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Henry Chancellor. The Museum’s Secret
Doubleday  $19.95  ISBN 978-0-385-66522-3  455 pg.
Reviewed by Samantha, Age 12

Suddenly Tom felt himself drop as if he had been thrown off a diving board. Grabbing wildly at the rags around him, he tried to hold on, but there was nothing at all to grab on to. He was falling down, down, as if in a dream, through empty, dark space…

The Museum’s Secret is about a boy named Tom Scatterhorn. His father has gone missing, and his mother decides she must find him, which results in her leaving Tom to stay with his uncle Jos, and his auntie Melba.

Melba and Jos live in a Museum, the Scatterhorn Museum, coincidently. As Tom starts his journey with his relatives, problems arise. The famous Catcher Hall is once more going to be lived in. The Catcher’s are the Scatterhorn’s sworn enemy, and when the new homeowner, Don Guan, and his eleven-year-old daughter, Lotus, start being friendly with Jos, Melba, and Tom, they suspect something is up.

Then one night, Tom awakens …finding something very strange and ‘impossible’, a talking bird. The bird chases Tom somewhere in the museum where all sorts of stuffed talking (and extinct) animals are. As Tom begins to unravel the mystery, a thief breaks into the museum, and in a mad dash, Tom quickly hides in a hollow looking tree inside the museum. Instead, what he finds is a big hole, and soon he begins to fall … only to find himself in Catcher Hall, but Catcher Hall in the past!

How did he time travel? Who was the thief? What are Don Guan and Lotus really up to? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I really enjoyed The Museum’s Secret. It had lots of twists, and a very shocking ending! Something you would never suspect. Henry Chancellor writes in such an interesting, exciting, and suspenseful way, you’ll never want to put the book down!

Out of the ordinary, bizarre, and brilliant are the words I’d use to describe this first book in The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn trilogy! I give The Museum’s Secret 5 stars!

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