Middle Grade Monday

Middle Grade Monday: The Shrunken Head

MondayMiddle Grade Monday is an original weekly meme to spotlight a great middle grade book!

chLadies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages: Welcome to Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders!

I read CURIOUSITY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEAD by Lauren Oliver last year and fell in love with this group of young freak-show performers.

This is a middle grade mystery that a has a bite. While not quite as gruesome as her book LIESL AND PO, this packs it’s very own punch in the murder, the shrunken head, and the very house our young heroes live in. This is definitely at an atmospheric read and I think it would be perfect as a rainy day mystery novel!

This is the type of book that makes you love all of the characters- even the bad ones! While the mystery isn’t that hard to figure out if you pay attention, it had a nostalgic Nancy Drew vibe to it (thanks to Pippa) that made knowing the twist ahead of time not so bad. Even if you do figure out who our thief is, the journey through the museum and the character’s that live there are well worth continuing to read.

 

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