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by Betty Ren Wright

Trade Binding | 160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823404971 | 09-01-1983

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Grade: FIFTH | Age: 9 to 12

Themes: Mystery & Suspense, Supernatural, Family & Relationships
Recommendations: A, CE, E, H, PW, SLJ, TE, WC, WJ

About the Book
Amy is terrified. She hears scratching and scurrying noises coming from the dollhouse, and the dolls she was playing with are not where she left them. Dolls can't move by themselves, she tells herself. But every night when Amy goes into the attic to check on the dollhouse, it is filled with an eerie light and the dolls have moved again! Are the dolls trying to tell her something? Are their movements connected to grisly murders of her own great-grandparents?

Best-selling author Betty Ren Wright earned nine state awards for this middle-grade mystery about a murder kept secret in a dollhouse.


"A gripping, at times gruesome, mystery that will keep readers engrossed to the end.""—Booklist

"The combination of a beautiful, fascinating dollhouse, dark family secrets, ghostly events, danger and suspense. . . .""—School Library Journal

Winner of nine child-voted state awards!
Alabama Young Reader's Choice Award
California Young Reader Medal
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
Iowa Children's Choice Award
Missouri Mark Twain Award
New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award
Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award
Texas Bluebonnet Award
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award


Betty Ren Wright is the distinguished author of numerous books for young readers. Her thrillers, including The Dollhouse Murders, Christina's Ghost, and Crandall's Castle, have each won numerous state awards. In addition to her middle-grade mysteries, Ms. Wright has also penned more than thirty-five picture books for children, including The Blizzard, which appeared on state award master lists and was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. In 2006 she was honored as a Notable Wisconsin Children's Author by the Wisconsin Library Association. Ms. Wright lives in Wisconsin.

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Exclusive Interview with the author of Christina's Ghost and The Dollhouse Murders!