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The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman

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Well, its Alice Hoffman.  So, I pretty much expected it to be an excellent read.  And she didn’t let me down.  Once again, she has taken a set of rather unusual characters and made them a part of your inner circle.  Even though the story revolves around their “oddness”, it becomes only relevant to the story and ceases to be noticed in the image of the character.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things is two stories.  First, Coralie, the girl with the webbed hands whose father, the proprietor of the museum, trains her to be able to spend huge amounts of time underwater and bills her as a human mermaid.  The museum is a freak show of midgets and Siamese twins and a wolfman, plus bottles and jars and displays of curiosities.  Her father dominates and controls her while she seeks tiny rebellions and dreams to find a place in the world outside of the sideshow.