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#1 of 19 Old 07-16-2008, 05:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am losing my mind. I am trying to find a book that I remember reading in my salad days. That would mean it was from the mid-1980s-ish.

It was a young adult book about a girl who finds a dollhouse in her attic (her grandmother's attic) and every-so-often goes back in time to the 1800s through the power/lure/glamour of the dollhouse.

I thought it was called Dollhouse in the Attic ... but that doesn't come up on any searches on Amazon, Google, Powells, Alibris or ABEBooks.

I know it's not The Dollhouse Murders or Time Windows or Among the Dolls ... but nothing else seems to come up.

The author's last name started with either a J, K, L or M as I remember going to pull it off the shelf of the YA section of my hometown library and pulling it off the shelf near to Doctor Doolittle which was written by Hugh Lofting.

I've gone through every possible search permutation even on my hometown library's web catalog, and I just can't find it.

HELP!

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kathryn Reiss - Timewindows

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When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Looking out through the dollhouse windows, she is shocked to realize that scenes from the lives of the big house's past inhabitants are being replayed there, and the house is exerting an evil power over the women who live there. Miranda must try to find the key to unlock the past--but in doing so she is drawn into the terrifying scenes herself!
Ack, sorry just saw it is not time windows
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Ack, sorry just saw it is not time windows
Yeah ... those are all too recent, mid-90s to 2000s.

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Well there is one by Janet Lorimer called simply Dollhouse from 1987. I can't find a synopsis of it though.
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I remember reading this book. I can't help you with the name of it though, sorry.
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Can't help ya, NCD. But may I suggest Joan Aiken's Armitage, Armitage, Fly Away Home in the meantime? You won't be disappointed.
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oh my god i know i totally read that book back in the day. I could have sworn it was called dollhouse in the attic, but I guess not. update the thread when you find out, please good luck! now my brain hurts.

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Kind of a stretch, maybe, but is this it?
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Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge? Kind of a horror, ghost story.

Someone moved my effing cheese.
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Are you talking about Behind the Attic Wall?

http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Attic-W...6258753&sr=8-2
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I don't know

We'll be down at my parent's place in a couple of weeks, maybe I need to wander into the library and see if I can find it.



I couldn't even find it in the Library of Freakin' Congress' database!

Maybe I'm making things up.

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Well, get Behind the Attic Wall and read it--it's a fabulous, fabulous book. Even if it's not what you're thinking of, you won't be sorry!
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I remember reading Behind the Attic Wall and loving it too!

I found "The Doll's House", by Rumer Godden on amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Dolls-House-Ru..._bxgy_b_text_b - title and author somewhat match, but the story isn't exactly what you describe... the dolls have a story, but no mention of a real time-traveling girl in the synopsis, so I don't know if it's of any help or not...

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That sure sounds like "Behind the Attic Wall" to me. I'm glad someone else was able to remember the name--I could see the cover in my mind, but I couldn't get a name off it!

Is that the same book where the girl is living with maybe a couple of aunts and a semi-dotty uncle, and one of the aunts says that something "beehooves" the girl, and the uncle says, "Bee hooves? I must get to the garden--they'll crush the roses!"? Does anyone remember that?
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That sure sounds like "Behind the Attic Wall" to me. I'm glad someone else was able to remember the name--I could see the cover in my mind, but I couldn't get a name off it!

Is that the same book where the girl is living with maybe a couple of aunts and a semi-dotty uncle, and one of the aunts says that something "beehooves" the girl, and the uncle says, "Bee hooves? I must get to the garden--they'll crush the roses!"? Does anyone remember that?
Yup...that's it! She's a foster child and she goes to live with the two aunts, who run a school (now empty, though, if memory serves--although there's a long scene at the beginning where she imagines how all the kids will hate her and how she'll hate them). She plays solitaire on her bed with a sticky deck of cards (that detail somehow stuck with me). I remember the bee hooves, as well! She finds the dolls in the attic and they come to life...although they think they are living in the 1800s (old newspapers, etc.). A man and his wife, and they have a little china dog. And the wooden bread and butter and pretend tea she eats and drinks with the dolls put color in her cheeks and curl her hair. And there's a super creepy ending, too, which I won't give away.
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Oh, I just grabbed it off of BookMooch. I'm so glad someone started this thread--now I get to read it again. Maybe it'll help me feel 12 years old again too.

Here's the description off BookMooch:
At twelve, Maggie had been thrown out of more boarding schools than she cared to remember. "Impossible to handle," they said -- nasty, mean, disobedient, rebellious, thieving -- anything they could say to explain why she must be removed from the school.

Maggie was thin and pale, with shabby clothes and stringy hair, when she arrived at her new home. "It was a mistake to bring her here," said Maggie's great-aunts, whose huge stone house looked like another boarding school -- or a prison. But they took her in anyway. After all, aside from Uncle Morris, they were Maggie's only living relatives.

But from behind the closet door in the great and gloomy house, Maggie hears the faint whisperings, the beckoning voices. And in the forbidding house of her ancestors, Maggie finds magic...the kind that lets her, for the first time, love and be loved.
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Yup...that's it! She's a foster child and she goes to live with the two aunts, who run a school (now empty, though, if memory serves--although there's a long scene at the beginning where she imagines how all the kids will hate her and how she'll hate them). She plays solitaire on her bed with a sticky deck of cards (that detail somehow stuck with me). I remember the bee hooves, as well! She finds the dolls in the attic and they come to life...although they think they are living in the 1800s (old newspapers, etc.). A man and his wife, and they have a little china dog. And the wooden bread and butter and pretend tea she eats and drinks with the dolls put color in her cheeks and curl her hair. And there's a super creepy ending, too, which I won't give away.


Yes, Behind the Attic Wall isn't "dollhouse goes back in time!!!"

It is china dolls that talk. I read that one.

It is good (actually it's kind of creepy...I hate dolls that talk, Boo!) but I don't think it is what NCD is looking for

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Yes, Behind the Attic Wall isn't "dollhouse goes back in time!!!"

It is china dolls that talk. I read that one.

It is good (actually it's kind of creepy...I hate dolls that talk Boo!) but I don't think it is what NCD is looking for
Here's what NCD said, "every-so-often goes back in time to the 1800s through the power/lure/glamour of the dollhouse."

Behind the Attic Wall is about time travel, in a sense.

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The china dolls are actually the "ghosts" of Maggie's relatives, who died in a fire in the 1800s. They have an old newspaper from their time that they constantly read, and they talk as though they still exist in that world. Even though the dolls and their things are actually in the attic, when Maggie believes in them, they "become" real (that's why the bread and butter fatten her up, the rose wallpaper puts color into her cheeks, and so on)--so in a sense, she is "traveling" to the 1800s.


I'm not sure it's what NCD means, but, depending on how he's remembering it, it definitely could be. In any event, I think he should read it...because it's SO GOOD! I just ordered The Dollhouse Murders, btw...I totally forgot about that one!
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I remembering reading one of these... I think it was Dollhouse Murders. I put Behind the Attic Wall on my hold list to read.
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