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.
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by MaryJanice Davidson
by Jade Chang
"Nancy Wu's narration is filled with empathy for Kitty Hayward, an English girl who has just arrived in America and lives on Coney Island at the turn of the last century. When her mother becomes ill and then disappears, Kitty meets the quirky "unusuals" from Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet. Wu portrays the colorful, well-developed cast of characters like the leopard lady, Miss Vivi; the mute Turkish boy, P-Ray; the half-male and half-female, Roasalind; and the legless black man, Zeph. With clarity and enthusiasm, Wu finds unique vocal mannerisms as the characters display intense emotions, moral fiber, and a strong sense of family. Throughout, Wu maintains the worried but charming persona of Kitty while evoking the black but sweet humor of this fantastical story. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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