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Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed. Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls and an underground network of passages of a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a stonemason, Ree is confined to cleaning the halls at night as a maid. But then the murders start happening... A determined scholar Henri and strong-willed Ree join forces to solve the mysteries and prove their innocence.

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28th October '18
I read it to Boyreader aged 10 aged 10
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
5 stars
I wasn't sure this book was going to be my cup of tea- but I was gladly proved wrong.  I couldn't put the book down- from the time I opened the envelope I was hooked.  
Enter the world of Ree, Henri and some scientists hiding in the basement of the museum of science.  Add in some wonderfully wacky animals who wander the corridors freely and you have an excellent story.  This is a male dominated society, where women are not to be seen or heard, and science is only for men.  Ree is a girl with a free thinking father and she is allowed to work as a stone mason alongside him.  However, trouble follows her and she is left alone, except for a DoDo called Phil who trots along behind her throughout the whole story.  
Henri is a scholar at the museum and they become firm friends, working next to each other and helping to solve a series of murders taking place in the museum.  
Trouble seems to find them both but the story is quite exciting in places and there are plot twists and turns that are well written and keep the reader guessing.  

Pick this book up and read it!

We really enjoyed it.
23rd October '18
bookworm2007 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
5 stars
This book is so good I read it in only a couple of days trying to get my head round  this curious mystery. Ree thinks that curiosity is a crime but with her dodo for company she finds out something way cooler. Join Ree in her adventures.
6th November '18
I read it to NB15 aged 10 aged 10
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
4 stars
This book was not quite what we were expecting but we still thoroughly enjoyed it. We meet Ree who dreams of being a stonemason but in the male dominated times she lives in this is frowned upon so she has to settle for cleaning at the museum. However a crime is committed and Ree, along with her friend Henri, are determined to solve it and prove their innocence. In this male dominated world where questions and new ideas are quashed this will be a challenge. There is mystery, there are twists and turns, there are wonderful descriptions of the museum which make you feel as though you are in that magnificent place, and there is Phil, the adorable and loyal Dodo. 
This book raised many thoughts and questions about how it would have been to live in male dominated times. We did enjoy this book and will look for more books by this author. 
7th November '18
I read it myself aged 11 aged 11
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
4 stars
I really enjoyed  the story line of this book, I like reading mysteries. I also was kept reading it by the air of mystery about this book, I read it really quickly, however I felt the ending didn't surprise me enough. I felt it wasn't quite a big reveal saved right for the end, but I did love the idea behind it.

My favourite character was Ree, she was determined, clever and adventurous - the kind of person everyone should aspire to. But I also liked Henri. He was a big more quiet but every bit as clever as Ree. Together, I thought they made a great team, both with contrasting yet similar personalities.

Overall, I would say this was great book and a great read, recommended to maybe 8 or 9+.
30th October '18
Belllboo read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
4 stars
I really enjoyed this book, it was different and odd but great fun.  I loved Ree's character and it made me thing how it must frustrating it would be live in a world/time where men and boys were allowed to do everything when girls were so restricted.

In this book Ree is joined by her friend Henri and Phil the dodo and they have to work together to solve some murders and prove that they are innocent.

I've enjoyed reading this book and will look for more from this author. 
20th February '19
I read it to Ac20 aged 9 aged 9
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
4 stars
I read this to my daughter, we really liked the main character Ree. The story had some great twists and kept us enthralled in the story until the end. I had to explain some of the museum vocabulary to my daughter but the story was very suited to her age.
22nd October '18
I read it to dkathurima aged 8 aged 8
The Curious Crime 9780745977874
3 stars
An okay mystery book with an interesting plan for a story. The alternate world that Ree and Henri populate with the struggles of science and religious belief warring is an interesting idea for a plot. think in trying to create a discussion on the roles of science and religion takes a toll on the mystery of the story. It also makes some character there just for the sake of being there. This is not an a bad story but think that its not one I would read over and over.
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Julia Golding is the author of the award-winning Cat Royal and Girl on the Run series. Julia Golding read English at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Literature of the Romantic Period at Oxford. Her other careers have been many and varied: a diplomat - which took her from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecti...

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