Teens: If You Liked Wicked Lovely or want other Fairy Novels

 

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
When seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, she discovers he is a changeling and guardian of the gate between the faerie Otherworld and the mortal realm.  She also learns that her mother had otherworldly powers that she has passed on to Kelley.

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
16-year-old Dana runs away to find her father in Avalon:  the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect.  It turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl*she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
When Tristan Thorpe leaves his ancient English town in order to retrieve a falling star and win the heart of his lady he enters a new world of faerie and more.

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones
Anita, an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl, is transported from modern-day London to the realm of Faerie where she discovers that she is Princess Tania, the long-lost daughter of King Oberon and Queen Titania.

Chronicles of Faerie by O.R. Melling
Book one is The Hunters Moon.  Two teenage cousins, one Irish, the other from the United States, set out to find a magic doorway to the Faraway Country, where humans must bow to the little people.

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.


The Fairy King by Julie Kagawa

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life but she could never have guessed the truth– that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face… and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart

Teens: War stories for middle schoolers

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisburg
Tomikazu Nakaji’s biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War I

Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
When her brother is sent to fight in Vietnam, twelve-year-old Jamie begins to reconsider the army world that she has grown up in.

Year of the Bomb by Ronald Kidd

In 1955 California, as “Invasion of the body snatchers” is filmed in their hometown, thirteen-year-old Arnie discovers a real enemy when he and three friends go against a young government agent determined to find communists at a nearby university or on the movie set.

Elephant Run by Roland Smith
Nick endures servitude, beatings, and more after his British father’s plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941, and when his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his friend Mya, they plan a daring escape on elephants, risking their lives to save Nick’s father and Mya’s brother from a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
In 1975 after American troops pull out of Vietnam, a thirteen-year-old boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village.

Code Talker:  a Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
A black family living in the South during the 1930’s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.

Booklist: Haunted Houses!

In honor of Halloween–a list of books that take place in and around some very different haunted houses!

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Boston, L.M.  The Children of Green Knowe
Green Knowe is a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside. Toseland arrives at the old house in the midst of a flood and discovers that it is inhabited not only by his great-grandmother, but by several half-seen children–inhabitants of the manor from the past.

Chase, Mary.   The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House
Maureen, a disagreeable girl, finds a way into the forbidden, boarded-up Messerman Mansion.  In the hall are portraits of seven young women with haughty expressions. Maureen says something nasty to each one, then notices that the figures seem to have shifted in their frames. She touches one, and instead of paint, she feels…silk?  These seven Messerman daughters are wicked, wicked ladies, and Maureen has something they want. . . .

Cresswell, Helen.  Bagthorpes Haunted
While on vacation, the eccentric and talented Bagthorpe family tries to contact the ghosts of their reputedly haunted house, pursues Cousin Daisy’s elusive goat, and general stirs up the quiet Welsh countryside.

Curry, Jane Louise.  Moon Window
Jo Ellen has been deposited at a strange aunt’s doorstep while her mother honeymoons. She’s determined to run away – until she becomes involved in the mystery of an attic window which sends her on a journey to the past. What is the window’s secret, and why does her aunt seem a prisoner in her own home?

Enderle, Dotti.  It Creeps!
Malcolm and his best friend Dandy, armed with a ghost detector ordered from Beyond Belief magazine, make a late-night trip to a haunted house, despite the warnings of Malcolm’s great-grandmother.

Freeman, Martha.  Who Stole Halloween?
When Alex and his friend Yasmeen investigate the disappearance of cats in their neighborhood, they stumble onto a larger mystery involving a haunted house and a ghostly cat.

Griffin, Peni R.   Ghost Sitter
Charlotte is looking forward to spending the summer in her new home; then her little brother starts talking about a new friend only he can see. Soon Charlotte realizes that her all-too-normal house is haunted-by the ghost of a girl who doesn’t realize that she’s dead. . . .

Hahn, Mary Downing. All the Lovely Bad Ones
While spending the summer at their grandmother’s Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn’s distant past who refuse to “rest in peace.”

