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Authors: Franklin W. Dixon

Deprivation House

BOOK: Deprivation House


To join the cast of a new reality show called
Deprivation House
—featuring a group of teens competing to see who can survive the longest without modern luxuries—and to determine who's behind the death threats received by other contestants.

A huge villa in Beverly Hills, CA.

All the contestants and crew of
the show.

The show's million-dollar prize offers strong motivation to each contestant, and some members of the crew are hiding big secrets.

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Watch out for our next case, Book Two in the Murder House Trilogy:

House Arrest


Simon & Schuster, New York
Cover designed by Sammy Yuen Jr.
Character photograph copyright © 2008
  by Michael Frost; background photograph
  copyright © 2008 by PictureQuest
Ages 8–12

A reality show's wacky challenge goes very wrong ...

I kicked hard, my hands stretched out, groping for the bottom of the pool. Even now that I was down in the “water,” I couldn't see the bottom. My fingers brushed against something smooth. A plate. I snatched it up and felt for more. I found a glass next.

But plates should be easier to carry. With luck, I could get a stack of them before I had to surface for air. My lungs were already starting to burn a little. I did some more feeling around. Got another plate. Yeah!

Just a couple more, then air,
I told my lungs. I held my plates close to my body with one hand, and swept the other hand in a wide arc. I wanted to cover area fast. My forearm hit something. It wasn't as hard as a plate or a glass, though.

I moved my hand back and took another feel. Now I found a hard part. But small. Way too small. And surrounded by softness.

My lungs were on fire. But I had to see if I was right. I didn't want to be right.

I pulled myself closer to the thing at the bottom of the pool.

It was a body.

Extreme Danger

Running on Fumes

Boardwalk Bust

Thrill Ride

Rocky Road


Operation: Survival

Top Ten Ways to Die

Martial Law

Blown Away

Hurricane Joe

Trouble in Paradise

The Mummy's Curse


Death and Diamonds

Bayport Buccaneers

Murder at the Mall


Foul Play

Feeding Frenzy

Comic Con Artist

Deprivation House

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Super Mystery #2:
Kidnapped at the Casino

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This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


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Designed by Lisa Vega
The text of this book was set in Aldine 401 BT.

First Aladdin Paperbacks edition May 2008

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eISBN-13: 978-1-4424-5348-7

Library of Congress Control Number 2008920164

ISBN-13: 978-1-4169-6170-3

ISBN-10: 1-4169-6170-4

Chapter 1: Avalanche!

Chapter 2: If You Win, You Lose

Chapter 3: To Living Through It

Chapter 4: The List

Chapter 5: No Siren

Chapter 6: That's Repulsive

Chapter 7: Hardy vs. Hardy

Chapter 8: Way Too Many Suspects

Chapter 9: Screaming House

Chapter 10:
No Joe

Chapter 11:
Chapter 160: Pounds of Rage

Chapter 12:

Chapter 13:
That's Extreme

Chapter 14:
Mad as a Hatter

Chapter 15:
Loose Threads


rank and I carefully picked our way through the cave. The walls glowed with ghostly green phosphorescence. The eerie light made my brother look like a stranger.

I consulted our map. It had taken four days to find someone who would allow us to make a copy with no questions asked. “I think we turn left up here,” I said. Frank nodded.

The ground began to quiver beneath our feet. The quiver became a rumble. I looked at Frank. I knew what he was thinking. I was thinking the same thing.


Boulders the size of Volkswagens tumble around
us. I dove for the cave floor, but I still managed to get smacked by one. It stung, too. The things might have been made of painted Styrofoam, but they were still pretty humongous masses of painted Styrofoam.

I stayed low as the mining cars chugged by on the track. Once they rounded the bend—
—the wires holding the “boulders” retracted, pulling them back up to the ceiling. Ready to terrify the next group of kids who dared to get on the Lost Dutchman's Mine Ride. Heh, heh, heh.

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