Chase Tinker & The House of Magic [NOOK Book]

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In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...

Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker can't understand why he has the power to move things with his mind. Besides that, his dad has been missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too upset to pay much attention to her sons, so now he's been busted for shoplifting. As if this isn't enough to worry ...
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Chase Tinker & The House of Magic

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Overview

In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination...

Thirteen-year-old Chase Tinker can't understand why he has the power to move things with his mind. Besides that, his dad has been missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too upset to pay much attention to her sons, so now he's been busted for shoplifting. As if this isn't enough to worry about, his younger brother Andy suddenly has a weird magical ability too. Can things get any crazier? Chase thinks.

Then, a grandfather they thought to be long dead arrives at their door. He wants Chase and Andy to come visit him so they can learn about their supernatural heritage, and why they have magical powers in the first place.

The boys soon find out that Grandfather, along with their cousin Janie, lives on a remote island in the middle of Puget Sound in an out-of-this-world house where fantastic magic can be found in practically every room, stairway and corridor. Chase can't believe their dad has been keeping so much from them.

It's an even bigger shock when Chase learns that all their magic is controlled by a powerful and mysterious Relic in the attic, and if anything happens to this Relic, every bit of Tinker magic will be lost forever. He's even more disturbed when he learns his family has a dark and powerful enemy that is determined to steal all their magic, their house and their Relic.

Now Chase must find a way to stop these evil beings, while at the same time figuring out what has happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets and not letting on that he has a huge crush on the housekeeper's daughter.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014877367
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: The Chase Tinker Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 218,477
  • File size: 347 KB

Meet the Author

Malia loves dancing, reading, writing, playing video games on her iPod, watching TV, and chocolate. She also has terrible motion sickness and hates onions. She's always wanted to have the ability to teleport and the power to move things with her mind. Then one night she dreamed she was living in a house filled with magical rooms and the very next day she started throwing ideas together for her Chase Tinker fantasy series, after consulting with her kids, of course. She lives in the Seattle area with her four wild and crazy ferrets. You can email her at . She'd love to hear from you.
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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    Let me start off by saying that I've never read a book, in the f

    Let me start off by saying that I've never read a book, in the fantasy genre, with images so perfectly clear and descriptions that didn't leave me mind-boggled for, like, and entire half hour. I didn't have to go back and reread anything, I didn't have to spend the next ten minutes trying to decipher the true meaning of the words, and I didn't space out anywhere in the ENITRE book! (Notice that I've just died and gone to heaven)




    Chase Tinker and the House of Magic is a wonderfully written clash between Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. It's got everything, from giant houses with moving staircases to walking hat stands and grinning ferrets (FERRETS!!! :D).
    And the best part? It's not boring. It's not full of cliches. It's not confusing in any way. And besides, it has everything a middle-grade book should have. It's funny, witty, exciting, bone-chilling, romantic, adventurous, and MAGICAL!




    The Characters
    Chase Tinker is, primarily, the main character. He's a cool kid, barely reaching his teen years. He's the sort of boy that, the more you get to know him, the more you love him. It's impossible not to. It's one of those attractions you can't run away from. He's not difficult to understand either. Even though the story is written in third person, Chase's thoughts and feelings were easy enough to get. I fell in love his witty sense of humor and his undying enthusiasm, it's just so addicting!
    His little bro, Andy, is as cute as can be! He's the little guy anyone would want as a brother. Besides, he's hilarious and smart. He's 10 1/2, but he hasn't lost his little-boy charm yet. It's adorable.
    Together the two brothers are inseparable. Ever since Andy discovered his time-stopping power, the connection between the brother's has strengthened.
    Let's hope it's enough to keep the bad guy away :)




    Plot
    Apart from: magical, truly captivating, and fluidly paced, I can only describe the plot in one other word: unique.
    So, ok, there are some resemblances to things in other books, but what Malia Ann Haberman has done to add those finishing touches to the magic is... it's just out of this world. Imaginative doesn't even start to cover it. The story is a whirlwind between the used and the original. It's a nice mix too. This way, you never know what to expect. And trust me, expect the unexpected in this book (Keep an extra sharp eye on that ferret, Maxwell. He's a tricky little devil he is. Adorable, but tricky).




