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The Door by the Staircase

Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage. But when an attempted escape doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever.

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary. The matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown, and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!

But when Mary begins to explore the strange town nearby, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's identity. If Mary is not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.

©2016 Katherine Marsh (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Very creative tale

I listened to this book with my kids partly because we have enjoyed Katherine Marsh's other books, and partly to expose them to a bit to Eastern European folklore. To say the book did not disappoint is an understatement. The kids loved it.

This book is written to be accessible to middle schoolers. I'm a pretty literate fellow, and I found myself sucked into it. Marsh's writing is intelligent, creative, and unique.

I was not sure about the narrator in the first five minutes. But it was just the reading of one minor character that I was not sure about. The rest of the narration was masterful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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I love it

I really like this book because I think its charters are very strong and its very entertaining to read

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Interesting story, but ...

It needed something more. Humor maybe? The beginning was original, but then it got a little predictable. My overall reaction is "meh."

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