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2.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 52.8 out of 5 2.80 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Gantos Narrator: Lisa Datz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780739330937
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On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with her mother. The discovery reveals a disturbing side to the eccentric lives of family friends Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh, known throughout their small western Pennsylvania town simply as the Twins. It seems that Ab and Dolph have been compelled by a powerful mutual love for their deceased mother to do something outrageous, something that in its own twisted way bridges the gap between the living and the dead. Immediately, Ivy’s discovery provokes the revelation of a Rumbaugh family curse, a curse that, as Ivy will learn over the coming years, holds a strange power over herself and her own mother.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reba | 4/25/2011

    " ..Creepy...weird, but somehow, strangely likable... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 4/8/2011

    " What a strange book. I can't even describe it. Actually creepy is probably a better word. There are mothers, daughters, twins, taxidermy and a curse that involved loving your mother. I had to listen to the whole thing to find out what happened so it is engrossing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Kae | 4/3/2011

    " The strangest book I think I've ever read--a train wreck of dysfunction and weirdness that I couldn't stop reading but wish I had. If you like creepy, you'll like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magdalen | 3/29/2011

    " A seriously creepy book, especially when my little sister jokingly proposed doing what the people in the book were cursed to do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel | 3/26/2011

    " It was quite well-written, but that is one of the reasons why I gave it two stars. The language is quite archaic, whilst the subjects the book portrays include implicit incest, which isn't a subject that should ever be written in a children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi | 7/25/2010

    " A very strange, compelling book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorianne | 3/13/2010

    " A creepy book with creepy characters. But somehow the straightforward tone makes the "heroine" seem semi-normal until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharyn | 2/14/2010

    " Wow, very different for a children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2010

    " Liked it, didn't love it. A little creepy, but I felt the end was unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gkbowood | 12/3/2009

    " Very strange, yes, VERY strange. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program for children’s book writers. He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.