The museum of extraordinary things by Alice Hoffman

This is truly her best yet – great characters, great plot (okay the ending is a bit tidy but who doesn’t love it when everybody gets what they deserve?). Coralie’s dad gathers all kinds of “performers” for his museum and Coralie doesn’t question him until she begins to suspect that things are not necessarily as they seem. And so begins her small (and the big) acts of rebellion. She is wise, brave and smart.