100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards Series #1)

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Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds....

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Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson’s inimitable style.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.

One magical cupboard would be enough for a fantasy story, but Wilson offers his twelve-year-old protagonist an even hundred. When Henry York comes to stay with his aunt, uncle, and three female cousins in Henry, Kansas, after his parents have been kidnapped while bicycling across South America, he has hitherto "led a life that had taught him not to look forward to anything." But the same dreary landscape that launched Dorothy to Oz here introduces Henry to his uncle's schemes of selling tumbleweeds on E-bay, to the summer joys of sandlot baseball, and to the existence of a wall in his attic bedroom full of mysterious cupboard doors which turn out to be portals across time and space into the fantastic unknown. Wilson is a marvel at crafting delightful sentences, such as "The paint was scum brown, the sort that normally hides at the bottom of a pond, attractive only to leeches and easily pleased frogs." Henry is the perfect unlikely fantasy hero, a boy whose parents made him ride in a car seat until he was nine and gave him a protective helmet to wear in P.E. But it is hard to connect with a boy who asks about his absent parents, "Are they really my parents?" is told, "Nope," and then never asks anything about them again. Henry's journeys through cupboard after cupboard become tedious after a while, with too many magical vistas and villains, and the completely unresolved ending feels more like a cheat than a beckoning to read on through the proposed series. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
Henry York, a typical, overprotected East Coast boy, is sent to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins after his journalist parents are kidnapped in South America. Henry lands in Kansas and reconnects with his three girl cousins on their farm in the heartland. Aunt Dottie and quirky Uncle Fred are well-meaning and set out to make Henry feel at home. On one level this is a coming-of-age story for Henry, who learns to play baseball and relate to his new circumstances. On another level it is the fantastical story of cupboards that are portals to other worlds, an evil witch out to drink Henry's blood, and the discovery that the kidnapped journalists are not really his parents. Henry learns about imagination and taking charge from his cousin Henrietta, who becomes his partner in solving the mystery of the cupboards. The concept and story line are interesting, but things get disjointed for listeners when Henry and Henrietta begin to explore other worlds through the portals. Too many new facts, characters, and terms are introduced without context and without being properly woven into the story. With the written version of this book, readers are able to go back and reread passages to help make sense of new twists in the plot. This is harder to do with an audio book. Henry is a likable boy but does not make a strong impression on listeners. This unabridged audio book features five compact discs; listening time is approximately six and one-half hours. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7- Henry York, 12, discovers 99 different cupboard doors hidden behind the plaster in his attic bedroom, and one in the room that belonged to his deceased grandfather. Henry's not particularly brave; in fact, he has only recently stopped wearing a helmet to P.E. class. Nevertheless, he opens some of the doors, only to become more and more puzzled. One of them, for example, opens into a forest, and behind another, mail is delivered. Henry's nagging cousin Henrietta wants to explore further and decides to open a menacing black cupboard door. When he discovers her face-down with her ice-cold arm in the grip of someone inside the cupboard, the boy and his family are unwillingly pulled into a life-or-death adventure. While the first part of the book may seem slow to those thinking the title indicates an immediate portal into different realms, fans of dark fantasy will be intrigued by the unknown realities awaiting these unsuspecting people. The characters are especially memorable, with Henry's seemingly clueless Uncle Frank, whose laid-back style offers wit and energy, standing out most of all. The story is well crafted and gratifying but the resolution may prove challenging for some. Unanswered questions lead into the next book in the series.-Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL

From the Publisher
“Well crafted and gratifying.”—School Library Journal

“A highly imaginative tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375838828
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: 100 Cupboards Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 55,522
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

N. D. Wilson is the bestselling author of the Ashtown Burials series and Leepike Ridge. When he was a kid, he spent nearly a year living in his grandparents’ attic. If there were cupboards in those walls, he never found them. He and his wife live in Idaho, along with their five young explorers.