Kehret, Peg. Horror at the Haunted House
While acting in a “haunted house” featuring interesting deaths in history, Ellen is contacted by the ghost of a former resident, who seems to be protecting the collection of antique Wedgwood dishes on display there.


Klise, Kate.  Dying to Meet You: 53 Cemetery Road
In this story told mostly through letters, children’s book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

McCoy, Mimi.  The Dead End
Casey Slater can’t believe her bad luck.  Instead of the perfect summer vacation she’d planned, Casey is in a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, creepy house.  Worst of all, everyone in town thinks the house is haunted.  Soon Casey thinks so, too–a vase explodes, a china cabinet falls over on its own–and it seems like the ghost doesn’t want them there.  Casey thought she’d be dying of boredom, but now she’s scared to death!

McKillip, Patricia. The House on Parchment Street
While staying with her cousin in England, Carol helps him find a way to discover the story behind several mysterious ghosts inhabiting the cellar of the house.

Netherclift, Beryl.  The Snowstorm
Caroline, Kit and Richard are staying with Aunt Amethyst at Farthingales, their ancestral mansion in the country in England. They befriend the mysterious Michael, who tells them of the lost family fortune. Together, they follow ghosts, clues, and secret passages to find the treasure and solve the mystery.

 

Phipson,  Joan.   Haunted Night
Four teen-age girls spend a night of terror in an old isolated house reputedly haunted by a centuries-old ghost.

Prince, Maggie. The House on Hound Hill
Soon after she, her mother, and her younger brother move into an old house in an area once known as Beggarsgate,  Emily begins to have terrifyingly real visions of seventeenth-century London devastated by the plague.

St. George, Judith. The Ghost, The White House, and Me
When KayKay Granger learns that the White House is haunted and uses that knowledge to play a prank on her family, she lands in big trouble with her mother, the United States President.

Sleator, William. Blackbriar
In the attempt to decipher a number of strange events after he moves into an old cottage, an orphaned teenaged boy discovers a group of English folk engaged in Devil worship.

Wright, Betty Ren.  Crandall’s Castle
Charli’s impulsive uncle decides to buy the town’s abandoned, possibly haunted castle and fix it up as a bed-and-breakfast, but Charli and Sophia, a clairvoyant orphan who has come to stay with the Crandall family, know his plan is somehow dangerous.

Wright, Betty Ren. The Ghosts of Mercy Manor
Gwen, an orphan who comes to live with the Mercy family, discovers that the house is haunted by the ghost of a sad-looking young girl and is determined to solve the mystery behind her appearances.

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So try one of these books about mysterious, magical and memorable haunted homes in your home.  You may be inspired to write a tale of your own!

Books on the list are appropriate for grades four through seven. Please ask a librarian if you have any questions about the list or about individual titles.

::Kelly::

Old Favorites: Jane-Emily

Is it still October?  Guess it’s time for another creepy Old Favorite!

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp, has been subtitled in its most recent paperback edition as “the classic novel of the supernatural”.  And it is.  It definitely is.

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Teenage Louisa and her young niece Jane are sent to stay for the summer with Jane’s grandmother Canfield. After the death of Jane’s parents–Louisa’s older sister Charlotte and Mrs. Canfield’s son, John–Jane has gone from a fun-loving little girl to a quiet and unhappy child.  All the people who love her think a change of scenery will be good for her.

Louisa was supporting Jane’s visit, until she discovers that she will be going too, to care for and be responsible for nine-year-old Jane. Louisa had plans for the summer, with her beau, Martin!  But Mrs. Canfield isn’t used to children and insists on some assistance, so an unhappy Louisa is trundled off to a long summer in Massachusetts with a quiet Jane.

Once arriving at the dark and formal mansion in Milford, Louisa is surprised to see Jane come out of her shell a bit.  Mrs. Canfield and her maid, Katie, seem to be happy to spoil and dote on the little girl. Louisa spends quite a bit of time with her as well, between reading and writing letters to Martin.  At first, both girls are content with their new situation.

