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Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head (Book One)

Lauren Oliver, H C Chester

3 Reviews

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Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Tee, Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Roll up! Roll up! Fans of Lemony Snicket's SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS brace yourselves for an adventure of a lifetime. Witness the freaks, wonders and oddities at the Dime Museum. Tread the path of the four extraordinary children who live there...

The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.

Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Philippa is a powerful mentalist, Sam is the world's strongest boy, and Thomas can squeeze himself into a space no bigger than a bread box. The children live happily with museum owner Mr. Dumfrey, alongside other misfits. 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.

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Praise for Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head (Book One)

  • An absolute delight . . . The story is packed with mystery, murder, adventure, humour and magic, but above all it is a beautiful evocation of loss, tempered by the gradual blossoming of friendship, trust and hope. Although aimed at younger readers, the lightness of touch and the tenderness of the message could make grown men weep. - DAILY MAIL on LIESL & PO

  • LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group . . . there are some exquisitely drawn characters . . . it's books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH on LIESL & PO

  • A gorgeous story -- timeless and magical. - Rebecca Stead, Newbery winner for 'When You Reach Me'

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Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with DELIRIUM and then PANDEMONIUM - the first two books in her compellingly addictive trilogy. The eagerly anticipated final book in the Delirium trilogy, REQUIEM, will publish in Spring 2013.

She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find more information at www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (www.twitter.com/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveDelirium).

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