Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
A creepy, mysterious dollhouse takes center stage in this atmospheric middle-grade mystery for fans of Doll Bones and Small Spaces.
Alice's world is falling apart. Her parents are getting a divorce, and they've cancelled their yearly cottage trip -- the one thing that gets Alice through the school year. Instead, Alice and her mom are heading to some small town where Alice's mom will be a live-in nurse to a rich elderly lady.
The house is huge, imposing and spooky, and everything inside is meticulously kept and perfect -- not a fun place to spend the summer. Things start to get weird when Alice finds a dollhouse in the attic that's an exact replica of the house she's living in. Then she wakes up to find a girl asleep next to her in her bed -- a girl who looks a lot like one of the dolls from the dollhouse . . .
When the dollhouse starts to change when Alice isn't looking, she knows she has to solve the mystery. Who are the girls in the dollhouse? What happened to them? And what is their connection to the mean and mysterious woman who owns the house?
About the author
A writer and storyteller, Charis Cotter has published several critically acclaimed children's books, including a series of biographies about extraordinary children and a book about international ghosts. Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939 received the 2005 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. Most recently, The Swallow: A Ghost Story won the 2015 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, was named an Honour Book by the Canadian Library Association for 2015, and has been nominated for four 2016 children's choice awards across Canada. She lives in Western Bay, NL.
- Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award
- Short-listed, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
"A time-traveling mystery that will keep readers involved and guessing up to the very end." —Kirkus Reviews
"The Dollhouse is a page-turner with an ingenious plot, evocative setting, enriching detail and lots of action that young readers will certainly enjoy." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Charis Cotter
Footsteps in Bay de Verde
Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland
The Ghost Road
The Ferryland Visitor
A mysterious tale
The Swallow: A Ghost Story
Born to Write
The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors
Kids Who Rule
The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs
Toronto Between the Wars
Life in the City 1919-1939