A hypnotic debut in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, where an abandoned girl collides with a disgruntled ménage of circus freaks.
Kitty Hayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island's newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty's mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty's new friends quickly adopt her and vow to help find the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island...or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.
With shades of Water For Elephants and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet sweeps readers into a mesmerizing world where nothing is as it seems, and where "normal" is the exception to the rule.
The best way to describe this book is to say it is enchanting. It takes place in Coney Island in the late 1800's. Kitty is the main protaganist who comes to Coney Island for a holiday with her mother. But when her mother goes missing, she finds herself in dire straights. Hungry and without money, she encounters a charming gentleman who takes her under wing and introduces her to a sideshow with a vast array of strange freaks and characters.,
Fast paced, intricate historical details and great writing add to the wonderful storyline. This book is fascinating in its unusualness with plenty of eccentric characters. This novel is a great escape, a delightful read for the summer.
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