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The Screaming Statue PDF, ePub eBook In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them. Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notor In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them. Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever. But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts. This is the second book in the series and so boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as: ·       Howie, the “Human Owl,” whose head turns just about all the way around ·       A mean but important house cat ·       Some perfectly ghastly wax sculptures ·       A very thin boy named Chubby ·       An awful mechanical leg It continues not to have: ·       A cautionary tale about running with scissors ·       A list of time-consuming chores ·       Nutritious and decidedly not delicious vegetables ·       A perfectly sweet bedtime story about a wayward bunny ·       Two wet kisses on the cheek from your aunt Mildred Learn more about the series online at www.thecuriosityhouse.com.

30 review for The Screaming Statue

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    The book is pretty fun, if a little unusual and having a sombre mood. The second book has the same plot pattern as the first; things are going bad in the beginning, murder happens, two or three suspicious threads have the kids running around in circles, they get lured into a trap and escape at the last moment. I enjoyed the mystery and how everything in the book projected a positively miserable and depressing atmosphere. It's kinda like a Tim Burton film, creepy and fascinating at the same time. The book is pretty fun, if a little unusual and having a sombre mood. The second book has the same plot pattern as the first; things are going bad in the beginning, murder happens, two or three suspicious threads have the kids running around in circles, they get lured into a trap and escape at the last moment. I enjoyed the mystery and how everything in the book projected a positively miserable and depressing atmosphere. It's kinda like a Tim Burton film, creepy and fascinating at the same time. The four kids: Sam, Max, Pippa and Thomas go well together as a team. I like all of them but grammar-nazi Pippa and brainy bendy Thomas are my favorites. Pippa because obviously (she and I share the obnoxious habit of correcting grammar errors) and Thomas because he is adorable and smart. There are deaths in this series, gruesome ones too despite the fact that it's meant for children. I'm not complaining since it made reading for the 22 year old me more fun. There are two things that I don't compute, though: 1) I still don't know how Dumfrey recognized Max instantly after seeing her for the first time. 2) Superpowers stemming from inhumane experimentation makes sense when the powers in question are super-strength or mind-reading. But knife-throwing? I don't think so. And having a flexible body and/or genius-level intellect? Also no. Final Verdict: GOOD.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saruuh Kelsey

    Just as exciting and endearing as the first book. I really enjoy the characters of this series - they make every book come to life. Sam is my favourite because he's so cute (despite his super strength and breaking things) but every character, even minor, has something that makes them stand out. No character blends into the background. The murder mystery of this was fun - and kept me guessing. I did not see the murderer coming, although it seems pretty obvious now. The continued suspicion and myste Just as exciting and endearing as the first book. I really enjoy the characters of this series - they make every book come to life. Sam is my favourite because he's so cute (despite his super strength and breaking things) but every character, even minor, has something that makes them stand out. No character blends into the background. The murder mystery of this was fun - and kept me guessing. I did not see the murderer coming, although it seems pretty obvious now. The continued suspicion and mystery around Rattigan and the kids' creation added another level of suspense too. I enjoyed the story - it's not too dark, not too lighthearted, and it's thoroughly memorable. Mystery, adventure, and characters you can't help but love. Another great installment.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dana Salman

    I haven't even finished the first book yet but I already know I want to read the next one. This seems like a promising new series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Flye

