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Skullduggery (Skullduggery #1)

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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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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.
What an adventure! It's historical fiction, with lots of educational value, but it reads like almost like a mystery-thriller. Plenty of humor, and interesting characters, too. If I were a middle-school teacher I would have all of Karr's works on my classroom shelves.
Jose V.
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.
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.
Anabelle Lucia
Interesting! Never heard of phrenology until I read this book. Anyways, it's funny and a very nice story.
Great adventure!
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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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