The Dollhouse Murders [NOOK Book]

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Each time Amy goes up to the attic in the middle of the night, the dollhouse is filled with a ghostly light and the dolls have moved from where she last left them. Even though Amy's terrified, she knows the dolls are trying to tell her something. But what? Could their movements be connected to the grisly murders that took place years before? Amy becomes increasingly alarmed when her aunt Clare, who owns the dollhouse, grows angry at her questions. In a spine-chilling climax, Amy and her sister unravel the mystery...
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Each time Amy goes up to the attic in the middle of the night, the dollhouse is filled with a ghostly light and the dolls have moved from where she last left them. Even though Amy's terrified, she knows the dolls are trying to tell her something. But what? Could their movements be connected to the grisly murders that took place years before? Amy becomes increasingly alarmed when her aunt Clare, who owns the dollhouse, grows angry at her questions. In a spine-chilling climax, Amy and her sister unravel the mystery and liberate their aunt from a terrible burden of guilt.

A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them lead Amy and her retarded sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wright's taut, suspenseful novel proves a solid choice to kick off the Live Oak Mysteries audio series. The attic is always a great place to look for nuggets of one's family history, but when 12-year-old Amy explores her great-grandparents' attic, she uncovers clues to a chilling family secret. As Amy and her Aunt Claire sift through clothes, trinkets and other memorabilia, Amy comes across Aunt Claire's long-forgotten dollhouse, a finely crafted replica of the house they are in. Aunt Claire seems unusually distressed about the dollhouse and Amy is determined to find out why. The real fun begins when Amy learns that the dolls in the dollhouse move of their own will--and that they seem to be trying to tell her something. After a little sleuthing at the local library, Amy learns that her great-grandparents were murdered years ago and that Aunt Claire's fianc (who died in a car accident that same night) was the prime suspect in the unsolved case. Before long, Amy unravels the mystery, helping Aunt Claire to resolve her feelings about the past. A subplot about Amy's relationships with her parents, younger sister and best friend adds depth and warmth to this crisply paced tale. Stewart handles the narration with aplomb, using her voice to give listeners a hint of each character's personality. Her portrayal of Aunt Claire, who delivers a few chillingly snappish retorts to Amy, is particularly strong. Ages 8-up. (Mar.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This scary mystery by Betty Ren Wright Holiday, 1983 is sure to keep the interest of students, mainly girls. Narrator Carol Jordan Stewart does an excellent job. Her diction, pacing, and characterization are well-done. Twelve-year-old Amy is having difficulties at home being responsible for her brain-damaged sister, Louann. While visiting her Aunt Clare at the old family home, she discovers an eerily-haunted dollhouse in the attic-an exact replica of the family home. Whenever she sees it, the dolls, representing her relatives, have moved. Her aunt won't listen to Amy's claims that the dolls are trying to tell her something. This leads Amy to research old news reports where she discovers a family secret-the murder of her grandparents. The two sisters unravel the mystery. Amy grows to accept her sister and to understand that Louann is more capable than she had first thought. This audiobook would be an excellent choice for schools and public libraries.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823426829
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 70,786
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Betty Ren Wright is the renowned author of numerous books for young readers. Her other thrillers, including The Dollhouse Murders and Crandalls' Castle, have each won numerous state awards, and her The Ghost in Room 11 won the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award. A former children's book editor, she lives in Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

1 "She Can't Help the Way She Is" 1
2 "The Most Perfect Dollhouse" 12
3 "So We All Have Problems" 20
4 "We Love You Very Much, You Know" 26
5 "Dolls Can't Move by Themselves" 32
6 "A Visit You'll Remember" 39
7 "They Were Murdered?" 44
8 "I Don't Believe in Ghosts" 51
9 "I've Never Been So Scared in My Life" 61
10 "When She Leaves, Where Will I Run?" 68
11 "I Saw a Light in the Dollhouse" 73
12 "I Came to the Party" 79
13 "Something Little Will Turn Out to Be Big" 88
14 "The Poor Dolly Is Crying" 100
15 "A Ghostly Secret!" 106
16 "It Could Have Been Just Anyone" 117
17 "Someone's Walking on the Dollhouse Stairs" 128
18 "More Ghosts, Amy?" 133
19 "Like a Real Family" 142
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2009

