Series: Curiosity House (Book 1)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 29, 2015)
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Rating: 5 Freakish Stars
Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events.
When the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.
Ladies and gentlemen, boy and girls, step right up and come a little closer as I tell you the story of 4 extraordinary, out of the ordinary, marvelous and talent kids beyond your wildest imaginary.
Meet, Sam—the strongest boy in world. Gentle of heart and mind but capable of breaking you like a twig if pushed hard enough.
Next we have Pippa—the mentalist of the group. She can read your min…er, well she can read what’s in your pocket so you better be careful what you keep in there.
Then we have Thomas—with the body of a snake. Okay not exactly but that is what comes to mind when he’s slipping and sliding, bending and contorting and stuffing his body in the weirdest places. Great for ease dropping
Last but not least, Max—the toughest little girl in all of Manhattan. She’s quicker than a rattler when it comes to throwing knives. She hits the mark every time. You wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley.
So if you want to see these wonderful marvels or you’re just curious of mind, I highly recommend you stop by Mr. Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders.
Or you can pick up Lauren Oliver’s Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head and read as Sam, Pippa, Thomas and Max use their unique abilities to solve the murders and mayhem that surrounds The Shrunken Head. Along the way you will meet some remarkable and spectacular characters and eerie villains.
Don’t believe me? Checkout the book.
Not for nothing but this has to be one of the best middle grade books I’ve read so far this year. It’s absolutely magical and if you have a young one(s), they are bound to fall in love with this book the same way I did.
It’s just an overall fun and exciting read. For all ages. Not just the kiddies. Plus let’s not forget the illustrations within the book. Just ah-ma-zing!!! So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy like…right now!!!
P.S. Sam is my favorite. I mean I love them all but Sam is the best. But don’t tell the other ones I said that. I don’t want them to get jealous.
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*I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
**I also brought a physical copy of the book because I loved the book so much and to see if there were any changes. There were none that I could tell. But if you have the extra cash buy the hardcover version because that book is a beauty.