The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
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On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named
Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh
pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with
her mother. The discovery reveals a disturbing side to the
eccentric lives of family friends Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh,
known throughout their small western Pennsylvania town
simply as the Twins. It seems that Ab and Dolph have been
compelled by a powerful mutual love for their deceased mother
to do something extraordinary, something that in its own
twisted way bridges the gap between the living and the dead.
Immediately, Ivy's discovery provokes the revelation of a
Rumbaugh family curse, a curse that, as Ivy will learn over the
coming years, holds a strange power over herself and her own
In his third book for young adults, Jack Gantos has scripted a
completely original drama. With gothic flavor and black humor,
he depicts a group of people bound together by love,
compulsion . . . and a passion for taxidermy.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
100 Words or Less
Lightweight but fun novel. No real depth of meaning here, but that’s okay.
It’s an enjoyable read and somewhat surprising at times. Excellently crafted. If you’re looking for something easy and weird, then this is perfect.
- Level: Grades 9-13
- Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
- Published: Jun 24, 2008
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 192 Pages
- Language: English