- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 790 (What's this?)
- Series: Curiosity House (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062270849
- ISBN-13: 978-0062270849
- ASIN: 0062270842
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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“Oliver and Chester have created another quirky middle-grade mystery that will have no trouble drawing a crowd.” (Booklist)
PRAISE FOR CURIOISTY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEAD: “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))
“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 it in a jar. Read this book immediately.” (Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Series and Bad Magic)
“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, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm series)
PRAISE FOR LIESL & PO: “A wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera’s frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement. An irresistible read: This book sings.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
PRAISE FOR LIESL & PO: “Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
PRAISE FOR THE SPINDLERS: “Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
PRAISE FOR THE SPINDLERS: “This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual initiative and the power of hope and friendship. With strong, self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong addition to fantasy collections.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
From the Back Cover
Four orphans with extraordinary abilities—Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max—are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago.
But their troubles have only just begun. The four are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich New York heiress, as well as to their own past.
In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, the children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.
This is the second book in the series and so boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as:
Howie, the “owl boy,” whose head turns just about all the way around
Some perfectly ghastly wax sculptures
A very thin boy named chubby
An awful mechanical leg it continues not to have:
A cautionary tale about running with scissors
Nutritious and decidedly not delicious vegetables
A perfectly sweet bedtime story about a wayward bunny
Two wet kisses on the cheek from your aunt Mildred
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*Note* I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book
Well, "Screaming Statue" features all of the same characters, is again set in Curiosity House, (as it pretty much must be), and follows a similar plot. Some sort of murder of a friend of the House occurs, the kids follow up on it, the clues lead to a bigger conspiracy, and the kids end up in various dangerous situations from which they must escape by virtue of their quick thinking and unique powers.
I was willing to go on another trip on this ride, but I'm probably done with the series. On the other hand, for readers who like the premise or who have particularly warmed to one of the characters, these outings are fine and fun, and will no doubt continue to entertain.
(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)