    Review: Protagonists: After discovering their troubling roots Pippa, Max, Sam, and Thomas just want things to go back to normal at Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, but tickets aren't selling well and their only hope seems to be a new exhibit featuring the murder of a prominent New York socialite who seems by all accounts to have been killed by her husband in a jealous rage. However, before they know it their dear friend, Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered and it seems to be Review: Protagonists: After discovering their troubling roots Pippa, Max, Sam, and Thomas just want things to go back to normal at Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, but tickets aren't selling well and their only hope seems to be a new exhibit featuring the murder of a prominent New York socialite who seems by all accounts to have been killed by her husband in a jealous rage. However, before they know it their dear friend, Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered and it seems to be connected in some way to their new exhibit. As they look deeper into this mystery everything is not quite what it appears. I have to say I really love these characters. It's very easy to get a grasp on these characters and see where they're going. Pippa's gifts are growing and yet it happens very gradually, there's no great surge of sudden power, but fleeting feelings and moments. Max becomes a bit distracted by a new member of the Dumfrey's Dime Museum family who isn't all well liked by the others. Sam, still unable to fully control his strength is full of angst, just wanting to be like everyone else, to have a pet or even open a door without risking pulling it off its hinges. Then there's Thomas, as curious as ever and in many ways the tie that binds this group. I loved seeing these characters grow and face challenges that while a bit different can still resonate with the reader. Romance: As with the first book in this series, there isn't a lot of romance, in fact, I'm skeptical to even call some of the stuff in this book romance. That being said, though, there are some romantic feelings floating around this cast of characters. It's all very innocent stuff that wouldn't make me hesitant to use the word "crush." There's a bit of a Middle-Grade love triangle in this book as well, but it's done in such a way that makes it obvious where things may eventually go. I really enjoyed the small spatterings of romance through this story. It never detracts from the story and as I said before it's all very innocent blushes of new feelings for the kids involved and so I'm not sure where it'll go or if it will even come to anything before the series comes to a close, but either way it's so far been spectacularly done. World Building: So I looked back at my review for the first installment in this series and I have no idea what I was thinking. In that review I said there wasn't a lot of world building, however, there's a whole lot of it in both that book and this one. I think where my mind was, was that the author wrote a fantastic 1950's-ish setting but there wasn't a lot of this unique part of this world expanded upon. The origin story of the children is a bit muddy (from what I can remember) and while the makeshift family in the Curiosity House is fantastic, it comes off a bit underwhelming. In this book a lot of those problems are still there, although the world is expanded upon, it feels very isolated to this one installment. It's been a while since I read the previous installment, so maybe there's some mention of the events and people that seem to be introduced in this installment, and if they are I take back what I am going to say, but there's a lot introduced in this book that feels like it deserves some sort of, at the very least casual, mention in the previous installment, otherwise the two stories have a weird unseen division between them. I found the further world building a bit underwhelming for the second book in a trilogy. I was expecting big surprises and twisted revelations but while there were some great twists, which I'll get to in a moment, there wasn't a whole lot of meat to this story. Don't get me wrong it's extremely entertaining, but it just feels lacking as a prominent fixture in this trilogy. Predictability: As I said above this book does a good job to throw twists in the way of the story. There are a lot of moving parts to this story and because of that, there's a lot of possibilities for where the story can go and what the possible twists could be. That being said there's one twist that while incredibly well concealed, was a tad underwhelming. I was hoping for something more elaborate and again, while the author did do a great job at covering her tracks so the surprise would be a good one, I just wish there was something a bit more complex going on. I know this is a middle-grade book, but even so, there could have been some other facet of the story, some greater plan that could have still been accessible to a younger reading group. Ending: As seems to be the theme of this story there's a lot to the ending that feels underwhelming, that being said though as the story comes to a close there are some fantastic little surprises that genuinely caught me off guard and helped round out this book just a tad more. The final climax of the story was very well done and had a very cinematic feel to that defining climactic moment, and the cooldown period is where things start to come together again. With a lot of the moving parts to this story out of play, things become clearer and some really interesting red herrings come to light. I did truly like how this story ended in a way that settles things down for a while and there isn't some over the top crazy cliffhanger to make readers go crazy for nearly a year. Rating: I did really enjoy this story, it's a wonderfully written and nicely paced mystery, I just wish it wowed me more and felt a bit more cohesive. It's still a great addition to this trilogy and I'm excited to see where the story will go in the grand finale.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    compared to the first volume this was much simpler. in the first volume beside the murders, we had Rattigan and his relationship with the children and the children issues with each other but because this volume and the next were only focused on murders they were less interesting. also the point that children trusted Spode so easily left me shocked. when you know a crazy scientist is following you around you would never trust someone and go meet them in an abandoned factory. not much to say reall compared to the first volume this was much simpler. in the first volume beside the murders, we had Rattigan and his relationship with the children and the children issues with each other but because this volume and the next were only focused on murders they were less interesting. also the point that children trusted Spode so easily left me shocked. when you know a crazy scientist is following you around you would never trust someone and go meet them in an abandoned factory. not much to say really, not a bad book but not really an amazing book either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This has the same feel as the first book, and I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion to this series. The mystery is intriguing, and the resolution was mildly surprising. I had parts of it figured out already. Also, the main characters were still likeable. Although, they were moodier in this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fatinamudz

