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Morse Pond Review: Curiosity House, The Shrunken Head

ShrunkenHeadCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head

Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester



Available now

Curiosity House, The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester is an exciting book, set in the 1930s in New York. When a fourth child joins the group of orphans with extraordinary abilities living in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, murders begin happening, and people think it’s linked to the shrunken head, the newest addition to the museum’s collection. When the head is stolen, Max, Pippa, Thomas, and Sam will do all the can to solve the Curse of the Shrunken Head. One of the best parts about the book is the characters, so different from each other, and anybody I have ever met. This is the best book I have ever read!

~ Sadie, grade 5

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Staff Review: A Snicker of Magic

9780545552707A Snicker of Magic

Natalie Lloyd

Scholastic Press

Available February 25, 2014

Felicity Pickle has spent most of her life on the move. Mama is restless and doesn’t like to stay in one place for too long. When Mama, Felicity, and younger sister Frannie Jo drive in to Midnight Gulch, Felicity can’t help thinking that maybe this time things will be different; maybe this time they’ll stay. Not only is Midnight Gulch is Mama’s home town, but when they arrive, Felicity hears a “Yes! Yes! Yes!” drumbeat in her chest.

Felicity needs a miracle, but fortunately Midnight Gulch is a magic town, and everything is not always as it seems. Or at least it used to be a magic town, and Felicity, who can see words dancing through the world, is determined to help Midnight Gulch find its magic and help her family find their home.

Filled with quirky and absolutely lovable characters, A Snicker of Magic is a book with heart, one not to be missed by anyone who appreciates that every one, and every town, has a story to tell. But mostly it’s a book for anyone who understands the value of words — and ice cream.

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Morse Pond Review: A Snicker of Magic

9780545552707A Snicker of Magic

Natalie Lloyd

Scholastic Press


Available February 2014

If you like magic and mystery you will like A Snicker of Magic. The main characters are Jonah and Felicity and they are ready to break a curse of the brothers Threadbare! Along the way Jonah and Felicity meet a girl named Florentine and she carries around jars that she has never even looked at and they have the curse on them! Felicity and her mom and sister are cursed to travel and not stay somewhere, but when they break the curse, they are free not to wander anymore. I thought this book was good because it leaves you in a mystery and you just don’t want to stop reading. This book will be out in February 2014!

~ Caroline, age 10

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