Monday Give Away

Happy Labor Day, all!

Nothing says Labor Day like Coney Island, so today I’m giving away a copy of H.P. Wood’s Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet.

Here’s the official blurb:

Magruder's Curiosity CabinetA hypnotic debut in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, where an abandoned girl collides with a disgruntled ménage of circus freaks.

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.

With shades of Water for Elephants and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet sweeps readers into a mesmerizing world where nothing is as it seems, and where “normal” is the exception to the rule.

For a chance to win a copy of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, here’s your question:

— What’s your favorite amusement park?

The randomly chosen winner will be announced on Wednesday. Happy Labor Day!


  1. Carla on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 am


  2. Rachel on September 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Cedar Point, no question.

  3. Maria on September 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Knoebels in PA! There isn’t another park like it that I’ve been to. I might love other parks but the one that I will always go back to as number one is Knoebels.

  4. Freya on September 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Mine is Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Thanks, Lauren!

  5. Betty Strohecker on September 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

  6. Sheila on September 6, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Busch Gardens Tampa–We could see tigers swimming!

  7. Jessica C on September 6, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Not many here in Australia – my favourite is Dreamworld at the Gold Coast, mainly because they have a whole section called Tiger Island, where tigers are raised. The best time to visit is when there are young cubs, because the handlers walk them around the park on leads – so cute!

  8. Chelsea F on September 6, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Disneyland hands down!!!! Thanks Lauren!

  9. Bekah on September 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Disney world for sure!!

  10. Rachel Adrianna on September 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    The Happiest Place on Earth, Disney World! 🙂

  11. SuzanneH on September 7, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I have to go with Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen too. I spent the most wonderful night there as a teenager and I have never forgotten the experience.

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