Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 15th 1991
Number of Pages: 272
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Time Travel
Purchase: At Amazon
When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Through the windows, she is shocked to find what seem to be living people in the tiny rooms, and gradually she realizes that scenes from the lives of the big house’s past inhabitants are being replayed there.
This is the perfect slightly creepy book to read during October. It isn’t too creepy, certainly something you can read while alone at night, but it’s just creepy enough to get that little shiver every once in a while.
I loved how the dollhouse worked. And the way events Miranda saw through the windows there played out in her own family like some kind of psychic echo effect. The secret rooms in the houses were neat, and I love how the one in Miranda’s house helped further the mystery. I also liked how she put all the clues together and what she did once she had figured out the mystery.
It was strange and distracting that Miranda called her mother “Mither” through the entire book, and there was no explanation about why until more than half-way through. I also didn’t like where the book ended. I really wanted to see her meet a certain character we were told about near the end. But it wasn’t a bad ending, I just wanted more!
If you’re looking for a good Halloween read, you should try this book.