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The House with a Clock in Its Walls
     

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

4.7 34
by John Bellairs, Edward Gorey (Illustrator)
 

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John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look.

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John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create? (School Library Journal, starred review)

ThereÆs suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set. (Booklist)

Brace yourself for a wild ride. (Kirkus Reviews)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142402573
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/05/2004
Series:
Lewis Barnavelt Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
186,785
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create? (School Library Journal, starred review)

There's suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set. (Booklist)

Brace yourself for a wild ride. (Kirkus Reviews)

Meet the Author

John Bellairs (1938-1991) was the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of many Gothic novels for middle-graders, including the novels starring Johnny Dixon and Lewis Barnavelt.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Fun little ghost story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simple easy read for kids to get them into liking books. It was the author that got me started in literature. Would suggest it to any parent to get for there child or to read themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my class. As soon as I started reading it I couldn't stop reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
christy_wooke More than 1 year ago
Great read. John Bellairs writes classic Gothic literature for children, and this Lewis Barnavelt series is my favorite of his
Guest More than 1 year ago
For are mystery book report we got the house with a clock in it's walls.It was veary good the begging was kind of boring but then at the end youll just keep on reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books! It is a mystery book that will surely be one of your favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, and all of the books in this series and by this author. John Bellairs is a marvel- he can write chilling tales that frighten you, but are at the same time historically accurate. All of his books are wonderful if you love a mystical mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that made me into a lifelong reader. It is geared for pre/early teen, but with a story line that made me feel like I was reading 'adult' mystery stories like my mom. They really bridge the gap between what I, at the time, thought of as baby books, and adult literature. I have re-read a lot of Bellairs over the years and still enjoy them just as much. And who could resist the Gorey illustrations. They were certainly a dynamic duo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a good choice for anyone (of all most any age) who likes suspence with a twist of mystic for the fun of a different kind of world to escape to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kept telling my mom i did not want to read the book because i thought that the book was scary! But when i read it, i couldn't put it down!!!!! This book is perfect for 11 year olds!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
House With The Clock in it's Walls was full of surprises and excitement. If I were to rate it 1 to 5. 5 being the best I would rate it 5. There wasn't one bad part in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really god. It has suspence and fright in it. I think it should of won an award. Some parts were stupid, other parts were really really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. It is a real great book. If you want to get spooked this is the book for you. I would recommend this book to kids that don't like doing book reports because this is the one and only time I actually like doing a book report. Just wait to you read it. I would tell you about it but I dont want to ruin your chance of reading a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that shows that some times kids will go to no limit to fit in. An enjoyable read that shows what cause and effect really mean. I would not read this book if you get spooked real easy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The House With the Clock in its Walls is awsome!! There is a car chase,there are witches fighting, magic, and some weird charecters like Hammerhandle, MissZimmerman and Selena. The two main charecters are Lewis and Jonathin.The House With the Clock in its Walls is the best ghost story/mystry book there is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really adventurous,with all the spooky magic,car chases,witch battles,people riaising people from the dead, and a strange ticking in the walls. I would read this book any time,any where,and I think you would too. Oh,one more thing I'll never forget this book,ever!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, if you like tense book's you'll really find The House with the clock in it's Walls a very cool book.It has car chasings and ticking in the walls!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a senior in high school now and I still remember reading this book. I read it in middle school and ended up buying a lot of this guy's books. There's another one, The Ghost in the Mirror *?* I think that is what it was called, you oughtta get that one too. :P OH, AND The Witches was another spooky great from my younger days. This is the BEST book ever to read to your kids. They'll LOVE it, guaranteed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that my teacher, Ms. Aycock has been reading to me. The funniest script was 'How dare you say such things to me.'. It was so funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bellairs is the best! The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a fantastic book, but all of his books have to be read! Bellairs is an absolute master of gothic stories with one of the best cast of characters I have ever come across. You'll be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you into the mind of a little boy who is just starting a new life but a life that is full of mystery and questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have read. I incorage you to read it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can still remember how much I loved this book when I was a child. Simply wonderful.