    Overall
    I honestly can't believe I hadn't heard of this book before. In my opinion, it should be in every elementary school library. Kids will LOVE this! And so would tweens/teens. It's an adventure you just can't miss!
    I couldn't get enough of Chase and Andy, or the Magic House, or their wonderful adventure together through this magical place.
    I highly recommend this one to anyone at all. It's a fun, light read that makes you smile all the way :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    I simply did not want this book to end I was enjoying it so much

    I simply did not want this book to end I was enjoying it so much!
    The story is presented with skill and lots of imagination, for example, the rooms and people are not the only magical things in the rambling old house.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Chase and his brother are being raised solely by their Mother af

    Chase and his brother are being raised solely by their Mother after the disappearance and suspected death of their Father over a year ago.
    Chase has a secret, he can move things with his mind and then he discovers that his brother Andy can freeze time.




    One day they are unexpectedly visited by their long thought to be dead Grandfather, he informs them that they come from a long line of Wizards and he's there to take them to his home and to train them, but the Tinker family home just isn't your normal house, the rooms all have different magical themes to them and when a family member dies a new room appears with that persons power inside.




     And with their cousin Janie and the housekeeper's daughter Persephone (whom Chase has a crush on) they have a ton of adventures inside the amazing, never-ending house.




    Of course this story wouldn't be complete without some bad guys, in this instance a group who are set on stealing the Tinker family's powers and using them for their own gain, but can the combined powers of the Tinker's help to defeat the group?




    There was a big twist towards the end of the book that I didn't see coming and I thought it was extremely well done, and the end sets up well for the next book.




    A great start to a new series.




    I give this 3.5/5.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    **4 Stars** I received a copy of this book from the author for a

    **4 Stars**
    I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

    MY OVERVIEW: I really enjoyed this book. I love how the author did the good magic vs bad magic.

    PROS: Chase was a great character, but I think my favorite was Maxwell. :) The house was both a pro and a con for me. I really like how the different powers worked, and then integrated with the house so everyone could use them.

    CONS: I didn't like, however, how the house was first done. Chase and Andy getting to the kitchen was crazy what they had to go through, and it didn't really make any sense, especially once you learn how the house works.

    MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Wow! I did not see the twist at the end coming. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Awesome Story - Can't wait for the next!

    Malia Ann Haberman has a very unique and creative writing style. I would have to say that this particular book series would be a quite wonderful read for pre-teens and teenagers alike. While I am no longer a pre-teen, I, myself found that I could not step away from this story. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. This series reminded me a lot of the Inkheart series, as well as the Harry Potter series, with its action-packed pages and magical elements strung within. I would certainly read other books written by her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    Malia Ann Haberman may very well be the next J.K. Rowling. Remin

    Malia Ann Haberman may very well be the next J.K. Rowling. Reminiscent of Harry Potter, Chase Tinker and the House of Magic transports the reader into an incredible dreamlike mansion with magic occurring in every one of its ten turrets and 300+ rooms.

    Ever wanted to ride on a flying carpet, become invisible, or have the ability to walk through walls or swim through the air? How about travel back in time, read minds, or get rescued by a friendly whale--just as your nasty cousin tries to drown you? It all happens in the first volume of the Chase Tinker series. I can't wait to read the sequel!
    -- Author Carrie Cross

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book (from the Shut U

    DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book (from the Shut Up & Read / Read It & Reap group) in exchange for an honest review.



