The Victorian House

A Silky and Sly Adventure

Children - Preteen
322 Pages
Reviewed on 06/16/2013
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Author Biography

Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a Clinical Psychologist and author. She writes family-friendly books for those from ages two to one hundred and two. She has won multiple awards from Readers Favorite and her books are used at schools, colleges and libraries across the nation.

Dr. Pirnot's book AS I AM was co-authored by Garret Frey, a former patient who struggled to obtain a free public education as a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent child. He fought through the courts, a battle which ended up before the judges of the US Supreme Court. The judgment in the case is now a hallmark decision affecting thousands of handicapped children across the nation. The 5 book, mid-grade series called Ordinary Kids features various special needs people (children and adults) in everyday situations.

Tapping into her work as a psychologist, Dr. Pirnot puts her characters into realistic but difficult situations and then allows them to dig their way through to successful results. This approach allows both child and adult characters to feel a sense of efficacy in their own abilities.

The autobiography Just A Common Lady details Dr. Pirnot's own struggles as a child. Her mother died at a young age, leaving Dr. Pirnot and her siblings in the care of various family members for years. The lessons she learned from these caretakers undoubtedly influenced her multivariate approach as a practicing psychologist.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

“The Victorian House” by Dr. Karen Pirnot is a story that will tug at the heart strings of readers bringing both tears and smiles. Twelve year old Silky and Sly were visiting Sly’s grandparents for the summer when they decided to explore the old Victorian house. What they found not only changed their lives but that of several other people. Pax was a nine year old child, orphaned at the age of five. He was brought to Smith Mountain, Virginia, to live with his paternal grandparents. They lived a very primitive life without electricity, running water or plumbing in the house. Pax learned how to wash clothes on a washboard, tend a garden and store the vegetables in a cellar. When his grandparents passed away Pax was left alone to care for himself. He used all that his grandparents taught him to survive. At first he hid from Sly and Silky but soon he began looking forward to their visits.

Dr. Karen Pirnot is one of my favorite children’s authors; her books always have strong juvenile characters that exhibit wisdom, strength of character and morals. In her latest book “The Victorian House,” she introduces us to three amazing young people who capture our interest and our hearts from the first page. Dr. Pirnot also introduces factual history by adding Booker T. Washington to the story. This book will make a fine addition to any child’s library shelf.