House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts [NOOK Book]

Overview

Since their last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved. Dahlia Kristoff (aka the Wind Witch) has been banished. And now the Walkers are . . . rich! The kids are at a new school, Bay Academy Prep, surrounded by the children of bankers and CEOs. But this change in their fortune hasn't brought them happiness. Brendan is having a hard time making friends. Cordelia's worried that her adventures in Denver Kristoff's books have warped her mind?and even her body. And ...

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House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts

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Overview

Since their last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved. Dahlia Kristoff (aka the Wind Witch) has been banished. And now the Walkers are . . . rich! The kids are at a new school, Bay Academy Prep, surrounded by the children of bankers and CEOs. But this change in their fortune hasn't brought them happiness. Brendan is having a hard time making friends. Cordelia's worried that her adventures in Denver Kristoff's books have warped her mind—and even her body. And Eleanor just wants things to go back to how they used to be.

But while the Walkers are dealing with their issues, Denver Kristoff is looking for his daughter, Dahlia, and no Walker will be safe until she is found. Summoning her to San Francisco will mean bringing all the danger that comes with her and putting the Walkers back in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Kristoff's books. Old enemies will make shocking choices and new friends will prove themselves as the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet. They'll learn that The Book of Doom and Desire isn't the only thing that can corrupt. And they'll be tested in ways that cut deeper than before, by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and each other.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–8—The action-packed adventures of the Walker siblings ramp up in this sequel. This time, the family travels to Ancient Rome, battles Nazis during World War II, and treks through the Himalayas.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “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”
Booklist
“[An] imaginative, fast-paced adventure that is sure to please fans.”
J.K. Rowling
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “A breakneck, jam-packed rollercoaster 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.”
ALA Booklist
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “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.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. While the Walkers appear to be living large with the $10,000,000 wished for by Eleanor at the end of their last adventure, their new life is neither happy nor stable. Brendan struggles to fit in at his new elite private school. Cordelia fits in fine—thrives even—but experiences strange symptoms (she always feels very cold, for instance), hinting at a threat left over from their first adventure. Eleanor misses the camaraderie and closeness among the siblings when they had to work together. Worst, their father's strange actions and decisions put their whole family at risk. But as the Wind Witch was banished and not eliminated, soon she returns and casts the children back into book worlds, still in pursuit of the magic book—but this time getting out will be harder. They end up tangling with gladiators, Nazis, cyborgs and more in a storyline that, despite its high levels of action, takes care to highlight the characters' inner turmoil. What does it mean to fit in? Is the book world preferable to their crumbling reality? The prose is occasionally jumpy and chaotic, but the content always entertains. This collaboration with Columbus is Vizzini's (1981-2013) final book; the future of the projected trilogy is unclear. A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062192523
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 36,496
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, Stepmom, and Mrs. Doubtfire. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum and The Help.


Ned Vizzini (1981-2013) began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At seventeen, he was asked to write a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and at nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naaah..., his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, was selected for the Today Show Book Club by Judy Blume. It's Kind of a Funny Story, a cult classic, was adapted into a 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis and named one of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels by National Public Radio. The Other Normals, his third novel, was a Junior Library Guild selection. He was the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. He wrote for the New Yorker and Salon. He also wrote for television, including MTV's hit show Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    FUN READ

    A kid's book, but I got a kick out of it just as I did the first one! For kids and kids at heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Good Adventure, Poorly Written

    This book has a good enough sense of adventure and change of social status, but thats no excuse how boring and monotonous the writting is. This is no other than another stereotypical "magical adventure" story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 14, 2014

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    Yo yo yo, my name isnt jo

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    I just bought it

    I just bought it right now

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