The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
Ivy loves her mother. Ivy and her mother live an idyllic life in a hotel in small town Pennsylvania. Ivy doesn’t know who her father is and she doesn’t care. She has her mother and that is enough for Ivy. Easter Sunday when she is 7, while having their customary after church refreshments at the home/pharmacy of eccentric but seemingly harmless identical twins Abner and Adolf (AB and Dolph) Rumbaugh, Ivy uncovers a secret. Initially terrified by her discovery Ivy tells her mother and the twins what she has seen. They, being adults, lie to her and tell her she is mistaken but Ivy knows what she saw and the desire to keep her mother with her always is awakened.
Will the twins help her to achieve her desire? They obviously know how she feels and although their mother is dead they have found a way to keep her with them always.
Reviewed by Debbie