The Mansion in the Mist [NOOK Book]


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!

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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!

While spending the summer in an old house on a desolate Canadian island, Anthony Monday and Miss Eells discover a chest that can transport them to another world and a maniacal group who are plotting the destructon of people on Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Working as a library assistant in a sleepy town, Anthony Monday is having quite a different summer than he expected. While on vacation with his elderly friends Mrs. and Miss Eells the young man has discovered a passage into another dimension; the three are transported to an underworld by way of a magic chest. When they learn of a plot by the evil inhabitants to absorb humanity into their world, Anthony and his friends get a lot more excitement than they bargained for. Hampered by characters that do little but react predictably to their circumstances, the story must rely on its plot and concept for interest. While the notion of passage into another world is not new, the late Bellairs ( The Trolley to Yesterday ; The Secret of the Underground Room ) provides unique twists, as the characters must discover the keys to entry after their original passage is destroyed. Some readers will be caught up in the idea of inter-dimensional travel but others will feel, as these characters do, that they're just along for the ride and may not involve themselves along the way. Ages 10-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Jennifer Moore
When Anthony Monday goes to spend the summer with his friend Miss Eels and her brother, Emerson, he hopes for adventure. The adventure becomes more than he planned for when they find a mysterious trunk that allows the trio to travel to another dimension. This dimension is run by an evil group called the Autarchs, who plan to destroy the world as we know it. Anthony, Miss Eels and Emerson are the only ones who can stop the Aurtachs, but must risk their own lives in the process. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Anthony and his klutzy librarian friend, Miss Eells, plan to spend an uneventful summer with her brother Emerson in an isolated old cottage in Canada. Events quickly take a sinister turn when Anthony finds a mysterious old chest that turns out to be a doorway into a parallel world in which a mad group of beings are plotting the destruction of Earth. The key to their success is a magical object, the Logos cube. Unfortunately for the Autarchs, a former member of their society has realized their evil ways and hidden the cube. Anthony, Miss Eells, and Emerson experience a series of harrowing adventures as they explore the strange world of the Autarchs and search for the object so that they can save the Earth. The atmosphere throughout this adventuresome chiller is appropriately scary and the villains are certainly evil personified, but there are several loose ends. Readers never know why the Autarchs have so much interest in the Earth or why they want to destroy it. Their world is certainly a terrifying place, but its origins and purposes are never made clear. This story will attract Bellairs's fans, but it is not likely to win many new ones. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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)

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Anthony Monday is delighted when he is invited to spend a relaxing vacation in an old house on a desolate island, but is horrified when he finds a chest that can transport him to a terrible world where a maniacal group plots to destroy the people of the earth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101659748
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Series: Anthony Monday
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 237,721
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 886 KB

Meet the Author

John Anthony Bellairs (1938–1991) is an award-winning American author, perhaps best known for his fantasy novel The Face in the Frost. He is also the author of many gothic mystery novels for children and young adults, including The House with a Clock in its Walls (which received both the New York Times Outstanding Book of Award and the American Library Association Children's Books of International Interest Award), The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb (which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award), and The Specter from the Magician’s Museum (which won the New York Public Library "Best Books for the Teen Age" Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    ¿Mansion¿ Not a Miss

    This is Anthony Monday's fourth (and to date, last) adventure and sadly, Bellairs's last book. It was published posthumously in 1992. For the three prior adventures, the action took place in Monday¿s home of Minnesota. Here in ¿Mansion,¿ however, we are shown glimpses into another dimension where humanoids plot to takeover the Earth. In true Bellairs fashion the writing is just as enjoyable as before -- though the sudden and jerky left turn into ¿other dimension fantasy¿ can be a bit jarring for those who have been along for the ride since Anthony¿s debut in 1979 (¿The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn¿). That said, this is not a bad book. The characters are enjoyable as always and interact with strange wizards and magical talismans in settings that are be both cozy and chilling. Is this the first Bellairs book a new fan should read? No. Is this the author¿s best work? Not really, though it is sad not knowing what direction Bellairs was already driving toward when he died the year before. Until we ourselves get to another dimension and find Bellairs at his typewriter churning out new material, treasure each book he wrote and make it a point to read them all.

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