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The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls / The Figure in the Shadows / The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
The Best of John Bellairs The House with a Clock in Its Walls / The Figure in the Shadows / The Letter the Witch and the Ring Author:John Bellairs The House with a Clock in Its Walls: — Lewis Barnavelt, a newly orphaned ten-year-old, comes to live with his Uncle Johnathan. Little does Lewis know that Uncle Johnathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman are witches. Lewis finds that he himself owns magical powers, and soon is thrust in a supernatural battle between goo... more »d and evil. T
The Figure in the Shadows:
The second tale focuses on Grampa Barnavelt's old coin. Lewis thinks the coin is an amulet, but when he starts to wear it around his neck, bizarre things start to happen -- and not all of them good.
The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring:
The last tale shifts the focus to thirteen-year-old Rose Rita, who is embittered because she cannot go to camp like Lewis. so Mrs. Zimmerman offers Rita an adventure of her own. But when a magical ring disappears, Rita gets more of an adventure than she bargained for.
John Bellair's vivid characterization and and excruciatingly suspenseful plots make this series a thrilling ride!
Illustrations by Edward Gorey, Mercer Mayer, and Richard Egielski.« less
smith-jones reviewed The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls / The Figure in the Shadows / The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring on + 47 more book reviews
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This tittle contains three stories in one. This review is based on the first story The House with a Clock.
This turned out to be a warm and fun book full of magic and mystery and the battle of four wizards in search for a mysterious clock hidden between the walls of an old house. The house becomes the new home of recently orphaned 10 year old Lewis who is now living with his uncle Jonathan -a bachelor- who has this wacky neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman.
During the first days of Lewis' living with his uncle, Lewis learns Jonathan is a parlor magician and that he is a pretty eccentric one. Both uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman are wizards but young Lewis doesn't know that yet. He just knows that at night they act strangely and that the house comes alive with a constant tick tock noise emanating through the walls.
The mysterious clock is heard through the walls of this house but only one wizard knows why its ticking increases with time as if forecasting something bad about to explode.
The one wizard who hid the clock knows of it and where it is but that wizard is dead and trapped in his tomb. He cannot get out unless somebody releases him or his dead wife.
It is a book for middle school children, surprisingly well written and with an excellent story line with warm and compassionate characters. It deals with a young boy trying to fit in in a new city, new school with its own bullies and a new set of family members wacky and all.
By the way, 10 year old Lewis is very well loved and cared for by uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman the neighboring wizard.