    Synopsis: For the past year, Chase Tinker's family has been struggling after the disappearance of their father. Mom has had to work two jobs to make ends meet, and Chase has not handled it well -- acting out and getting into trouble. Things begin to get weird when his younger brother, Andy, starts to exhibit strange abilities. Then a distant relative arrives, and the boys spend the summer finding out that there is more to their family than meets the eye. Along the way, we are introduced to other relatives, new friends (and dark enemies), and above all the House of Magic, where the hundreds of rooms and hallways take our young friends down paths of adventure and discovery, as well as giving them insights into their own strengths and weaknesses.



    Even though the intended audience for this book is younger than I, this book was an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to read. I found this book to be a clever weaving of magic, imagery, and pure imagination. Toss in some interesting plot twists (including one that I did not see coming) and some foreshadowing (that I'd very much like to see played out), and the stage is set for some really good storytelling.

    I look forward to the rest of the series

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    A great suspenseful teen read! This story was so fun to read, Ch

    A great suspenseful teen read!
    This story was so fun to read, Chase is a 13 year that has recently gained magic powers but misses his father, when a grandfather he never met soon shows up to take him to live in huge magical house where he learns more magic in every room! Along with others they soon find the truth about his father as well as others who want to take the magic away from the Tinker family! Well written with lots of twists to keep you guessing!

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Malia pens "Chase Tinker and the House of Magic" in a

    Malia pens "Chase Tinker and the House of Magic" in a fantasy plot that is very well written, very descriptive, flows smoothly and totally magickal. Her characters were very believable and lovable to the point where I was totally captivated by it all. Between the twists, turns and the cliffhanger at the end, it will keep you guessing and waiting for the next book in the series. And...if you head over to her website, she has a section of deleted scenes that you don't want to miss. A great book for middle school age and adults.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Things have been pretty crazy since Chase¿s dad went missing a y

    Things have been pretty crazy since Chase’s dad went missing a year ago. To make things worse, Chase Tinker doesn’t know why he and his brother have strange powers. Chase can move objects with his mind, and Andy can make objects stop moving or make them freeze in time. When their supposedly dead grandfather suddenly appears, the boys are a bit confused (as you can imagine). Their grandfather asks the boys to spend the summer with him so that they can learn to control their powers. Chase learns that the members of the Tinker family have magic powers given to them by a special Relic that is in the attic of his grandfather’s house. Things go from strange to worse because Chase also learns there is someone/thing out to steal the relic and the Tinker magic!

    This was an awesome story! The action was exciting. The story idea is fun. I really liked the description of the Tinker house (the house the boys go to stay with their grandfather in). Ms. Haberman’s writing style is great for middle-grade and young advanced readers. I thought Chase was a great main character, and I enjoyed reading about him. The story was a quick read for me and I liked it so much, I would have liked the story to be a bit longer. I would have loved to know more about the Tinker house and the Marlowe family (the bad guys). This is only because I liked it so much, not because the story wasn’t told all the way. There was one instance of “What the h***”?” which in a book meant for young kids, it shouldn’t be there.
    **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Great magical, mystery story. Chase and his brother Andy spend a

    Great magical, mystery story. Chase and his brother Andy spend a magical summer with their grandfather.The boys learn magical powers come at a cost. Are they willing to protect the family magic from the dark ones? This story makes me wish I had just one magical power. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series. This is a must read for any child or child at heart that loves magic.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    I need more!  What an exciting, magical adventure!  Chase Tinker

    I need more!  What an exciting, magical adventure!  Chase Tinker and the House of Magic is a fun book with creative surprises that kept me hooked to the end.  The character interactions and personalities really drew me in.  I like how the characters have reactions and opinions all their own.  They definitely act their age, which makes it fun for kids of all ages.  The setting is magical and fun.   The author's descriptions paint such vivid pictures-  just by reading you can step into the world of the Tinkers.  I love their magical house with the unusual powers of the various rooms and individuals.  I want to move in too!  Malia Ann Haberman  is such a clever author!  I can't wait for more!  

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