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100 Cupboards


By N.D. Wilson

Random House Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2007 N.D. Wilson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780375838811

Henry, Kansas, is a hot town. And a cold town. It is a town so still there are times when you can hear a fly trying to get through the window of the locked-up antique store on Main Street. Nobody remembers who owns the antique store, but if you press your face against the glass, like the fly, you'll see that whoever they are, they don't have much beyond a wide variety of wagon wheels. Yes, Henry is a still town. But there have been tornadoes on Main Street. If the wind blows, it's like it won't ever stop. Once it's stopped, there seems to be no hope of getting it started again.
There is a bus station in Henry, but it isn't on Main Street. It's one block north--the town fathers hadn't wanted all the additional traffic. The station lost one- third of its roof to a tornado fifteen years ago. In the same summer, a bottle rocket brought the gift of fire to its restrooms. The damage has never been repaired, but the town council makes sure that the building is painted fresh every other year, and always the color of a swimming pool. There is never graffiti. Vandals would have to drive more than twenty miles to buy the spray paint.

Every once in a long while, a bus creeps into town and eases to a stop beside the mostly roofed, bright aqua station with the charred bathrooms. Henry is always gladto see a bus. Such treats are rare.

On this day, the day our story begins, bus hopes were high. The Willis family was expecting their nephew, and the mister and missus stood on the curb waiting for his arrival.

Mrs. Willis couldn't hold nearly as still as the town. She was brimful of nervous energy and busily stepped on and off the curb as if she were waiting for the bus to take her off to another lifetime of grammar school and jump rope. She had planned to wear her best dress on principle--it was the sort of thing her mother would have done--but she had no idea which of her dresses was best, or how to begin the selection process. It was even possible that she didn't have a dress that was best.
So she had remained in her sweatpants and T-shirt. She had been canning in her kitchen and looked pleasant despite the faded teal of her pants. Her face was steam-ruddied and happy, and her brown hair, which had originally been pulled back into a ponytail, had struggled free. On this day, if you got close enough, as her nephew would when hugged, she smelled very strongly of peaches. She was of medium build in every direction, and she was called Dotty by her friends, Dots by her husband, and Mrs. Willis by everyone else.

People liked Dotty. They said she was interesting. They rarely did the same for her husband. They said Mr. Willis was thin, and they didn't just mean physically thin. They meant thin everywhere and every way. Dotty saw much more than thin, and she liked him. Frank Willis didn't seem to notice much of anything beyond that.
Mrs. Willis stopped her stepping and backed away from the curb. Something was shimmering on the highway. The bus was coming. She nudged Frank and pointed. He didn't seem to notice.

The Henry on the bus was not a town in Kansas. He was simply a twelve-year-old boy on a slow bus from Boston, waiting to meet an aunt and uncle he had not seen since the age of four. He was not looking forward to reuniting with Aunt Dotty and Uncle Frank. Not because he in any way disliked them, but because he had led a life that had taught him not to look forward to anything.

The bus stopped amid a shower of metallic grunts. Henry walked to the front, said goodbye to a talkative old woman, and stepped onto the curb into a lung-taste of diesel. The bus lurched off, the taste faded, and he found that he was being held tight by someone rather soft, though not large, and the smell of diesel had been replaced by peaches. His aunt held him back by the shoulders, her smile faded, and she became suddenly serious.

"We are both so sorry about your parents," she said. She was diligently eye-wrestling him. Henry couldn't quite look away. "But we are very happy you're going to be staying with us. Your cousins are all excited."

Someone patted Henry on the shoulder. He looked up.

"Yep," Uncle Frank said. He was watching the bus march out the other end of town.

"The truck's over here," he added, and gestured with his head.

Uncle Frank carried Henry's duffel bag while Aunt Dotty escorted him to the truck, one arm tightly wrapped around his shoulder. It was an old truck. A few decades earlier, it may have been a Ford. Then it had been donated as a shop-class project to Henry High. Uncle Frank bought it at an end-of-the-year fundraiser. The paint was scum brown, the sort that normally hides at the bottom of a pond, attractive only to leeches and easily pleased frogs. The class had not been able to afford the bigger wheels they had dreamed of, so they had simply lifted the truck body as high as the instructor would allow. The overall effect was one of startling ricketiness. Henry's bag was thrown into the truck bed.

