Sunday, January 15, 2017

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head

Oliver, Lauren and H.C. Chester.  Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head.  NY: Harper, c2015.  362 pages.

     This new series has been compared to the Lemony Snicket books.  It is the first in a series.  The next volume is Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue.  The series was an 2016 Edgar nominee (mystery award) for Best Juvenile book and New York Times bestseller.
     While political correctness should be observed, it is refreshing to see those with unique and unusual traits and skills who have found a place where they are accepted and happy.  I admired their spunk and intelligence.
     Phillipa, Sam and Thomas have happily grown up in Dumphrey's Museum of Freaks, Oddities and Wonders.  They were all rescued from desperate circumstances and while they have some unusual powers, they still feel pretty normal...if you can call performing in a daily museum show normal.  When a new girl arrives, Pippa overhears Dumphrey curiously say "Now I know all four of them are safe."
     What follows is a theft and a series of murders which the four decide they must solve for Mr. Dumphrey's sake.  You will enjoy this fast-paced mystery.

Recommended for junior high.     Review by Mrs. Belknap

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