    The Dollhouse Murders

    The Dollhouse Murders

    I'm going to tell you about a book called the Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright. There's this girl named Amy she goes to the attic. One day she goes to the attic again to look at the dollhouse and she finds her sister Louann (Amy's sister) there to and Louann and Amy are looking the dollhouse and the light in the dollhouse was on. And then grandma doll started to cry next to the book shelf then all of a sudden the books are starting to fall off. I'm not going to go on more because to know the rest you must read the book. If you like mysteries I would recommend reading the Dollhouse Murders.

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Doll house Murders

    Betty Ran Wright wrote the book I read called The Doll House Murders. This book took place in the town of Claiborne. The main character of this story is named Amy Treloar. Amy and her friend Ellen go to the mall and Amy has to bring her little sister Louann. When Amy gets home her mother finds out that Amy lost her sister in the mall. Amy can't stand the way her mother favors Louann so she decides to run away to her aunts house. Amy begs her mother to be able to stay at her Aunt Clair's house for a couple of weeks and finally her mother agrees. Aunt Clair always talks about her grandparents but she won't tell Amy how they died. Amy decides to go to the library to read the old Claiborne newspapers. Amy finds out that her grandparents were murdered but nobody knows who did it. When Amy finds an old dollhouse in her aunt's attic she decides to take the dolls out and play with them. The next day when she goes back to the dollhouse the dolls are in the same place as when the murders happened. This is how the mystery begins.
    There were positives then negatives in the book. Some of the positives of the book are that there were many different characters that made the book more interesting. The book was scary but that's what made you want to read more. The book was interesting because it was a mystery book. One other thing I liked about the book was that it was hard to tell what was going to happen next. Here are some negatives of the book. The book went by kind of slow and in some parts of the book I got a little confused. There were some things that were hard to understand. Overall the plot was exciting and kept you interested.
    The way the author wrote made you draw conclusions that kept the murderers identity a secret. The way the book was written was very descriptive. The book pulled you in and made you want to read more. The author also put cliffhangers at the end of most chapters, which made the mystery exciting and interesting. I liked the authors writing style.
    I recommend this book because it is a mystery book and its very exciting. The books plot pulls you in so you don't want to stop reading. Also I would recommend this book is because it shows that you don't always get what you want and it shows that sometimes you have to do something you don't want to do. You should never give up until you find the answers. Similar novels to this book are The Nancy Drew Series, The Doll In The Garden, and Christians Ghost. Some other novels I recommend are Blubber, Staring Sally J. Freedman as herself, and Number the Stars. I recommend Blubber because it shows that you should you should always stand up for yourself and it only matters about what's on the inside. I also recommend Number the Stars because it is about history and I think it is well written. Lastly I recommend Sally J. Freedman Staring as Herself because it shows sometimes when you do something you don't want to do at the end your glad you did. These are some reasons why I recommended The Doll House Murders.

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Awsomee Awesome book

    The dollhouse murders was such a good book, and i would love to read when i can. You can never get bored of this mystery

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Night Noises.

    Who or what is in the dollhouse up in the attic? Is there a message to be heard from what is happening in the dollhouse? *With a gripping, engaging, and engrossing storyline you are sure to enjoy this mystery. *Plenty of suspense to keep you turning the pages to get to the answers to this tale. *Come along with the protagonist and find out what is really happening in the old house with the many years old dollhouse. *A real page-turner, and well written.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Julia

    Much better than it sounds LOVED it

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Anonymous

    I've read Christina's Ghost by Netty Ren Wright and it's really intresting. You should get this book because it's well written. You won't want to put it down. I highly recommend this book.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book because it keeps me and edge. By that i mean it is interesting. Like the one part where you see the light in the dollhouse I could see and imagine it. Another reason I felt sad most of the time. I almost wanted to cry because of her sister Louann. She has a metal disability and makes me think of how good I have it. Another really good reason I liked this book is because it is well written. The way they say everything makes me really have to re-read it once or maybe twice to fully understand this very interesting book. Also how Amy has to deal with being with her sister the entire time makes me think wow, how can you deal with some thing like this all day everyday. To be honest I complained to babysit my little brother sometimes. So all in all I think this book is great it keeps you on end I would recommend this to any of my friends.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Sci fi fan