"Hop in," Uncle Frank said, and pointed in the back. "The tailgate doesn't drop, so just stand on the tire there and hoick yourself over. I'll boost you a bit."

Henry stood on the tire and teetered for a moment, trying to get one leg over the edge of the truck bed. Uncle Frank pushed him from behind, and he tumbled in onto his side.

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Excerpted from 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson Copyright © 2007 by N.D. Wilson. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2008

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    A bookseller's perspective

    I work in the Children's Department at a Barnes & Noble store, and I read all the kids' books I can, just because I love many of them. I think a good story is a good story, regardless of the age it is written for; indeed, sometimes the best stories are the ones written by authors who were not targeting a specific audience, but writing simply to write. I loved 100 Cupboards. (Another bookseller read it and enjoyed it, and so several of us picked it up and all loved it.) It was well-written in a fresh and unique style, and I found the characters and plot interesting and just different enough from the usual fantasy fare that it stands out. Henry, the protagonist, is an odd boy, which I think some readers will identify with; his cousins are funny and realistic kids. I liked how nice his aunt and uncle were to him after his growing up with bizarre parents, and I think it's implied that they weren't caring enough. The worlds the cupboards lead to are interesting, scary, odd - even the boring one -- the post office -- is interesting. Why a post office? I like that. The author has about a hundred possibilities for stories with all the cupboards in Henry's attic room, and he barely scrapes the surface in this book. I hope very much that we find out more about Henry's world, his parents, and all those other worlds in future books. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a slightly different fantasy book.

    26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Great Fantasy Suspense Novel for kiddos!

    I bought this book for my son who is 9yr old. He hasn't really been a reader, but he enjoyed diary of a wimpy kid a lot and we were looking for something that could hold his attention. He loves this book. He read 65 pages in the first sitting! The characters are interesting and fun to follow. The suspense is just right for kids this age. Well written. A fun read.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Need a fast summer book? Well this one's for you...

    Oh of course, fantasy these days is a hard topic. It's a mess and pile of Harry Potter wanna-bes, Twilight wanna-be's, and absoutely everything in between poorly written, poorly executed, and just plain..boring. But thank heaven, fantasy lovers rejoice, this book is a breath of fresh air.

    Henry York is lying awake one night to find plaster crumbling from his wall...onto his head. Not sleepy, he chisels away until he discovers...one whole side of his attic wall is entirely cupboards of every shape and size imaginable. And...they all lead to different places. Some mysterious, some enchanting, and some...evil beyond words.

    I've long awaited to read this novel, after hearing hype after hype about it. When it finally was avaible at my huge local library, i grabbed it eagerly, and just about finished it in a day. N.D. Wilson's got some pretty good stuff here. It's a simple but engaging, not to mention ORINGINAL (which counts for EVERYthing these days! Harry Potter wanna-be, anyone?) and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are loveable, the story is unique, the settings easy to imagine, and the writing is simple yet clever. As I have said in my title, it's the perfect summer read becuase it's not 100 pages yet, but goes by FAST, and it's satisying and great for a stormy summer night on the porch, and later, since you can't put it down, under the covers.

    As for content, it'll make parents happy. No language, sexual content, and mild violence. Some things, such as man eating wolves and angry witches, might upset or frighten very young children but this book isn't intended for the ages that might be scared by it. It would also be a wonderful family read out-loud.

    So that's the pros...now, even though this is a delightful book, there's still some cons, as even the greatest books possess. This whole story was building up to an amazing ending...and that, it did not have. It left me wanting more, and making sure I hadn't skipped pages. The ending is lacking the sparkle and excitment the rest of this book was, i was expecting KAPOW! and got not even a rumble of thunder. Sure, the author wanted his readers hungry for more (cough cough- sequel) but doesn't this book deserve to be a stand alone? Certainly. But with the ending it contains, this book could never be one. what does that make it lack? substance.

