelle lives with her creator, Miss Vesper, in a crumbling mansion next to a graveyard. Tunnels lead from her basement into an underground realm below the cemetery, where Irréelle gathers bone dust from skeletons to bring back to Miss Vesper for use in her magic. After a big mistake, Irréelle escapes into the tunnels where she meets (and rescues) another of her Adversary’s creations, and together they work to solve a puzzle in hopes of being freed. But is any real life possible for an unreal girl?

In the final confrontation, Irréelle defeats her Adversary not with weapons or cunning, but with empathy, which was an interesting departure from the norm. Though overall the writing style itself was just average, I agree with one reviewer who said this would make a really great stop motion film like Coraline.