But Jane seems to be a little too interested in one part of the house’s history: the stories about Emily, Mrs. Canfield’s youngest child, who died over a decade earlier, just a day shy of her thirteenth birthday.  At first, Louisa thinks it’s harmless; after all, Jane is playing with Emily’s things and sleeping in Emily’s room. She thinks it’s natural that Jane is interested in another girl who lived in the old house.

When Jane tells Louisa that she saw Emily’s face in the reflecting ball in the garden instead of her own, Louisa doesn’t believe her; she’s sure it’s simply her niece’s growing imagination, or wishful thinking. Even as Jane seems to become healthier and happier, other strange things start happening, centered around the little girl. She writes a poem that makes Mrs. Canfield turn pale, then show Louisa the exact same poem, written over a dozen years earlier by Emily. Jane acts like she talks to her dead aunt, and confesses to Louisa that she’s frightened of  Emily’s actions and of what she makes Jane do.

When Jane becomes ill, the young town doctor, Adam Frost, comes to the house to help care for her. As Dr. Frost spends more time with Jane, he befriends Louisa.  The developing friendship between the three of them seems to cause Emily’s actions to increase and become more spiteful.

Emily was a selfish, willful, hateful little girl when she was alive; a child who spoiled everything she touched. As a spirit, she’s malevolent and enraged.  She seems to have plans for Jane. Are Louisa, Mrs. Canfield and Dr. Frost in her way? Is she trying to harm Jane?  Or is something going on that is even more dangerous?

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First published in 1969, Jane-Emily seems older. (In fact, I checked several places to see if I could find an earlier copyright date.) It’s set at the turn of the century, when horse-drawn carriages and newfangled cars drove by each other on country roads, when letters were the only way to communicate over long distances; at a time where it seems perfectly reasonable that one evil little girl might hang around the family mansion in order to torment anyone who might take her place.

I can’t tell you how many times I read this book…even though it scared me.  It’s a quiet kind of scaring; the horror is suspenseful and creeps up on the reader. Everything seems to make sense and have a reasonable explanation, until it doesn’t. Emily’s presence is stamped all over the book, even as Jane and Louisa struggle to understand what is happening and determine how to escape from her clutches.

If you like horror, you’ll enjoy this book. I read it in sixth or seventh grade, but it’s accessible to a younger reader who enjoys a good ghost story, as well as an older reader who might like a little romance intermingled with the horror.

Try Jane-Emily if you liked Mary Downing Hahn or Stephanie Meyer. The book is kind of in-between the audience for the two authors.  I promise, you won’t be sorry.  Unless, of course, you have a gazing ball in your garden, and a ghost lurking in your home…

::Kelly::

Booklist: Great Dog Covers!

Great Dog Covers!

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, right? Except that sometimes…the cover has so much personality that you just have to! Here is a booklist of some adventurous, some serious, and some hilarious dog books for kids in fourth through sixth grades which all have one thing in common—great cover photos of dogs!

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Behrens, Andy.  The Fast and the Furriest
Kevin’s looking forward to spending his summer doing as little as possible. But when his beagle Cromwell sees a dog-agility competition on TV, he begins acting very, VERY strangely; jumping through hoops, running non-stop, and dragging Kevin to the nearest obstacle course. Kevin is soon on a mission to help his crazy dog reach his dreams. Go, Team Cromwell!

Corriveau, Art. How I, Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (and a Dog)
Nicky Flynn is starting a new life, in a new city. His mom has brought home Reggie, a German shepherd from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion; soon, however, Nick is on the path to finding out why a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter, and along the way discovers that Reggie is a true friend that Nick can rely on. But when he tries to reconnect with his dad, Nick puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend.

Doyle, Roddy.  Wilderness
While Tom and Johnny are on a husky safari to Finland, their half-sister Grainne is about to meet the mother she hasn’t seen in years. The boys think every minute in the wilderness is a thrill, until their mother doesn’t make it back to the lodge one night. The boys realize that she’s lost in the vast frozen north. While Grainne tries to weather the reunion with her mother, her half-brothers set out to rescue their mother. Will the siblings survive to see each other again?

