Olive has just moved into an old house in an old neighborhood with her parents, who are college math professors. Although Olive doesn't have a mathematical bone in her body, she does have an inquiring nature. The old house is full of rooms that have been left as they were when previous owners used them, and antique paintings, which were all painted by the former owner, Aldous McMartin. In her investigations, Olive meets a cat, Horatio, who warns her that 'they' are watching and want Olive and her parents to leave. Not wanting to believe the cat, Olive continues her search and finds a pair of spectacles which allow her to enter the paintings. In one, she meets a boy, Morton, who claims he was kidnapped and placed in the painting, where he was trapped. Pretty soon, Olive finds out that Horatio's warning was true, but Olive doesn't give up that easily and she continues to look for answers to the mystery. This is a suspenseful story that keeps the reader guessing until the end.
Similar authors: Neil Gaiman
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Date read: 6/30/2012