Mystery and Adventure for Kids

Today I have a book full unusual curiosities and oddities with a wonderful mystery attached.  For kids who like a good whodunit, with a lot of action and characters who have unusual talents, this is the book to give them.

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Title: Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head
 
Authors: Lauren Oliver & H. C. Chester
 
Target: Grades 4-7
 
Series: Yes
What this book is about: 
What if I told you this book was about a boy with super strength, a girl who reads minds, a young man who can contort himself into any space and a young woman who can throw knives with uncanny accuracy?  Now what if I told you they performed at the Dumfrey Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities and Wonders?  Intrigued?  Well I hope so!  The museum acquires a a shrunken head that sets off a series of murders.  Is the head cursed or is someone trying to get to our four intriguing young friends?  Only time, and a few more corpses will tell.
Why I love this book:
  • I just thought the premise of this book was so fascinating, and it didn’t disappoint.  I loved the four main characters who are endearing, resourceful and damaged, but who manage to create a family where they feel loved.
  • The mystery was a fun one.  I must admit that I saw the clues coming, but as an adult reader it felt like kids had a chance of solving the mystery without it being too obvious.
  • This book includes a bearded lady, an alligator boy and a dwarf and the message remains that being different is valued and special.
Who this book is for: 
Kids who like historical fiction or books such as Circus Mirandus will enjoy this one.  It is a mixture of action and character development, so kids have to like both.

 

Final thoughts: 
I really enjoyed this story.  I can’t wait for the next book in series due out in May!
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