CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SCREAMING STATUE Blog Tour for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Welcome to a special blog tour stop for CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SCREAMING STATUE. cover-the_screaming_statueOther tour stops this week include  MIDDLE GRADE MAFIA  (Tuesday); LITERARY HOOTS (Wednesday); UNLEASHING READERS (Thursday); and ME, MYSELF, AND I (Friday).

Last year I featured a review of the exciting first book, CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEAD.  I’m holding off my review of the second book until tomorrow, April 26th, because today I have two special interviews and a giveaway.

First up is a unique chat with Sam, the strongest twelve-and-three quarters-year-old in the country, possibly the world.  He once lifted a car–one-handed–to save a dog trapped beneath it, and in fact he loves animals and is desperate for a pet (preferably a dog, cat, or rabbit, but he would even be happy with a turtle).

Sam plays a key role in the CURIOSITY HOUSE Series as one of the young residents and performers at Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Horrors.He’s quite tall for his age and very polite. He extended his hand for us to shake, but quickly pulled back fearing he would crush my fingers. Thanks for the heads-up thinking, Sam. Now on to the interview:


Your ability is astounding. When did you first realize you had unbelievable strength?

I’ve known since I was a kid–I mean, for as long as I can remember. When I was a toddler I used to play airplane with Mr. Dumfrey, except I was the one holding him up.

What is the most unusual thing (or person) you have ever lifted?

One time I had to lift a five-ton industrial mixer at a bakery in Queens to find a lady’s earring. I smelled like powdered sugar for days.

Are there drawbacks to being so strong?

Oh, yeah. To be honest, most of the time, I hate it. Mr. D says I can’t have a pet, not even a turtle, because he’s worried I might hurt it. I’m always breaking things. And forget hugs–I might squeeze the life out of someone without meaning to.

What tips do you have for your young readers who want to increase their own strength?

Get sleep! I sleep a lot.

If you could trade your ability with one of the other curious residents of Mr. Dumfrey’s Dime Museum, whose ability would you most like to have?

Definitely Pippa’s.  I’d love to know what Max was thinking. I mean, I’d love to know what lots of people are thinking, but Max too, for sure.


Thanks Sam and good luck with figuring out Max. If you’re ever out my way in a blizzard, I’ll hire you to help with snow removal.

Exit Sam and right on cue are the inspiration behind this imaginative and fun series… Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester.


Welcome to ALWAYS in the MIDDLE. I enjoyed talking with Sam. What do you like about writing for a young audience?

I fell in love with reading when I was a “middle grade” reader, and to a certain extent writing for that age group feels like a joyful continuation of my first explorations into books and reading.

You have collaborated on two books in the Curiosity House Series, what approach did you take to ensure your ideas, writing style, and creativity were each represented?

We actually had a fairly regimented way of working. Mr. Chester did the research and structured the book, providing invaluable insights about the way the mystery should unfold, and I simply wrote under his direction. Then he edited, and reedited, and reedited….

How long did it take to write this sequel from inception to release?

The book took about 8-10 months to write. But as is typical in publishing, it took another year and a half to be released!

Which character’s ability at Mr. Dumfrey’s Dime Museum would you most like to have?

Hmmm. I think that being a knife thrower would be pretty cool, actually!

What advice do you have for kids (big or little) who want to be future published authors like yourselves?

Practice! And read as much as you can.

Thank you Lauren and H.C.! Be sure to visit their superb Curiosity House website.

Finally, I have an awesome giveaway – Hard back copies of THE STOLEN HEAD and THE SCREAMING STATUE… plus a nifty set of playing cards featuring the residents and curious items from the museum. Just comment below either today or on the review post tomorrow. I’ll announce the winner  May 2nd. Good luck!


Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.


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13 Responses to CURIOSITY HOUSE: THE SCREAMING STATUE Blog Tour for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

  1. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a book kids will enjoy!

  2. Violet Tiger says:

    Thanks for the interviews and the giveaway! I’m definitely going to practice writing and especially read as much as I can. Thank you!

  3. Awesome you’re part of the blog tour too. This sounds like a great series, and I love how Lauren worked with H.C.. And don’t enter me in the contest since I’m running one too.

  4. Joanne Fritz says:

    I really enjoyed the first book so I’m looking forward to the second one too. Thanks for the opportunity! Fun interview. Sam is one of my favorite characters.

  5. warrchick says:

    This series is on my list to read, so I really appreciate the nudge! Great interview, to all!

  6. Sue Kooky says:

    Great interview! I do hope Sam can figure Mark out soon….I’ll pass on the giveaway and let someone else win!

  7. These sound fabulous! In fact, I’ve read every other Lauren Oliver book and series (Delirium series, Vanishing Girls, Panic, Before I Fall, Rooms, Liesl & Po, and The Spindlers) except these. Love her work! Thanks for the amazing chance. 🙂

  8. diegosdragon says:

    Beautiful website. Love the interviews. Super strength might be a cool power!

  9. books4learning says:

    I have never heard of this series. I look forward to your review tomorrow. Sounds intriguing!

  10. Stacy Renee says:

    Awesome interview! These books sound very fun! I would love a chance to read them! 🙂

  11. What a great interview. Kids will love this series. The covers also draw you in.

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  13. sbobet says:

    What a great interview. Kids will love this series. The covers also draw you in.

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