    My grandmother bought this book for me when i was nine, so about four years ago, it was very unique and is a perfect thriller for preteens.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    'This is the best outstanding book I ever read'

    The Dollhouse Murders Do you like books that the author has characters w/ the same problems you & me face in our everyday life? If you do, you will love this book blc, it talks about a girl named Amy & her mentally disabled sister called Lou-Ann. Amy thinks baby-sitting her sister is really a pain, especially when her sister has her dramatic moments. One day in the summer Amy tells her mother how she feels about taking care of her Lou-Ann & ends up at her aunt¿s house. Later she finds out that Lou-Ann is coming, at the same time that Amy is having her birthday party. How is Amy going to react? What will be her feelings against this tragedy? Next time Amy feels like running away, where will she run to? But that is not the only problem, this time in the attic when she plays around w/ the dolls & puts them in a place, when she comes back their in a different place like if they came to life. When Amy tells her aunt, her aunt doesn¿t believe her. What do the dolls want to tell Amy? Is it something her aunt never talks about? Is it something terrible & mysterious? The author¿s style of this book is that she wants to make you part of the story, by writing about problems that you & I face everyday. The author does it really well & good especially w/ the characters feelings, actions & the thoughts of the characters when they are in problems or when the characters are going to solve any mess & problem. I feel that if you have a sibling, you will be able to love this book blc you might be able to connect it to your life. I recommend ¿The Dollhouse Murders¿¿ to every person that has a brother or sister. By the way the author is Betty Ren Wright

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Dolhouse Murders

    The Dollhouse Murders is by far my favorite ghost story. My grandma also loves ghost stories, so I lent her my copy and she thoroghly enjoyed it. I recomend The Dollhouse Murders to anyone who loves to read spine-chilling mysteries. Hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Sounds creepy!

    Yes, this was a creepy story. I good story that kept me focused. I read this aloud to my son and we were both anxiously waiting to see what would happen next. I recommend this book, it's fast, easy to read and suspenseful!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Did book report

    Easy to do report on. Not a hard plot to figure out

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Great book

    This is a great book. It is not inappropriate.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Spoiler alert!!

    Good book, very long though. Unsatisfactory ending. The problem stated throughout the book isn't resolved. It is just transferred to another person.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    So true

    Relley creepy never read in bed a t night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome12344 #cat_swim156

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Never read it

    Is it interesting

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    The Best Mystery Book!

    The Dollhouse murders is such a good book! It is full of suspense and ghost like scenes.It also has scary revealing secrets. This is the perfect book for young teens who love mystery.
    I would recomend this book to anyone interested in mystery. My favorite part of the book is when Amy and Ellen went to the library to look at old newspaper tapes because Amy wanted to find out how her great grandparents died. Amy's parents would not tell her what happenened to her great grandparents.When Amy looks at the old newspaper tapes she reads old couple mudered...The rest I will leave it a mystery!
    All in all I recommend this book to all my freinds because this book is scary good. Betty Ren Wright is a great auther. The next book I will like to read by this auther is Christina's Ghost.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Dollhouse Murders

    I have used this book in my classroom in the past. In fact, I have read to fifth and sixth graders as a Literature Apreciation time. My students thoroughly enjoyed the mystery part of the book. It keeps the young reader engaged and as the story proceeds, the reader tries to guess who the murderer is. In fact, I would have my students guess, by filling out a small piece of paper and collecting the paper to check when the book finally concludes. Also, it gives some insight how a parent can over use a sibbling, especially when the one sibbling is mentally challenged. It is a good book to share-read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    I got the preview

    And it looks great
    Totally get it
    It's worth the money

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    There 69

    There where 69 reviwes intill i reviwed

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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