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The Door By The Staircase (2016)
The Door By The Staircase Oil, Acrylic and Gel Medium, 2016 | Order this book
Author: Katherine Marsh | Illustrator: Kelly Murphy | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | Ages: 8 - 12 years
Awards: Starred Review by Kirkus, Starred Review by School Library Journal, 3x3 Magazine Picture Book Show No. 13, Spring 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe 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, and 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 nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.

Award-winning author Katherine Marsh draws from Russian fairytales in this darkly funny middle-grade fantasy novel.« The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2 The Case of the Girl in Grey (2016)Back to Books GalleryJames To The Rescue (2016) »
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Author: Katherine Marsh | Illustrator: Kelly Murphy | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | Ages: 8 - 12 years
Awards: Starred Review by Kirkus, Starred Review by School Library Journal, 3x3 Magazine Picture Book Show No. 13, Spring 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
"[...] a sparkling tale full of adventure, magic, and folklore. It's a delightful mash-up of stories and traditions; imagine Little Orphan Annie crossed with Russian folklore, plunked down in the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, NY, with a dash of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away on top." --Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, School Library Journal« The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2 The Case of the Girl in Grey (2016)Back to Books GalleryJames To The Rescue (2016) »
The Door By The Staircase Ink Wash Painting, 2016 | Order this book
Author: Katherine Marsh | Illustrator: Kelly Murphy | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | Ages: 8 - 12 years
Awards: Starred Review by Kirkus, Starred Review by School Library Journal, 3x3 Magazine Picture Book Show No. 13, Spring 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
"Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read." --Kirkus Reviews« The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2 The Case of the Girl in Grey (2016)Back to Books GalleryJames To The Rescue (2016) »