Posted by: kitkat | July 24, 2008

The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

From me:

I read quite a few of John Bellairs’ books when I was a kid and I loved them! I’m always suggesting these to people who want a mystery. They are a little dark and disturbing though, so if you aren’t ready or aren’t into that kind of thing I might take a pass. I haven’t read any of his books in ages, so I might have to take a day or two and read a couple of his books. If you read them before I get a chance to, let me know what you think!

From Goodreads:

Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion–his Uncle Jonathan’s. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn’t bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard–but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near–unless Lewis can stop the clock!

This is a deliciously chilling tale, with healthy doses of humor and compassion thrown in for good measure. Edward Gorey’s unmistakable pen and ink style (as seen in many picture books, including The Shrinking of Treehorn and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) perfectly complements John Bellairs’s wry, touching story of a lonely boy, his quirky uncle, and the ghost of mansions past. (Ages 9 to 12) –Emilie Coulter

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