Flashback Friday: The Dollhouse Murders (#2)

 


Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies where you highlight a book from your reading past.


This week for Flashback Friday I have chosen “The Dollhouse Murders” by Betty Ren Wright.

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Published: January 1st 1948

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Amy is having difficulties at home being responsible for her brain-damaged sister, Louann. While visiting her Aunt Clare at the old family home, she discovers an eerily-haunted dollhouse in the attic-an exact replica of the family home. Whenever she sees it, the dolls, representing her relatives, have moved. Her aunt won’t listen to Amy’s claims that the dolls are trying to tell her something. This leads Amy to research old news reports where she discovers a family secret-the murder of her grandparents. The two sisters unravel the mystery. Amy grows to accept her sister and to understand that Louann is more capable than she had first thought. (from GoodReads)

This book was read to me by my fifth grade teacher back in 2008, but since it was near the end of the school year she wasn’t able to finish reading it to us so of course I checked it out from my library! I have never been a fan of horror books, but this novel is so intriguing! It’s full of mystery as well and really makes you look at dollhouses in a different way… I actually reread this novel a year ago to my sister and realized just how creepy some parts of the story are. I definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in mystery and some horror!

Have you read The Dollhouse Murders?

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Flashback Friday: The Penderwicks (#1)

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Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies where you highlight a book from your reading past.


This week for Flashback Friday I have chosen “The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy” by Jeanne Birdsall.266904

Published: June 14, 2005

Synopsis:

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget. (from GoodReads)

I read this book back in 2008 because it was a Rebecca Caudill Nominee and I always had to read every book that was on that list. The Penderwick family was fun to read about, since the daughters were so quirky and adventurous! This is definitely a summer read especially when you are looking for a pick-me-up. Although this novel is written for middle grade students and is therefore quite simple, I think it is enjoyable at any age!

Have you read The Penderwicks?

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