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The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt)

The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt) [Kindle Edition]

John Bellairs , Edward Gorey
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2933 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014036336X
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 Aug 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CS74VYY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a faboulos book. 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer
hello i am ten years old.The first time i ever heard of this series was when my teacher read it to us(in fifth grade.) I did not know what book to read for my book report so i chose one of his books. i read it and i could not put it down. so i read practicly the whole series so far. it is an excellent book for kids if you like funny,scary, and suspense parts. then read this book. hope you like the book and i hope you think it is really interesting too. write to me and tell me what you thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING SPIN ON THE GOTHIC GENRE 17 July 1998
By A Customer
I suppose I am going to spend a long time looking for another book as suspenseful, well-written, and atmospheric as John Bellair's House With a Clock in Its Walls. I first read this novel at the age of ten and I was immediately captivated by the author's use of setting and character to transport me to a small town in the 1940s where magic is present around every corner. Bellairs' take on the gothic genre is masterful; through wit and economy of words he is able to conjure up everything from a vast Victorian mansion with secret rooms, to a mysterious, kind, and magical uncle, and to an evil witch brought back from the dead. This book is responsible for starting me on an obsessive search for any literature or film related to the "gothic house" story--and only a few works, such as Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House or Angela Carter's short story "The Bloody Chamber," come close to capturing the same sense of magic, dark foreboding, and hous! ! es that are truly living characters. I have often wished that this book were turned into a film; I can seen every frame of it in my head. I think it is marvellously visual and would be highly effective on the screen. If you haven't read this story, you are in for a real treat. It's smart, funny, scary, well-written, and genuine--qualities that are unfortunately hard to find in most adult novels. Likewise, if you enjoy this book, you have the opportunity to delve into the many other Bellairs books which are generally of the same quality of this story. (Besides, the terrific Edward Gorey pictures alone make this book a great read!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I always found myself coming back to the magic, ghosts, and warmth of the words that danced across my eyes when I read. At some points, like when Lewis and Tarby resurected Mrs. Izaard, I felt like I was going to stop reading all together. This book was what got me into magic chants and spells. Every bit of the book was facinating, I aate it up in two days flat! I especialy liked they discription of the town and the mansion, I always had a vivid picture in my mind of what was going on in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for young children. 24 Aug 1998
By A Customer
This was the first book that was ever read to me (I was in the 5th grade) and our teacher would read us a chapter a day. After about the third chapter, it became the highlight of my day at school. I even read it a couple of times after that. I mark this book as one of those points when a person find the joy of reading and then is lost in the wonder of the tales and worlds that fine authors share with us. Now I'm a father and getting books for my child. This is one that will definately top my list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of those hidden treasures 1 Sep 2010
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It's beautifully written. It's one of those books that doesn't employ particular artifice (after all, it's written for nine to twelve year-olds) but every word in it seems perfectly placed. I read it out loud late at night to try to instil nightmares in my girlfriend, and it's very easy to do so.

To read out loud, that is. She hasn't had any horological-architectural dreams. Yet.

Reading out loud can be quite a tough test of a book (Alexei Sayle's Barcelona Plates is punishing, to say the least) but THWACIIW passes easily. It feels like a wonderfully crafted object, that Bellairs clearly put a lot of work into.

Although it's aimed at youngsters, there are some surprisingly mature themes in it; friends outgrowing one another, dealing with loss, guilt, and also magical artefacts that require body parts from executed felons. So that's an odd mix, and possibly a lot darker than the natural comparison, Harry Potter. Young hero, parents dead, magically gifted? Check, check, check.

However, there are a few flaws. While the start of the book is fantastically creepy, with skulking in mysterious darkened passages, towards the end this feeling of dread is replaced by something rather too close to a deus ex machina. For much of the climax of the story Lewis, the protagonist, is relegated to the position of onlooker, while the adults, Jonathan and Mrs Zimmermann, get on with the serious business.

There's also one or two loose ends (cars, Tarby, Hammerhandle) but to be fair, this does seem like Bellairs preparing the way for the rest of his series of books.
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"The House With A Clock In It's Walls" was my favorite book when I discovered it at age ten. Now that I'm almost thirty, it's still my favorite book. I feel transported into the exciting worlds that Mr. Bellairs created for his characters, and I think I will always enjoy this escape. What could be more fun than coming home from work, snuggling up in bed and sneaking around a graveyard with Lewis? And Mrs. Zimmerman and Uncle Jonathan are witty, amusing and alot of fun. The kind of relatives I never had!! Read this book-you and your kids will love it!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A proto-Harry Potter story full of charm and adventure
I never realized how good this series was until I picked up THWACIIW recently and re-read it - twice! Read more
Published on 24 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, definitely
i read this book in 4th grade, and i loved it. it's a great book, really. there's fantasy and adventure and i found the characters very 3 dimensional and believable. Read more
Published on 21 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that creates a world you will never forget
I read this book first many years ago, and have read it many times since then. It is a testament to the wonderful writing that New Zebedee is one of the few fictional places that... Read more
Published on 16 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book as a child and as an adult
I read this book 15 years ago,i just happened to pick it up again and it was just as exciting as I remembered it. The magic and the excitment never seem to amaze me. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Tottaly spellbinding thriller for people of all ages
I first read this book over 15 years ago and hove only read it once since but it still remains one of the most intresting peices of fiction I have ever come across. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was so full of suspense,that I couldn't put it down
The book was well-writen and had a lot of neat adventures in it, like when Lewis raises Mrs. Izzard from the dead. Read more
Published on 1 July 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book the only problem: the suspense was lacking
Lewis is now an orphan and he is living with his uncle Jonathan who he likes very much. He makes new friends such as Tarby and Mrs. Zimmerman. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best books I've ever read
I read this in school and I was so hooked on it I had to read the whole thing when I got home!
Published on 5 Jun 1998
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