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The shrunken head

by Oliver, Lauren, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 17 of 17 copies
Available (17)
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Children Fiction J Oli
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J Oli
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Kiosk j FICTION Oliver
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Kiosk
Call Number  j FICTION Oliver
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Fiction J OLI
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J OLI
Green Tree Public Library Children's JF OLI CUR BK 1
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Children's
Call Number  JF OLI CUR BK 1
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Fiction J F OLIVER Curiosity #1
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J F OLIVER Curiosity #1
Moon Township Public Library Juvenile Fiction JF OLIVER Lauren
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  JF OLIVER Lauren
Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J FIC OLIVE
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Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  J FIC OLIVE
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC OLIVER
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC OLIVER
Oakmont Carnegie Library Juvenile Fiction J OL
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J OL
Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC OLIVER
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Collection  Middle Grade Section
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Fiction J F OLI
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J F OLI
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j OLIVER
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j OLIVER
South Park Library Juvenile jF OLI CUR #1
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Juvenile
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Springdale Free Public Library Juvenile Fiction JUV OLIV
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Fiction JUV SCARY OLIVER C1
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade MG OLIVER
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Middle Grade
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Fiction J OLI MYSTERY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J OLI MYSTERY

Edgar Award nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery

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--a 2016 Edgar nominee for Best Juvenile book and New York Times bestseller--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 Brussel sprouts (shudder) A lecture on finishing all your homework on time A sweet, gooey story for nice little girls and boys

Learn more about the series online at www.thecuriosityhouse.com

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In 1930s New York City, murder and mayhem obsess the children who reside and are performers at Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Orphans Pippa (the mentalist), Sam (the overly strong boy), Thomas (the contortionist), and Max (the knife-throwing sharpshooter) get some firsthand experience with chaos when Mr. Dumfrey purchases a cursed shrunken head for the museum. When a smarmy reporter from the Daily Screamer starts writing sensational articles about the shrunken head and the children, the four decide to unravel the mystery behind the curse. Pooling their talents, they track down clues, suspects, and murder weapons while avoiding capture by the head of the local children's home. With a dollop of Lemony Snicket's hyperbole, a blob of J. K. Rowling's take on journalism, and a splotch of sideshow allure, Oliver (The Spindlers, 2012) and Chester have crafted a wildly imaginative, over-the-top tale in this series starter, complete with a bearded lady, a dwarf, a fat lady, a magician, and an alligator boy. 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.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: step right up and don't be shy. You must not-you absolutely cannot!-put this book down." With this bit of honest advertising, so begins this captivating series opener from Oliver (The Spindlers) and Chester (a pseudonym for Oliver's father, author Harold Schechter). A curiosity museum in financial trouble, "the only place on earth where four extraordinary children like Thomas, Sam, Pippa, and Max could fit in," faces bigger problems after a string of accidents and murders are linked to a shrunken head in its collection. Using talents of contortion, strength, mind-reading, and knife-throwing, the four children attempt to save the only home they know, while contending with dangers lurking all over 1930s New York City, from seedy reporters to mad scientists. A quick-paced plot is bolstered by the bonds of friendship these unusual yet endearing children form as they try to solve a mystery greater-and more personal-than they ever expected. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: (for Oliver) Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management; (for Chester) David Patterson, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Oliver, Lauren, 1982- Curiosity House.
#1 - Curiosity House: the shrunken head
#2 - Curiosity House: the screaming statue
#3 - Curiosity House: the fearsome firebird
Subjects Curiosities and wonders -- Juvenile fiction.
Museums -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Curiosities and wonders -- Fiction.
Museums -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Edition First edition.
Contributors Chester, H. C., author.
Language English
Description 362 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9780062270825 (pbk.)
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