In this second book in the New York Times bestselling Curiosity House series by exceptional author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.
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 unfortunately their home, Dumfreys’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever.
But their troubles only get worse. The four friends 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 and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts.
This is the second book in the series and so boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as:
- Howie, the “Human Owl,” whose head turns just about all the way around
- A mean but important house cat
- 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
- A list of time-consuming chores
- 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
Learn more about the series online at www.thecuriosityhouse.com.
About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.
She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.
Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.
Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”
Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.
Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.
H. C. Chester is a collector of unusual relics who came into possession of the artifacts of the museum’s estate and discovered the story of the four children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely LOVE it!
First, I want to say that these books are on the darker side of things. There is murder/death/etc. discussed freely throughout the book, and the characters are usually in dismal situations. It’s a unique perspective for a murder “mystery”, as most of the characters seem sort of used to sudden death, and just take it as a part of life. Add in the fact that the world sees them as freaks, and you can see why everyone seems grumpy. Having said that, the authors have skillfully crafted a quirky, enjoyable story. The characters are unique, well-developed and, despite most being “oddities”, are rather realistic and believable. I really liked the feel of the world that was created, I imagine it about early 1900’s (I couldn’t tell you when exactly, though – and I like that!). This writing duo writes with an edgy, sarcastic type of humor that skates the line between funny and dark. I can’t wait for book 3! *Note* I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book