Duncan, Lois.  Hotel for Dogs
The Walkers are moving to a new town, and staying with an aunt who’s allergic to dogs. Too bad for Andi and her brother Bruce, who love dogs — and happen to meet a stray that needs help. Soon, Andi hatches a plan, turning the abandoned house down the block into a hotel for dogs. But as more and more tenants move in, the secret gets too big to keep. Can the kids save their canine castle? Or will the hotel have to close? Also try News for Dogs and Movie for Dogs.

Fields, Bryan.  Lunchbox and the Aliens
Lunchbox is your average basset hound: round, floppy, and not too bright . . . until he’s abducted by aliens. The hapless aliens who abducted Lunchbox have set him the task of converting Earth’s trash into froonga, a food adored by aliens and dogs alike. Will Lunchbox and his boy, Nate, solve the world’s garbage crisis and form the first interplanetary alliance? Or will the fate of the whole solar system come to rest on whether Lunchbox can ever learn to catch a Frisbee?

Hobbs, Valerie.  Sheep
As he passes through a series of owners and names, a border collie puppy finds both kindness and cruelty, and even love. Finally, he saves the life of a lost orphan boy, bonds with him, and helps find a family for them both.The story of a dog who finds a place to belong in the tradition of Shiloh, Lassie Come Home, and Hurry Home, Candy.

Kennedy, Marlane.  The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes
Rain or shine, hot or cold, poor St. Bernard Beauregard is left in the backyard. No one ever plays with him or checks his food and water bowls, and even Charlotte, who doesn’t like dogs, can tell he’s sad. So she makes sure he has water, gives him belly rubs—blech!—and feeds him every single day. But it’s kind of a pain, and she knows Beauregard deserves better. Charlotte has an idea. Now all she needs is a plan. Maybe a lot of plans.  How do you rescue your own dog?

Korman, Gordon.  Swindle
After a mean collector cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into his compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way — a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive — but Griffin and his team are going to get back what’s rightfully his!  Also try Zoobreak and Framed.

Lee, Ingrid.  Dog Lost
Mackenzie has got one friend in the whole world: Cash, the pit bull puppy that his father won and, surprisingly, gave him. But when his father dumps Cash in the middle of nowhere, Mac vows to find her and bring her back home.  Little does he know that while he searches for Cash, she’s surviving her own adventures looking for him and proving in the process that all dogs–even pit bulls–are born good.

Margolis, Leslie.  Boys are Dogs
Annabelle’s all-girls elementary was very different from Birchwood Middle School where boys run through the halls like wild animals. But with a little experimenting, Annabelle realizes that like her new puppy, maybe boys can be trained too. With Annabelle’s hilarious take on friendship, boys, and her all-new life, this survival guide perfectly captures the joy and agony of middle school. And it might just teach you how to tame the wildest beasts of all—boys!

Nuzum, K. A.  The Leanin’ Dog
More than anything, Dessa Dean needed a friend—a friend who she could confide in, a friend who could share her heart. Hope was about to wear out, when there came a scratching at the door and Dessa Dean’s life was forever changed. This is the story of a girl, a dog, and the friendship that saves them both.

 

O’Connor, Barbara.  How to Steal a Dog
Georgina Hayes is desperate. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, she’s stuck looking after her younger brother. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.

Selfors, Suzanne.  Smells Like Dog
When his uncle disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.  Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog are soon on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they head into a world where ruthless treasure hunters hide around every corner; where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined.

Spearman, Andy.  Barry, Boyhound
One night, Barry turns into a boyhound. Not a hound, but a boyhound; while he may still look like a boy, he is, in fact, a dog. And even in his boyhound brain, Barry knows there are lots of advantages to being a dog. No cleaning your room or using dental floss, for example. But things get crazy. He eats something too disgusting to mention. He’s attacked by telepathic squirrels. An innocent squashed frog gets involved. Plus, his mother’s pretty mad. And that’s all before the really bad thing happens. . . .

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How can you resist those faces?  Read one today, and let me know what you think!  And if you come across any other great covers or titles, I’m always on the lookout for more.

::Kelly::

Teens: If you like Royal Reads

A Great and Terrible Beauty Series by Libba Bray
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennett deals with family life, romance, and marriage while growing up aristocratic society of early 19th century England.

Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

In 1920s Austria, no one in the Viennese opera company knows that their wardrobe mistress Tessa is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life–and love–than just music.

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew–provided she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly adverse to the plan, if the right nephew proposes.

The Season by Sarah MacLean
Showing no interest in the sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties, and country weekends enjoyed by the rest of early nineteenth-century London society, seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford seeks adventure as she investigates the puzzling murder of the Earl of Blackmoor, father of devilishly handsome Gavin

La Petite Four by Regina Scott
In London in 1815, sixteen-year-old Lady Emily Southwell, who aspires to be an artist, enlists the aid of her three best friends from the Barnsley School for Young Ladies, in helping her out of an unwanted betrothal to a man she suspects of evil intentions, even as she is drawn to a mysterious stranger.

The King’s Rose by Alyssa Libby
Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford’s stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare’s Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Old Favorites: The House with a Clock in Its Walls

It’s still October, so our Old Favorites this month are still scary books that will chill your bones and make you think twice about walking through a cemetery!

Originally published in 1973, I read The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs when I was in sixth grade.  (Not too long after it had come out.)  It had been extremely popular with my friends the year before, but I was too much of a chicken to pick it up!  What people were saying about it–a clock beating like a heart in the walls of a creepy house?  The ghost of an evil wizard haunting a person?  Spells involving a dead man’s hand?  Yikes! Not for me, I thought.

But my friends persisted, and finally I picked it up. It’s still one of the best–and creepiest–books I can remember reading!

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Lewis Barnavelt has just lost his parents; he’s sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan, who he’s never met. Jonathan turns out to be big and friendly…until a clock tolls the hour, and he freezes in place, fear on his face. He recovers fairly quickly though, and brings Lewis to his new home–a dark and foreboding mansion high on a hill overlooking the town. Inside, Lewis meets Mrs. Zimmerman, who lives next door and cooks and cleans for Jonathan. Things seem to be pretty normal, Lewis thinks.

But appearances can be deceiving.

Lewis soon learns that his uncle is studying to be a wizard; that he inherited the house from a warlock, and that Mrs. Zimmerman is a witch. Both adults agree that Isaac Izard, who previously owned the house, was evil.  Some of his spells are still in play.  And somewhere in the walls of the house, Isaac Izard left an invisible clock, ticking down the minutes to…what? No one quite knows.

Lewis is fascinated with his new home, and decides to learn magic himself. To impress one of his new friends, he does something quite foolish–and brings the evil hidden in the house to a head. The invisible clock in the walls starts ticking faster, and Lewis must find it before it’s too late.

Tick….tick….tick…tick..tick.tick.ticktickticiticktick

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I have to admit, I could not stand hearing a clock tick at night after reading this book. My sister had a wind-up alarm clock, and I had to hide it under towels in the closet for a couple years afterward!

The  trilogy  that started with The House with a Clock in Its Walls continues with The Figure in the Shadows and concludes with The Letter, the Witch and the Ring. (so you know Lewis survives at least another two books!)  Each title is equally as creepy, but has a whole new situation that Lewis manages to get involved in.  Luckily, he is resourceful, even when threatened by a variety of supernatural creatures.  Several adventures were added later, both by Bellairs and by Todd Strickland, who took over the books when John Bellairs died.

John Bellairs was a local author who lived in Lincoln and wrote several series about kids who became wrapped up in spooky circumstances involving things like zombies, living statues and time-traveling trolley cars. I met him once; he was a very unusual man.  His books opened the world of reading to many kids who didn’t like to read, and I think we have his success to thank for series like Goosebumps, and authors like R. L. Stine.

Other series he wrote include the Johnny Dixon Mysteries and the Anthony Monday Mysteries (my favorite is The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn, which also includes one of the best librarian characters in kids’ books!)

But remember–if you’re looking for a book that will leave you checking under your bed, hiding ticking clocks and locking your windows every night, try The House with a Clock in Its Walls.  It’s creepy, it’s funny, and you won’t be able to put it down. And after you read it, let me know what you think!

::Kelly::