*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publisher: various formats
Kitty Hayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island’s newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty’s mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty’s new friends quickly adopt her and vow to help find the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island…or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.Coney Island is one of those things that always catches my interest. Mr Magruder's museum is filled with an interesting group of people. Zeph a black man missing his legs. Little P-ray the flea trainer. Timur the nutty professor and Rosalind the pretty man
Soon other people are added. Kitty, an English lady who is lost and Nazan a lady from town. Spencer the heir of the senator and owner of Dreamland amusement park.
These people lives get connected when a terrible disease breaks out on the island. The situations in which they meet and their reactions to one another are often hilarious despite the sad sides of the story. It is easy to imagine the group of people in the museum or the tavern sitting around discussing solutions. When not mentioned it is easy to forget that most characters are not your regular person. The only thing that did disturb me was P-ray. He can speak as he did with Nazan in his mother tongue and you would expect a young child living with Zeph for 2 years already to pick up English words at some point.