A haunted house
... and a very spooky dollhouse
*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection 2021
Alice's world is falling apart. Her parents are getting a divorce, and her mother has abruptly cancelled their vacation plans. Instead of spending two weeks at a cottage with her family, followed by a lazy summer in the city with her friends, Alice is heading to a small town with her mother, who has taken a job as a live-in nurse to a rich elderly lady.
The house is huge, imposing and spooky, and everything inside is meticulously kept and perfect -- not a fun place to spend the summer. Things start to get weird when Alice finds a dollhouse in the attic that's an exact replica of the house she's living in. They get even weirder when she wakes up to find a girl asleep next to her in her bed -- a girl who looks a lot like one of the dolls from the dollhouse . . .
When the dollhouse starts to change when Alice isn't looking, she knows she has to solve the mystery. Who are the girls in the dollhouse? What happened to them? And what is their connection to the mean and mysterious woman who owns the house?