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The Dollhouse Murders
The Dollhouse Murders
Author: Betty Ren Wright
What kinds of secrets do dolls keep? — Amy is terrified. She hears scratching and scurrying noises coming from the dollhouse, and the dolls she was playing with are not where she left them. Dolls can't move by themselves, she tells herself. But every night when Amy goes into the attic to check on the dollhouse, it is filled with an eerie ligh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780590434614
ISBN-10: 0590434616
Publication Date: 7/1/1995
Pages: 160
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Great book for younger teens/children. I loved it when I read it in elementary school. I would say to beware not to read to kids if they have nightmares easily b/c it can be a little scary to think about alone in the dark.
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I used to have this book when I was a kid and loved it. I read it several times. It's a great mystery book for pre-teens.
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I bought and read this book to judge its worthiness for my grandchildren. I think my nine- and twelve-year olds will get a kick out of it.
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Young Adult Fiction, Grades 4-6

First Line: Amy Treloar kicked off her shoes and climbed onto a cushioned bench in the middle of Regents Mall.

Amy is a young girl who wants to spend time with friends, but she finds it difficult to make them because she always seems to be in charge of her developmentally disabled sister. After her latest argument with her mother, Amy runs off and finds herself in the vicinity of her aunt, who lost her job in Chicago and is staying in her grandparents' house getting it ready for sale. Helping her aunt in the attic, Amy finds a wonderful dollhouse, a perfect match in every detail to the house in which she's standing. She finds her aunt's aversion to the dollhouse peculiar, but brushes it off until she discovers something very creepy: the little people in the dollhouse can move...and they seem to be trying to tell her something. Dissatisfied with her aunt's explanation, Amy starts sleuthing, and it's not long until she finds out that her great-grandparents were murdered in the house and that her aunt's fiance (who died the same night in a car wreck) has always been blamed for the crime. Are the little dollhouse people trying to tell her whom the murderer is?

I was almost immediately hooked by this book and was actually creeped out by those little dollhouse people. The main plot was fast-paced and engrossing, but the sub-plot involving Amy, her sister and her parents was very good as well. I can see why The Dollhouse Murders has been a popular mystery for twenty years, has won awards, and has been translated into dozens of languages. I wish it had been around when I was a child!