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House of Secrets (House of Secrets, Book 1) by [Columbus, Chris, Vizzini, Ned]
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House of Secrets (House of Secrets, Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in House of Secrets (3 Book Series)

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"A breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books, HOUSE OF SECRETS comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear."--J.K. Rowling

"A swift-paced...clever page-turner for any reader who has wanted to take part in literary adventures ... This story is compelling, great fun, and sure to be popular."--ALA Booklist

"The young Walkers are plucky, quick thinkers whom readers will grow to love. With a new adventure that seems to arrive with every chapter, the story unfolds quickly, thus keeping kids hooked and wanting to find out what will happen next."--School Library Journal

"The story is an engrossing page-turner with a parade of near-escapes, hilarious mishaps, and courageous face-offs with terrifying villains. The nonstop action will keep readers on the edge of their seats"--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books, HOUSE OF SECRETS comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear. --J.K. Rowling"

A swift-paced clever page-turner for any reader who has wanted to take part in literary adventures This story is compelling, great fun, and sure to be popular. --ALA Booklist"

The young Walkers are plucky, quick thinkers whom readers will grow to love. With a new adventure that seems to arrive with every chapter, the story unfolds quickly, thus keeping kids hooked and wanting to find out what will happen next. --School Library Journal"

The story is an engrossing page-turner with a parade of near-escapes, hilarious mishaps, and courageous face-offs with terrifying villains. The nonstop action will keep readers on the edge of their seats --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

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Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything: two loving parents, a beautiful house in San Francisco, and all the portable electronic devices they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job in the wake of a mysterious incident. Now in dire straits, the family must relocate to an old Victorian house that used to be the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff--a house that feels simultaneously creepy and too good to be true.

By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid. Their parents? Gone. Their friends? A world away. And they aren't alone. Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible--and fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they'll discover it's not just their family that's in danger . . . it's the entire world.

From master storytellers Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini comes this wildly imagi-native fantasy about a family's journey to find its way home.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2068 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007465831
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYDVKUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An action packed and indulging read, 3 fantastic characters, a beautiful storyline and wonderful villains. And this book despite being moderately lengthly is, whether you are a slow reader or a fast reader, a book that seems to fly by and you can't stop reading until the dismal moment when you find yourself coming to the end and seem desperate for another book (thankfully there was another).
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I've never read anything by Ned Vizzini but as soon as I heard he was writing a children's book with Chris Columbus (yes, that Chris Columbus, Harry Potter Chris Columbus, Percy Jackson Chris Columbus, writer of Goonies & Gremlins Chris Columbus...) I was sold! I didn't need to know what it was about because I was going to get my hands on a copy! And boy am I glad I did!

Promising adventure and mayhem from the start, we're introduced to the Walker children, Cordelia (Buffy not King Lear), Brendan and Eleanor (who exist in real life as Eleanor & Brendan Columbus, two of the author's children!) as they arrive at 128 Sea Cliff Avenue to view a house with their parents. The sighting of a one-handed stone angel adds an air of menace to the beautiful Kristoff House and from there you know the children are in for a bumpy ride. The family are all moved in and things are finally starting to their way until an old lady appears at the front door. Dahlia Kristoff is a woman with a mission and that mission is to find a book by the name of 'The Book Of Doom And Desire', discovered by her father, Denver Kristoff (a famous author) and Rutherford Walker (the children's great-grandfather. Fate would appear to have led the family to Kristoff House...

The old lady has become the Wind Witch and whirls the Walker children and their new house into another world, leaving them to believe their parents are dead and to find the book for her. Here, the adventure kicks up several notches when it becomes evident they are in a place populated by characters and places from Denver Kristoff''s books.
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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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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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My 8 year old son loved this book and has already asked me to order the second book in the series. It's jam packed with action and adventure and it even had my son laughing out loud multiple times :) He couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it!
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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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After an incident at work leaves their father jobless and the Walker family homeless, the discounted purchase of Kristoff House, the unusual but elegant creation of an eccentric novelist, is too good an opportunity to miss. While the monetary cost is nominal, it all too quickly becomes evident that someone intends for the family to pay a much higher price.

At over five hundred pages, the House of Secrets is a large book by most standards. For the middle grade category it is undoubtedly a beast of a book. But as it moves seamlessly from atmospherically creepy tension, to humor, via heart racing action, breath catching peril and wide-eyed surprise, I found that I was absorbed, entertained and delighted by every single page.

The co-writers film and TV backgrounds shine through. Reading the House Of Secrets was an almost cinematic experience full of wondrous Technicolor images and larger than life characters. This was enhanced by the multiple third person, past tense perspective.
I had no idea what was going to happen next or which fantastical being was about to be introduced to our cast and I felt like I was watching an epic adventure movie from my 80's childhood.

Although very much a driven by the fast paced plot, I was delighted by the realistically flawed but likeable Walkers. As the eldest of four siblings, the squabbling, antagonistic, yet warm and protective relationship felt spot on and I could, all to easily, identify with the bossy, slightly condescending, mother hen, Cordelia.
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