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Grade 4Ã¢ÂÂ6Ã¢ÂÂOlive Dunwoody and her mathematically minded parents move into an old Victorian home complete with the deceased owner's furnishings. Olive first notices that something is wrong when she can't take the paintings off the wall. She sees things moving in them. Then, while rummaging through the drawers, she finds a pair of glasses and tries them on. Olive can now enter the paintings and talk to the people in them. She is warned by a talking cat named Horatio not to spend too much time in there or to lose the glasses. She meets Morton in a painting and learns that he was forced into it because of a conversation he overheard. Olive is determined to find out more about the house and its history. But who can she trust. Her neighbours, the talking cats, or the people in the paintings. The expressive black-and-white illustrations contribute to the overall spooky mood of the story. The plot moves quickly as Olive pieces together clues. Recommend this book to reluctant readers and fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (HarperCollins, 2002).Ã¢ÂÂSamantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT
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A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West lives in Chilton, Wisconsin. This is her first novel.
"A suspenseful plot and insight into childhood loneliness will have readers anxiously awaiting the new book." - "Publishers Weekly", starred review "I would rate this book a 9.5 out of 10. This is a great summer read that will let your imagination run wild." - "TIME for Kids"