Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Curiousity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

Cover image for The shrunken headPhilipa, Sam, Thomas and Max, are all performers at Mr. Dumphrey's "Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities and Wonders." Each of the tweens has a special freakish ability which they use as they begin to investigate the theft of the Museum's star attraction, a ghastly shrunken head.  The deeper they investigate the theft, the more people die, until suspects are dropping like flies.  Is it a curse, as the brash news reporter has asserted across the tabloid headlines, or are there more sinister motives than the kids ever imagined?

This is a fast paced, gumshoe-type mystery, with lots of action and thrills.  There were a few little plot holes in this story, but the fun interaction between the four kids more than makes up for it.  The depression era, freak show setting is also a lot of fun, suggesting a time when Ripley's Believe it or Not kind of museums were all the rage. This is the first in the series and there are a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I look forward to the next which will be coming out in May. (362 p)

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