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The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

Jack Gantos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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 extraordinary, 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.

In his third book for young adults, Jack Gantos has scripted a
completely original drama. With gothic flavor and black humor,
he depicts a group of people bound together by love,
compulsion . . . and a passion for taxidermy.

ALA Best Books for Young Adults, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

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CURSED
In the presence of extraordinary actuality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.
--Wallace Stevens
THE TWINS
I am a young woman now, but when...

Praise for The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

“A totally engaging, intelligently written work . . . this one will linger in one's darkest corners.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“A shocking, darkly comic tale.” —Boxed, Booklist

“Eerie. This thought-provoking story about free will and the arguments of nature and nurture will definitely stick with readers.” —School Library Journal

“This offbeat novel, reflecting elements of Psycho and Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," draws readers into a macabre world where taboos are lifted and unconventional desires unleashed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Few other books offer such a combination of stylization verging on the comic and a true fascination with the Gothic's exploration of human minds.” —Chicago Tribune

“The wonderful and compelling strangeness will . . . draw many readers, especially fans of silver-screen or classic literary Gothic.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Compelling.” —The Horn Book

Reviews from Goodreads

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; the Joey Pigza series, which include a Newbery Honor book and a National Book Award Finalist; Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the Rotten Ralph series.

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