The Door by the Staircase

By MARSH, Katherine

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ISBN
9781423134992
Publisher
Disney-Hyperion


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on December 1, 2015  |  Middle Grade

Gr 4–6—When readers meet orphan Mary Hayes, she's clawing her way up a chimney to escape from the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies. Miraculously, she succeeds—but only until a freak whirlwind causes the cruel headmistress to spot her out a window. After she's brought back in and confined to a closet, Mary fears that she's doomed—that is, until a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears the next morning, wanting to adopt an orphan. Mary eagerly volunteers, and without much thought, Madame Z agrees. Mary's new home is called Iris, a town with a sideshow flair. She soo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2016

Twelve-year-old orphan Mary is elated to be adopted by Madame Zolotaya; anywhere would be better than the cold, dismal Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies run by nasty Mrs. Boot. Madame Z lives with her cat, Yulik, on the outskirts of Iris, a town known for its magicians, fakirs, fortune-tellers, and other practitioners of the occult -- "swindlers and frauds," warns Madame Z. In Iris, Mary meets Jacob, son of an illusionist, and he becomes...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

Twelve-year-old orphan Mary can hardly believe her luck when she is adopted by Madame Zolotaya. Then Mary discovers Madame Zolo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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