The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer [NOOK Book]


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The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

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Gr 4-7

Strickland continues to add to Lewis Barnavelt's adventures, originally created by John Bellairs. School's out and it's the beginning of summer in 1950s New Zebedee, MI. Uncle Jonathan has given a party, complete with a spectacular magic show, for Lewis and his friends. Then Lewis sees a ghostly figure dressed in red robes disappearing behind the garage, and sinister things begin to happen. The boy becomes fascinated with the "rule of threes," and soon he is knocked out by a foul ball, sprains his ankle, and loses his allowance. But the real troubles, which threaten his uncle's magic and life, arrive when Jonathan's cane and magic disappear. The usual cast of characters is joined by a new, slightly nervous character, Hal Everit. For readers who enjoy trying to solve the mystery as they read, there are abundant clues including an anagram. A quick, exciting read.-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440641374
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/16/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 960,814
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 193 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    This is an entertaining middle school historical thriller

    In the mid 1950s in New Zebedec, Michigan young orphan Lewis Barnavelt lives with his Uncle Jonathan, a wizard who can perform illusions. Recently, Lewis has become interested in information pertaining to the magical Rule of Three that his Uncle claims is an obsolete theory, but next door neighbor the powerful witch (and great cook) Mrs. Zimmerman insists some mages believed in threesomes to embellish exponentially the power.------------ While watching his friends play baseball, Lewis is distracted by newcomer Hal Everit when his best friend Rose Rita Pottinger warns him to watch out a foul ball hits him in the face. Just before it struck him, Lewis noticed a hooded robed individual watching him. Although he suffers two black eyes, overall Lewis is okay. A few days later, Jonathan gives him his allowance of five silver dollars, but on his way to the movies with Rose Rita and joined at the theater by Hal, he realizes he lost his money due to a hole in his pocket. The next morning, he smells Mrs. Zimmerman cooking breakfast so he runs down the steps, but trips and injures his leg. Lewis thinks a powerful wizard is trying to harm him as he believes he suffered an attack based on the Rule of Three. Jonathan thinks otherwise and besides the trio of assaults already occurred but he soon revises his opinion based on a message in a mirror he believes he and his nephew are under magical siege and he thinks he knows who the culprit is.------------- This is an entertaining middle school historical thriller with some fantasy and suspense elements enhancing the tale. Young readers will enjoy Lewis¿ summer vacation as he begins to believe THE SIGN OF THE SINISTER SORCERER has him under siege.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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