    Also, of course, with a whole wall of 99 cupboards you'd think some of them would lead to some pretty amazing places...which, okay, okay, they did...just not what I was expecting. At all. Don't expect any Mad Hatters or freaky parents with button eyes, people. Those cupboard doors might as well lead to your basment. When they are wicked and evil places, they're places that could leave you yawning. Again, i suspected KAPOW and got...a whisper. I won't give away the hidden worlds behind the cupboards, so you can see for yourself, for they just weren't quite exciting enough for me. Or maybe we just don't know enough about them yet. (see sequel, which i haven't read yet)

    Last but not least, some of the author's descriptions seemed messy and confusing. Some I had to read twice, three times to grasp what he was talking about. All these cons are VERY VERY minor, and thus this book still begs to be read and shared.

    A delightful book. clean, exciting, a heck of an adventure. Give it to kids (AND adults) who are craving a summer adventure in their backyards.

    ~thanks for reading!~

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    100 Cupboards Full of Fun!

    Although I had to wait in line for my wife and six reading-age kids to complete all the books, I finally just finished enjoying this first of three in the series. The idea of finding a mysterious wall of portals to other worlds has that unique creative spark that seems lacking in many fictional works today. I applaud N.D. Wilson for developing characters and places with a depth and quirkiness that makes the story seem all the more believable. If you like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis' tales, you're sure to find this 'normal-kids-get-swept-into-fantasy-land' book a fun read. I can't speak for the remaining books quite yet, but I'm sure if they're anything like the first, they'll be equally enjoyable. My kids are nodding an enthusiastic 'Yes!'

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    That is one DARN GOOD BOOK! :)

    Full of twists and surprises, a GREAT read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    WONDERFULL AND AMAZING!!!

    100 cupboards is an exelent book. Some parts were really scary,it made it hard to put down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2010

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    AMAZING BOOK

    100 Cupboards, By N.D. Wilson is an amazing book, you can not put it down. This book gets more and more exiting as it goes. A definite Nail biter! if you are looking for a thrilling fantasy book, this is the one for you. So Read N.D Wilson's Book, 100 Cupboards today.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Scary question answer

    I am a seventh grader from London. It is not a scary book but it is sure exciting. There are certain bits where it is confusing but it sorts out. My only objection to this book is that it started so bloody slow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Hard to put down

    This book is amazing!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Best book ever!

    This is one of the best books that i have ever read before in my whole entire

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Best book ever

    This book is amazing!!! It has details and a intresting and exiting plot. The chareters have flaws and talents. The series even get better from here with some unexpected surprises.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Loved it :D

    I read this book a couple years ago and i loved it. Yesterday I saw it and bought it, it was way better the first time! I reccomend it for ages 6 and up. It is a great book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Keys

    Try to find 2 keys

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Adventurous, but boring sometimes

    In the beginning of the book, and by that I mean the 1st 122 pgs. and more, it was sorrta boring. Some of the book didn't make any sence, like tge mailbox. How can there be a room, but at the same time a mailbox? The end got better, but in the beginning, I was BORED!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Corrupt file

    I have no idea how good this book is because it won't load into my son's Nook. It downloads as a corrupt file and can not be opened with Adobe Digital Editions, so I can not transfer it into our Nook.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Fantasy Out of the Box

    N.D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards series is without question at or very near the top of my new-found love for fantasy list.

    Can I just say that I'm completely superficial? I adored the doors to the "cupboards" on the jacket of this book. They're all so very different and unique. Each door made me more and more curious until I just couldn't wait to get back to the story. Then, once again, mid chapter after being irritated by being interrupted again, I'd pick up the book, see another door, and my mind would go wild. I think my favorite door is the white one with the single knob and a "gable" on it in the dead center of the front. It's just so COOL.

    This book has everything that great fantasy should have. Henry York is a sympathetic character. You immediately love and identify with him. He's not perfect, but he's admirable. When characters are too perfect, they become annoying. If they don't have qualities to emulate, they aren't worth reading about. But there's more to this story than an excellent hero- the other characters are equally well-crafted in their own rights.