    I definitely love this second series of Curiosity House! Full review coming up on my blog

  8. 4 out of 5

    Basia

    There were some minor continuity issues between this and the first one, but not huge enough to really notice. I think I only did because I listened to them back-to-back. Man, I love these kids.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Parker Paniagua

    The title of this fictional and mysterious book is Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue. This is the second book in the new Curiosity House series by authors Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester. The book follows the four children from the last book, Max, Sam, Pippa, and Thomas. After escaping the hands of the last antagonist, Professor Rattigan, the children believe that their troubles are over. But, soon a good friend of theirs by the name Siegfried Eckelberger is murdered. As the children look fo The title of this fictional and mysterious book is Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue. This is the second book in the new Curiosity House series by authors Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester. The book follows the four children from the last book, Max, Sam, Pippa, and Thomas. After escaping the hands of the last antagonist, Professor Rattigan, the children believe that their troubles are over. But, soon a good friend of theirs by the name Siegfried Eckelberger is murdered. As the children look for clues, they face both the mystery of Eckelberger's murder and its ties to the murder of a famous heiress, and the chance that their home, Dumfreys's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, may be shut down forever. I think that this sequel to the first book was fantastic. It provided further development of each of the children and their importance to one another, gave excellent teasers and clues to the mystery of the murder of their friend, and it showed how these children are able to handle their own home being closed down forever. I really loved this book and almost everything about it. One thing was how the four children managed to stick together no matter what, even when at one point they were divided due to the museum possibly closing down. Pippa and Max couldn't get along and they constantly judged each other. Max and Sam fought because Sam didn't like that Max was hanging out with another boy named Howie at the museum. And Thomas couldn't really get anyone to help him focus on the mystery at hand. Still, the kids ended up helping each other solve the mystery, since they are really the only people they can truly trust. I also liked how suddenly events happened and reading how the kids handled. In one point in the story, Sam, Max, Pippa, and Thomas attacked by a group of street kids and they manage to defeat them with their abilities, such as Sam using his super strength to hurt the kids, which he did just by tapping them. I really hope this new series is carried on with lots of more books. I just loved how it showed that even children can solve some of the greatest crimes and mysteries that threaten to come into place. Their powers and skills help them overcome how different they are from everyone else and that they have their own family, just like regular citizens. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read fantasy or mystery books and loves a good bond between family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lauren Oliver is back, with another adorable and mysterious entry in the Curiosity House series. If you'll recall, I was pretty head over heels for the first book in this series. The fact that this is a Depression era mystery, set up for Middle Grade readers, never ceases to impress me. However it's really the characters themselves that keep me coming back. Sam, Pippa, Max, and Thomas are just the cutest little ragtag group of detectives that there ever was. I don't care how many books there end Lauren Oliver is back, with another adorable and mysterious entry in the Curiosity House series. If you'll recall, I was pretty head over heels for the first book in this series. The fact that this is a Depression era mystery, set up for Middle Grade readers, never ceases to impress me. However it's really the characters themselves that keep me coming back. Sam, Pippa, Max, and Thomas are just the cutest little ragtag group of detectives that there ever was. I don't care how many books there end up being in this series. I'll read them all. I admit that The Screaming Statue was perhaps a smidgen less exciting than the first book. Mainly, this was because there's a lot more introspection into our characters and so not quite as much action. Honestly though, that ended up being a wonderful thing. I learned so much about their hopes, their dreams, and their fears. Lauren Oliver does a wonderful job of addressing the fact that a family doesn't necessarily need to be blood. The bonds built between these characters were strong, and the ending of the story only brought them closer together. I couldn't help but sigh a bit, for the happiness of it all. Since I was a young reader, I've always loved stories that aren't afraid to tackle how scary the world can be sometimes. I think Lauren Oliver has perfected the art of doing just that. Her characters are wonderfully vivid and full of personality. However, at the end of the day, they're also just human. They may have amazing abilities, but they're still just kids who are scared sometimes and hurt sometimes. They're mortal. I love that, and I love these books! I'm eager for more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Andrus

