Monday, February 1, 2016

The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

I've been meaning to read this book for years, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Amy is tired of being responsible for her mentally-handicapped sister and wants to get away. She ends up visiting Aunt Clare at her country home and discovers a beautiful, but spooky, dollhouse in her attic. Amy notices that the dolls change positions by themselves and that there are cries and lights coming from the dollhouse. Aunt Clare seems to get upset around it, and she accuses Amy of being mean for moving the dolls. Amy discovers a grisly secret about her grandparents' deaths and makes it her mission to find out the truth. The dollhouse seems to hold the key.

Many of my students have raved about this book. It was a pretty easy book to read and had an interesting plot. There was a nice blend of conflicts between the sisters, Amy and her aunt, and the mystery surrounding the dollhouse. Amy wants to discover the truth, but she doesn't want to upset her aunt. She wants to get away from her sister, but she wants to protect her. The climax fittingly comes on a dark and stormy night. Overall, it was a good book.

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