Synopses & Reviews
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. 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. This sensational new series combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of Lauren Oliver with the rich knowledge of the notorious relics collector H. C. Chester.
What you will find in this book:
- A rather attractive bearded lady
- Several scandalous murders
- A deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head
- Four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities
- A quite loquacious talking bird
What you will NOT find in this book:
- An accountant named Seymour
- A never-ending line at the post office
- Brussels sprouts (shudder)
- A lecture on finishing all your homework on time
- A sweet, gooey story for nice little girls and boys
“Step right up! Step right up! Mystery, murder, curses, and sideshow freaks! Or are they superheroes? There's only one way to find out... Read Curiosity House! You'll be glad you did!” Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm
“Stupendous and stupefying! A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a shrunken head. If you aren't curious about Curiosity House, somebody must have pickled your brain and put in a jar. Read this book immediately.” Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Series and Bad Magic-Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Series and Bad Magic-Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author of the Secret
"The continuous action, compelling mystery, and dark, brooding illustrations make this book impossible to put down. Perfect for kids who feel they're different or those simply after a freakishly good time." Booklist (starred review)
A sensational new middle grade series that combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of New York Times
bestselling author Lauren Oliver with the rich knowledge of the reclusive and mysterious relics collector H. C. Chester. This outstanding new mystery series, set in 1930s New York, will capture the imagination and hook readers from the first page.
Despite being blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have never felt anything but normal in Dumfreys Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders: Philippa is a powerful mentalist, Sam is the worlds strongest boy, and Thomas can squeeze himself into a space no bigger than a bread box. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife thrower with deadly accuracy, joins the group, it sets off a dramatic chain of events that will threaten the only place theyve ever felt at home.
When the museums most prized possession, an 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.
About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novels Before I Fall, Panic, and Vanishing Girls and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers; Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; and Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head, co-written with H. C. Chester, and a novel for adults, Rooms. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYUs MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.