    Yep, these four awesomely extraordinary kids are at it again. The second book in the series added some further depth to the characters, keeping the reader invested in the story. For instance, turns out Max does have some heart. We continue to delve into their mysterious past and Rattigan is as terrifying as ever. Which, I'm not going to lie, (spoiler alert!) I was a bit upset at the end because of him—a good upset, you know, like a I-need-the-next-book-now-please upset. Which brings me to the sto Yep, these four awesomely extraordinary kids are at it again. The second book in the series added some further depth to the characters, keeping the reader invested in the story. For instance, turns out Max does have some heart. We continue to delve into their mysterious past and Rattigan is as terrifying as ever. Which, I'm not going to lie, (spoiler alert!) I was a bit upset at the end because of him—a good upset, you know, like a I-need-the-next-book-now-please upset. Which brings me to the story itself. This one was a bit tidier than the first—not so many murders and clues thrown at you—but I sure got depressed by the continuing tragic saga of whether or not Dumfrey's museum would have the funds to survive. Plus the drama between the residents...it all created a rather stressful subplot. A minor, personal-preference complaint, really. Overall, a fantastic follow up to book one. I'd definitely recommend the series thus far.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fi's Journey

    I thought this one was less fun than the first book and not sure If I want to read the third one, The Fearsome Firebird (The Curiosity House #3). I particular wasn't very fond of the writing and the characters didn't stand out like in the first book. This more between 2.5 - 3* Stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Diller

    This was a great book!! I totally called the villain, well, half of it anyways. I think all the characters were great and I look forward to the next one. This book is recommended to any who are looking for a mystery within a mystery within a mystery!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zahra

    It was a screaming mystery! As amazing as the last book. Extraordinary characters with plenty of twists and turns.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paris Wynn

    This is the second book in the Curiosity House series. I would advise you read the first one before reading this review. After falling in love with the first book, I was eager to read this one, and I was not disappointed. This book follows, Max, Philippa, Thomas and Sam, 4 extraordinary children living and working for Mr Dumfrey's Dime museum of freaks, oddities and wonders. These four children have extraordinary gifts, such as super strength and being able to read minds, well pockets, which we l This is the second book in the Curiosity House series. I would advise you read the first one before reading this review. After falling in love with the first book, I was eager to read this one, and I was not disappointed. This book follows, Max, Philippa, Thomas and Sam, 4 extraordinary children living and working for Mr Dumfrey's Dime museum of freaks, oddities and wonders. These four children have extraordinary gifts, such as super strength and being able to read minds, well pockets, which we learn in the first book, are due to the results of experiments carried out on them by the notorious evil criminal Rattigan. This book follows the children as they try to work out who is responsible for the murder of one of their oldest friends: Freckles. With everything on the line, the children need to stick together to succeed, but with disaster around every corner, will they managed to find the killer in time, or will the museum be forced to shut before the case is resolved?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    Anybody who knows me knows that I have a very strange curiosity towards carnies and the carnie life. This book isn't exactly about carnies but about a strange house filled with many people that make it feel like an inside Circus show. This is the second book in The Curiosity House series by Lauren Oliver. There are many young characters that you immediately become connected with as they are trying to help solve the mystery of the Screaming Statue and who stole it and why are so many people getti Anybody who knows me knows that I have a very strange curiosity towards carnies and the carnie life. This book isn't exactly about carnies but about a strange house filled with many people that make it feel like an inside Circus show. This is the second book in The Curiosity House series by Lauren Oliver. There are many young characters that you immediately become connected with as they are trying to help solve the mystery of the Screaming Statue and who stole it and why are so many people getting murdered. I feel like it is more of cozy mystery not scary. I would recommend for any young adult who likes this genre of reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    A dear friend of Sam, Pippa, Thomas, and Mr. Dumphrey has been murdered, and even Max is in on the case as the small group of gifted sleuths try to uncover the truth behind the apparent theft, only for the threat of their museum shutting down to start hanging over their heads! Oliver provides another dark but charming mystery that takes fans on a trip into the spooky with its entertaining cast and delectable shocks. Can the four friends hold off on all their sudden bickering in time to find the A dear friend of Sam, Pippa, Thomas, and Mr. Dumphrey has been murdered, and even Max is in on the case as the small group of gifted sleuths try to uncover the truth behind the apparent theft, only for the threat of their museum shutting down to start hanging over their heads! Oliver provides another dark but charming mystery that takes fans on a trip into the spooky with its entertaining cast and delectable shocks. Can the four friends hold off on all their sudden bickering in time to find the real killer?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine Ditzel

