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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
From the Back Cover
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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing style is easy enough, but it has got quite mature themes involved so I wouldn't read it to sensitive young children - as some of the more hysterical comments below will... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Megan B
good book with an excellent plot
i would read it again
i think that chris columbus
is a great imaginative writer
Originally I bought this book for my daughter and she couldn't put it down. She raved on about it and said I should read it. I have to admit I was hooked. Read morePublished 14 months ago by In the mood writer
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... Read more
Brilliant my son enjoyed reading it and he's 12 years old so it's around his age range he has asked for the second book aswell greatPublished 16 months ago by Saffy
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