    In addition to excellent characterization, the book has the age-old good vs. evil. I kept wanting to try to compare it to other novels, Lewis', Rowling's, and Flanagan's, but while there are minor similarities (after all, there is nothing new under the sun), Mr. Wilson has created something so uniquely his that comparisons aren't just. The book stands alone on its own merit. Yes, you enter another world like you do with Narnia. The doors take you there much like the Wardrobe did in LWW, but there are so many different places and "portholes" that you truly can't call it Narniaesque.

    There is "magic" in the story. If Narnia bothers you, these books aren't for you or your children. However, if you find Narnia perfectly acceptable but chose to forgo Harry Potter, I'd say this is still a good fit. The "magic" in this book is of the same feel and purpose as it is in Narnia.

    It's hard. I want to tell you of so many things that I loved about the story. I love the misunderstood boy who isn't stereotypical even though you'd think he should be. I want to tell you about the uncle selling tumbleweeds on eBay. That was genius! Brilliant. There are so many little things like that, but I just can't do it. I'm afraid I'd ruin the story.

    Oh, and once you're done with the first, don't forget the second. Dandelion Fire. you'll never see a field of dandelions the same again.

    I owe C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, John Flanagan, Gerald Morris, and definitely N.D. Wilson a huge debt of gratitude. They inspired me to write my own fantasy series. It's not of their caliber. I'd never presume to assume it was, but it's mine and without these and other great fantasy authors, I'd never have even thought of it. I'm already planning my next series!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Happy we found it

    Our kids are quick readers, so we're always on the hunt for new books to read. On one of our many trips to Barnes & Noble, we came upon 100 Cupboards. It was new to us; we hadn't heard of it before -- guess we were judging a book by its cover, because the artwork is interesting (and perfect for the story.) Our 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son both read the book and enjoyed it a lot. I read it too, and it was an entertaining story. It's mostly fast-paced with just enough excitement and peril to keep the reader interested. A couple of scary moments that might be a bit much for a younger reader (under 10) but otherwise not very frightening. We will definitely be looking for the sequel and for other books written by N.D. Wilson.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

    Cool Story!

    I think it is cool because it would be fun to explore different worlds like Henry and Henrietta do in the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

    Twelve-year-old Henry York's world-traveling parents have been kidnapped, so he has moved in with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins at their old farm home in Henry, Kansas. Even though he's stuck in a tiny converted closet up in the attic, Henry almost doesn't mind living with his relatives. In fact, he's kind of excited about it, because for the first time in his life, he can play baseball without a helmet, sit in the back of a truck, and own a knife of his very own (which his Uncle Frank bought for him). <BR/><BR/>One night, while Henry's lying on his bed in the little attic closet, a piece of plaster falls off of the wall behind him and hits him in the head. With his cousin Henrietta's help, he rips down all of the plaster on that one side to discover an entire wall of mysterious cupboards. In one, they can see a glowing yellow room and a man's leg. From another, wind howls and rain pours into the room when the door is opened. <BR/><BR/>Most of the cupboards are locked, but there is another mystery waiting in Grandfather's bedroom, which hasn't been opened since he passed away two years ago. Are all of these locked doors somehow connected? More importantly, what wonderful (or terrifying) things lie beyond them...? <BR/><BR/>Despite a slow start and a rather convoluted ending, this story certainly delivers for those itching for the blood-curdling and creepy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    100 Cupboards is great start for a fantasy series. 12 year-old Henry is sent to live with his aunt, uncle and his 3 girl cousins. In his small attic bedroom he discovers 100 cupboards on one wall. When he discovers the ways they open, the adventure begins! Involved are his cousins, a dead grandfather, and others I don't want to mention so you can discover them yourself! I enjoyed this book quite a bit. For anyone who enjoys fantasy mixed with reality, and twists you weren't expecting, this a book for you. I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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