    I found this story to be much stronger and more enjoyable to its predecessor, The Shrunken Head. It had an easier time holding my attention, and when I put it down I wanted to return to it. The addition of new characters to the series, including Chubby and Lash, was incredibly well done as were scenes involving characters who had much smaller roles in the first book. The world is certainly growing as are Oliver's and Chester's strength and confidence as writers of this series. I look forward to I found this story to be much stronger and more enjoyable to its predecessor, The Shrunken Head. It had an easier time holding my attention, and when I put it down I wanted to return to it. The addition of new characters to the series, including Chubby and Lash, was incredibly well done as were scenes involving characters who had much smaller roles in the first book. The world is certainly growing as are Oliver's and Chester's strength and confidence as writers of this series. I look forward to reading the third book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Lim

    Always love this series and I wish for more and more of it. This time, Thomas, Max, Pippa and Sam are having a crazy adventure involving a mysterious murder, missing photograph and a screaming statue. Moreover, Mr. Dumfrey's museum was threatened to close due to bad business, and their archenemy, Rattigan, was coming lose to catch them again. As always, Lauren Oliver is in her element, with all the adventures, old school NYC, friendship and conflicts, and of course the twist :) Can't wait for the Always love this series and I wish for more and more of it. This time, Thomas, Max, Pippa and Sam are having a crazy adventure involving a mysterious murder, missing photograph and a screaming statue. Moreover, Mr. Dumfrey's museum was threatened to close due to bad business, and their archenemy, Rattigan, was coming lose to catch them again. As always, Lauren Oliver is in her element, with all the adventures, old school NYC, friendship and conflicts, and of course the twist :) Can't wait for their next adventure - at least there's one book already came out!

  20. 4 out of 5

    B

    The second in a clever, humorous and imaginative series. Although it is very similar to the first with mysterious murders, a bad guy, Professor Ratigan, (great name), trying to grab the four orphans from their home, the Curiosity House, and lots of activity in historical New York City, I enjoyed this one as much as the first.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Makayla

    This one went by a little slower than the first book (The Shrunken Head). I still enjoyed it, but it was a little more drug out and took me longer to read because it wasn't quite as exciting. I still love and adore the characters, and enjoyed the introduction of new characters as well. I got quite the chuckle out of Sam's obvious jealousy of Howie and loved seeing Pippa and Thomas' relationship grow throughout the novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Like the first book in the series, a serviceable addition to the odd-children-solving-mysteries genre. A little bit funny, a little bit quirky. Nothing super-special, but good enough to keep reading the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    I feel like this book wasn’t as god as the first. In the first book the shrunken head was a main part of the book, but in this one, the screaming statue was barely a plot. I was very confused and that is why i rated it 4 star.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maywoodbooks

    Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children meets Lemony Snicket- not a bad mystery genre with unique elements (the children are man- made "freaks"). Inadvertently solving unfortunate mysteries that that seem to find them, just like the mad scientist that created them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tina Szklarzewski

    More of the same as the first book. Quirky kids trying to solve murder mysteries. We get a little more insight into the kids personalities, but not enough to connect with them. Overall? The book? It was fine.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corina Lin

    Loved it,definately going to read more.Loved the illustrations too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Captivating. Intriguing. Fantastic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Matthews

    The chase is still on between the evil professor and the changelings. Complicated by additional nogoodniks, this mystery is easy to solve IF one understands all the clues~!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    A great book to add to the series - The Curiosity House- and the characters were interesting. Good book with lots of suspense, mystery and adventure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tia Garrigues

    Despite having not read the first book, I really enjoyed this story. The characters are unique and complex, the story intriguing and dark.

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