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Skullduggery (Skullduggery #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In 1839, twelve-year-old Matthew's job as assistant to the phrenologist Dr. Cornwall takes him up and down the Eastern Seaboard and to Europe, as they rob graves and try to find out who is following them and why.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2000)
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Gavin Bentz
Jan 19, 2016 Gavin Bentz rated it really liked it
I am currently reading Skullduggery by Kathleen Karr, so far it starts out with Matthew, a twelve year old boy whose family died of cholera and is now living on the streets alone. He goes to find shelter/a job and he ends up finding Dr. ABC, a phrenologist or someone who studies the mind. He ends up getting a job there as the apprentice and gets beefed up for some grave digging and stealing skulls. Dr. ABC has a somewhat of an obsession, and has Matthew go on tasks to steal important people’s sk ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
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Kathleen Karr is an amazing author and this is one of her best! Part historical, part mystery, and plenty of adventure. The main character is an assistant to a phrenologist---the old practice of divining a person's character, intellect, etc. by examining the size, shape, and oddities of the skull.
Jose V.
Nov 08, 2010 Jose V. rated it really liked it
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This historical fiction book was a bit weird.Mattew is all alone in the strees of New York and gets a job helping Dr.ABC.I seen kid in the streets of Irving.I want to remember mattew eating alot.I recomend thi book to people who want to learn about the cholera problem.
Jun 01, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
By the title you would take it to be a very shady book. At points it is, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I loved how Matthew changed through the course of the book.
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Interesting! Never heard of phrenology until I read this book. Anyways, it's funny and a very nice story.
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it was slow and took a long time for amazing events i would not recommend this book.
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Kathleen Karr was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and grew up on a chicken farm in Dorothy, New Jersey. After escaping to college, she worked in the film industry, and also taught in high school and college. She seriously began writing fiction on a dare from her husband. After honing her skills in women’s fiction, her children asked her to write a book for them, (It Ain’t Always Easy, Farrar, Str ...more
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