The third book in this exciting new series about four orphans with extraordinary abilities who live in Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Oddities, Freaks, and Wonders, and who must solve a string of murders and mysteries.This one involves a fearsome firebird and a dastardly plan.The extraordinary orphans Sam, Pippa, Thomas, and Max have just started to recover from their capture and subsequent escape from the evil Nicholas Rattigan. The arrival of fall brings a new attraction that Mr. Dumfrey knows will bring in the crowds he so hopes for-a rare firebird.But the children's lives don't stay quiet for long. A slew of bank robberies is terrorizing New York. And when Professor Farnum, the ringmaster of the museum's now immensely popular flea circus, is charged with murder, the search for the real killer uncovers a plot much bigger than any individual crime-a plot that can only be the work of Nicholas Rattigan.In this third book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and mysterious recluse H. C. Chester, the four children must uncover Rattigan's newest scheme, wage war with a rival freak show, and deal with a spy who may have infiltrated their happy home.
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)
Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at Penguin. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYUs MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.