Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

Ivy loves her mother very, very much. She doesn’t know who her father is and she doesn’t really care. Her beloved mother is all that she needs. After school, Ivy is watched over by Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh, eccentric identical twin brothers who operate a pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she and her mother live. Ivy plays in a basement room of the pharmacy until her mother returns home from work.

One Sunday afternoon, Ivy makes a gruesome discovery while nosing around a restricted area of the pharmacy basement. The discovery ignites in Ivy a passion for taxidermy and is the first in a series of revelations surrounding dark family secrets of a love curse.

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos is basically a tale of a girl who is torn between who she would like to be and who she may be destined to become. I’ve tried to be fairly vague in describing the plot because I don’t want to give away any surprises. However, to give a better sense of what to expect from this book, I have provided the following list of adjectives and relevant themes…

Adjectives: gothic, creepy, weird, dis-gus-ting, thought-provoking, tragic
Themes: taxidermy instruction, mother-love/obsession, twin connection, nurture vs. nature

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