The Titanic Locket (Haunted Museum Series #1)

The Titanic Locket (Haunted Museum Series #1)

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by Suzanne Weyn
     
 

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Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!

It looks like the high point of Samantha's spring vacation is going to be a glimpse of a cute boy she sees at The Haunted Museum in England. She and her sister, Jessica, and their parents are taking a cruise on the Titanic 2, a replica of the original Titanic, and there's not even wifi! At least the Titanic exhibit at

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Don't touch anything in The Haunted Museum!

It looks like the high point of Samantha's spring vacation is going to be a glimpse of a cute boy she sees at The Haunted Museum in England. She and her sister, Jessica, and their parents are taking a cruise on the Titanic 2, a replica of the original Titanic, and there's not even wifi! At least the Titanic exhibit at the Haunted Museum had wax figures and beautiful jewels to look at.

But from their first day, Samantha and Jessica notice strange things happening. Their cabin number keeps changing. There are creepy scratching sounds coming from between the walls. And a locket that Jess opened at the museum seems to be . . . following them.

Is the locket haunted? Or could it be the ship itself? Are there actors in costume walking about the ship . . .or could they be ghosts? Why is Sam's sister calling her by another name? Samantha will have to unravel the threads tying her and her sister to the past, or they could go down with the ship!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
As she did in her YA novel Distant Waves, Weyn spins a Titanic-themed story with supernatural underpinnings in this hair-raising first book in the Haunted Museum series, part of the Hauntings line. After viewing an exhibit of Titanic memorabilia at the Haunted Museum in Southampton, England, sisters Jessica and Samantha Burnett board Titanic 2, a replica liner whose maiden voyage will follow the route of the original ship. The re-enactment starts off innocently enough: a crew member assigns the girls the identities of fictional sisters who were passengers on Titanic and encourages them to wear period costumes from the ship’s wardrobe department. But soon a string of creepy incidents occur: tapping from behind their cabin wall, mysterious reappearances of an eerie locket the siblings spotted in the museum, a maid who shape-shifts into a skeleton, and Jessica’s near-drowning in the bathtub by an invisible force. Weyn keeps unexpected chills coming, nimbly linking past and present with visits by the spirits of Titanic passengers, including the ghosts of Jessica and Samantha’s 1912 alter egos. A quick, jittery read. Ages 8–12. (May)
From the Publisher

Praise for Suzanne Weyn's DISTANT WAVES:

* "Weyn's take on the infamous disaster is wholly original." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

"Told in gripping first-person narrative, this novel features interesting characters and creates a strong sense of time and place, while exploring the mysteries of the spirit world." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Weyn weaves fantasy together with factual threads of the Spiritualist movement, Nikola Tesla's inventions and the celebrity-studded passenger list of the doomed ocean liner. . . . A page-turner." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Sisters Samantha and Jessica Burnett are fairly bursting with excitement at the prospect of sailing on an exact replica of the Titanic and recreating its infamous maiden voyage. But the first stop is at the Haunted Museum where the curious Jessica picks up a locket recovered from the sunken vessel. Once on board the ship strange things begin to happen. Their cabin number keeps changing from 266 to 299 and odd scratching’s are heard inside the walls of their room and while Jessica did return the locket, it seems to be following them. Like others on the ship, the girls assume the personas of actual passengers of the ill-fated ship but as they move about the ship they begin to fear that some of the costumed people may actually be ghosts. As Jessica becomes drawn into the mystery and it becomes increasingly difficult to separate reality from the past, Samantha realizes it is up to her to save her sister. With the help of a young man and his physic mother the puzzle is slowly unraveled before Jessica suffers the same fate as the young girl she is impersonating. There is lots of eerie atmosphere is this gripping mystery. The haunting scenes are well crafted and are indeed chilling. The early 1900s is credibly evoked with factual ship details and the fashions of the era. This is a quick read for those not easily frightened. It is not necessary to have some background knowledge of the sinking of the Titanic but it would be helpful. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey; Ages 10 to 13.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-22
Spectral voyagers practically outnumber the living ones on a re-enactment of the Titanic's cruise in this ghost-happy series opener. A visit to a creepy museum just before boarding a replica of the famous liner leaves sisters Samantha and Jessica saddled with a locket salvaged from the original ship that keeps coming back despite their increasingly frantic efforts to get rid of it. Worse yet, they begin to notice sudden chills, scratching and whimpering sounds in the walls and a weirdly mutable number on their cabin door. Frequent encounters with supernatural figures (some historical, such as John Jacob Astor's dog, Kitty) escalate until Jessica is nearly drowned in the bath by a poltergeist, Samantha is trapped in the elegant ballroom with dancers who rot before her eyes, and both sisters are forcibly possessed by the spirits of former passengers with personal scores to settle. Weyn ratchets up the eeriness by pairing off several of her living characters with strangely similar dead ones and quickly builds to a stormy climax that the sisters narrowly survive thanks to timely intervention by a powerful medium. After that, it's smooth sailing—at least until the next episode. Mild goose bumps for readers who prefer their ectoplasm served up in buckets. (Horror. 8-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545588423
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Series:
Haunted Museum Series, #1
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
198,456
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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