The House Where Nobody Lived

The House Where Nobody Lived

by Brad Strickland
     
 

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The lovable underdog Lewis Barnavelt and his best friend Rose Rita are at it again—investigating the curious (and possibly supernatural?) goings-on in their town of New Zebedee. They get more than they bargained for when a new family moves into the Hawaii House, one of the oddest-looking houses in town, and Lewis and Rose Rita are drawn into a mystery involving…  See more details below

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The lovable underdog Lewis Barnavelt and his best friend Rose Rita are at it again—investigating the curious (and possibly supernatural?) goings-on in their town of New Zebedee. They get more than they bargained for when a new family moves into the Hawaii House, one of the oddest-looking houses in town, and Lewis and Rose Rita are drawn into a mystery involving forces far beyond the shores of their imagination. Why are there strange drumbeats emanating from the top floor of the Hawaii House? And why is Lewis having dreams about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire?

Incorporating actual Hawaiian legends with a spine-tingling story of suspense, this is another great addition to the Bellairs canon.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Lewis Barnavelt, age eleven, and his pal Rose Rita Pottinger find an unusual abandoned house outside New Zebedee, Michigan. Spooked by drumming noises and ghostly images he encounters there, Lewis consults his Uncle Jonathan, a skilled sorcerer, who advises the children to avoid the Hawaii House because the house's first owner, Captain Abediah Chadwick, his Hawaiian wife, Princess Makalani, and their servants had mysteriously died there. Several years later, David Keller and his family move into the Hawaii House, unaware it is haunted. Concerned about his new classmate, Lewis tells Uncle Jonathan, who visits the Kellers with his wise maga neighbor, Mrs. Florence Zimmermann, to scan the house for malevolent spirits. Lewis, Rita, and Mrs. Zimmermann research Hawaiian legends, trying to find clues explaining who haunts the house and why. Uncle Jonathan helps the Kellers repair the house's plumbing and insulation so he can investigate further. An exhausted David reluctantly reveals to Rita strange occurrences in his house, interfering with his sleep. Armed with an amulet provided by Mrs. Zimmermann, Lewis spends a night in Hawaii House, experiencing its surreal nocturnal conditions and confronting hostile spirits. This well-paced story provides readers with a suspenseful page-turner. Robert Louis Stevenson's The Bottle Imp, illustrated by Jacqueline Mair, (1996) features another Hawaiian house and supernatural elements similar to this adventure in "A John Bellairs Mystery Featuring Lewis Barnavelt" series.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–7
In this adventure set in the 1950s, 11-year-old Lewis Barnavelt and his friend Rose Rita discover a peculiar-looking, empty house nestled in the woods near their hometown of New Zebedee, MI. Eerie sounds emanate from it, and Lewis is sure that he sees an army of ghosts marching nearby. His Uncle Jonathan explains that the Hawaii House was built long ago by a retired sea captain for his Hawaiian princess wife, and that all of its occupants mysteriously died in their sleep, and makes the children promise to stay away from it. The bulk of the story takes place a few years later, when David and his family move into the house, and Lewis must summon his inner boldness to help his new friend exorcise the evil spirits from his home. Filled with likable, kooky characters, this mystery is fast paced and funny. Lewis's Uncle Jonathan, a sorcerer, and their neighbor, eccentric Mrs. Zimmerman, a kindly witch, add a magical element that is sure to appeal to fantasy fans. Yet, the normalcy of the younger characters allows readers to relate to the protagonists and root for them the whole way through.
—Carly B. WiskoffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440678417
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/05/2006
Series:
Lewis Barnavelt
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
179 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Brad Strickland lives in Georgia.

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