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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007490151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007490158
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A breakneck, jam-packed, roller coaster of an adventure’ –
J. K. Rowling

“an engrossing page-turner.” – The Guardian

“House of Secrets…serves up everything an eight to twelve year old reader could possibly want from an adventure.” – Love Reading 4 Kids

About the Author

For over twenty-five years, Chris Columbus has written, directed and produced some of the most successful box-office hits, which have established him as a major force in contemporary Hollywood film-making. As a writer, he launched his career with the legendary films Gremlins and The Goonies. Columbus directed and produced the first two films in the blockbuster Harry Potter series and produced the third. More recently, Columbus has directed features such as the hit film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As a
director, Columbus has been at the helm of such films as Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Ned Vizzini (1981-2013) began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At seventeen, he was asked to write a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and at nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naaah…, his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, was selected for the Today Show Book Club by Judy Blume. It's Kind of a Funny Story, a cult classic, was adapted into a 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis and named one of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels by National Public Radio. The Other Normals, his third novel, was a Junior Library Guild selection. He was the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. He wrote for the New Yorker and Salon. He also wrote for television, including MTV's hit show Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By homeport_uk on 6 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
THE HOUSE OF SECRETS follows three siblings and their family as they are forced to move to a mysterious new house in San Francisco and end up embarking on a journey to retrieve a dark book of untold power.
The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . But everything changed when their father lost his job. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by a troubled fantasy writer. Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey, to retrieve a dark book of untold power and uncover the Walker family's secret history. Oh and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.

House of Secrets was a brilliant read. Once I had read a few pages, I found it difficult to put down. Well written, fast paced, lots of action and humour. This is a true adventure story about three children, Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker, who moves to Kristoff House, perched on or literally over Sea Cliff. The house which appears almost Tardis like is an old Victorian house that once belonged to the Kristoff family.
The house seems way out of the family's budget, especially after the "incident" that is hinted at, that had befallen their surgeon father. However the agent tells them that they are looking for a particular family fallen on hard times and they are that family. Of course things are never that simple and as the story unfolds we learn of the connections between the Walker's and the Kristoff's.
All the children feel uneasy at the house, but the parents love the house, and they decide to buy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hugh M. Joseph on 28 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just bought a sample of this book and i am absoloutley hooked. I am a big fan of J.K. Rowling, so when i saw her reveiw of this book i had to give it a go and im so glad i did. Really well written it makes a story that could seem so unrealistic, realistic.You can really feel for the kids and all together, it is just brilliant. I would really recomend this book to anyone, any age
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
People who are comparing this book to Harry Potter are just being ridiculous. Just because J.K Rowling has said something good about the book does not mean it is Harry Potter. Adults who are comparing this to Harry Potter must have not read either carefully because there is really nothing much in common because there is pirates and swords and pistol and British pilots from World War One I think.
It is a brilliant book and I felt I was actually there. When Cordelia was feeling pain I could feel pain burning within me.
This is coming form an Nine-year old girl who actually knows the difference between two quite different books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Chester on 24 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this book in part because of the recommendation of J K Rowling.
The story is not bad but the characters do not draw the reader into their world; they are a little under developed and consequently the story feels overlong. The premise of the tale is a mixture of "InkHeart" and the usual quest story. I disliked the younger sister finding her very irritating at times. I also think that this is aimed at a slightly younger age group perhaps 9 to 11. "The Emerald Atlas" series is more exiting and a better read.
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Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

You might have heard of Chris Columbus before as the director of a couple of the Harry Potter movies and the mind behind Home Alone, Mrs Doubtfire and other classic movies. Here, he teams up with the talented Ned Vizzini, a YA author who sadly fell to his death just before Christmas in 2013, in what’s believed to be a suicide.

The two writers have a good connection, inasmuch as it’s effectively impossible to tell who wrote what – it just reads like a novel that was written by one person, which can only be a good thing. This is the first book in the series, although I accidentally read it second because I received the two books out of order when they were sent to me by the publisher. Both of the books are a lot of fun, and it’s hard to pick which of the two I preferred.

My main gripe with this is actually in the language that the characters occasionally use to refer to their English friend, Will. The American characters keep making vaguely xenophobic digs about his nationality, suggesting that Brits don’t brush their teeth and only bathe once a week. That’s simply not true, I bathe way less than that – I’m a shower guy.

Will doesn’t actually exist – in fact, he’s a character in one of the books that they end up in. See, they move into the house that was formerly occupied by Denver Kristoff, a writer who went kind of crazy when he found The Book of Doom and Desire and ended up becoming the Storm King.

The main story-line in this, the first novel in the series, follows the story of the younger members of the Walker family, as they’re sucked into a strange world comprised of a mixture of three of Denver Kristoff’s novels.
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