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annmarie22
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Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

I would like for my daughter to read this book.  It was about a lonely little girl who has moved to an old Victorian house and finds a small playhouse version of the house in the woods.  It is dirty and dusty and filled with dolls and furniture.  She comes back the next day to clean it all and discovers that the dolls can talk.  She makes friends with another little girl who comes and visits the house too.

 

Ring a bell for anyone? I know I ordered it through the scholastic book club at school back in the late 70s.

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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mailgal
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

not sure if you've had any luck with the name of this book.

Just a thought, have you done any sherches on google or yahoo?

Using different variations.

For exp. childresn's book, dolls alive, or book, house in the woods.

try different variations of the story. Good luck.

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geminiangel
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

This was a solution posted on another board, it sounds like it could be the book you are looking for:

 

The Secret Museum, by Sheila Greenwald.  Lippincott, c1974.  Jennifer is living in the country with her parents, two artists.  She follows the sound of crying in the woods, and comes across a small, deserted house that is a replica of a nearby mansion, filled with dirty and lonely dolls:  a King, a Queen, a Jester, and many others.  The crying had come from the queen doll.  Jennifer cleans up the dolls.  She makes friends with Lizzie, a girl who at first messes up the doll house, and the two of them decide to run the house as a museum to make money so that Jennifer's parents do not have to abandon their artistic dreams and go back to their teaching jobs in the city

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becke_davis
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

This book sounds wonderful.  I'm going to look for a copy of this.
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geminiangel
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

It does, doesn't it?  I may have to get a copy myself.   There are copies for sale right here on B&N:

 

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?TTL=the+secret+museum&ATH=sheila+greenwald&W...

 

If you like dollhouse stories, two of my favorites are King of the Dollhouse by Patricia Clapp and The House in the Attic by Moyra McGavin.  

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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

Thanks -- I'll look into those, too.
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

It might be The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright, published by Scholastic in 1983.
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

[ Edited ]

HarleyLBennett wrote:
It might be The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright, published by Scholastic in 1983.

 

I was going to say either that or a book I remember from when I was in elementary school called When the Dolls Woke by Marjorie Filley Stover. Here is the Amazon page for it, as there's no picture of it available on B&N's website.

Dollhouse Murders <<<That's the picture/link for Dollhouse Murders. Hope this helps!

 
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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...


annmarie22 wrote:

I would like for my daughter to read this book.  It was about a lonely little girl who has moved to an old Victorian house and finds a small playhouse version of the house in the woods.  It is dirty and dusty and filled with dolls and furniture.  She comes back the next day to clean it all and discovers that the dolls can talk.  She makes friends with another little girl who comes and visits the house too.

 

Ring a bell for anyone? I know I ordered it through the scholastic book club at school back in the late 70s.

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!


i read the dollhouse murderers and i'm pretty sure this is the book your looking for. but if not its a good book anyway haha:smileyhappy:

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Re: Trying to find the title of a book I read as a child...

I just finished reading "The Secret Museum" and it definitely sounds like the book the original poster is looking for.