The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

By Jack Gantos


There is nothing strange about being attached to your mum. But the elderly Rumbaugh twins have got a seriously bad case of mother love. When Ivy makes a bizarre and gruesome discovery in their basement, she learns that the Rumbaughs have been taking their boyhood hobby a step too far.

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"A totally engaging, intelligently written work . . . this one will linger in one's darkest corners."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review <br>"This offbeat novel, reflecting elements of "Psycho" and Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," draws readers into a macabre world where taboos are lifted and unconventional desires unleashed."--"Publishers Weekly" <br>"A shocking, darkly comic tale."--"Booklist," Boxed Review <br>"Eerie. This thought-provoking story about free will and the arguments of nature and nurture will definitely stick with readers."--"School Library Journal" <br>"Few other books offer such a combination of stylization verging on the comic and a true fascination with the Gothic's exploration of human minds."--"Chicago Tribune" <br>"The wonderful and compelling strangeness will . . . draw many readers, especially fans of silver-screen or classic literary Gothic."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" <br>"Compelling."--"The Horn Book Magazine""" "You know where "The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs" by Jack Gantos is heading, even as you can't quite believe it. . . . Possibly the most oddball children's book ever written and certainly one of the cleverest."--"The Telegraph" (UK)

Author Biography

Jack Gantos is the author of successful the Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph series for younger children and Desire Lines and Hole in my life for teen readers. Jack lives with his family in Massachusetts.