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Spellbound (Books of Elsewhere Series #2)

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The mysteries grow deeper and the secrets darker in the second volume of the New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

With no way into the McMartin house's magical paintings and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door mentions a grimoire?a spellbook?Olive sees a glint of hope. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe...

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Overview

The mysteries grow deeper and the secrets darker in the second volume of the New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

With no way into the McMartin house's magical paintings and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door mentions a grimoire—a spellbook—Olive sees a glint of hope. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first.

The house isn't the only one keeping secrets anymore. You'll never guess what happens next in this thrilling, chilling fantasy series, perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap.

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Olive has good reason to be frantic: Her friend Morton is trapped inside Elsewhere and nobody (in this case, the three guardian cats) seems willing or able to help. Things brighten suddenly for our ever-intrepid adventurer when super-weird neighbor Rutherford mentions a McMartins' family spell-book. Could this powerful device provide Morton's escape route from the magical paintings or will it bring new danger? A thrilling, mysterious series lightly sprinkled with humor. This series has been described as "beautifully written, deliciously scary."

Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Middle grade writing as it should be.”
MonstersandCritics.com
“A delightful tale filled with magic, adventure, danger and . . . [the] challenges of growing up.”
Examiner.com
“As Harry Potter fever takes over . . .The Books of Elsewhere is a great series for young readers who are interested in the world of spells, witches, potions and magic—plenty of fun, action and thrills.”
New Richmond News
The Books of Elsewhere just blew me away.”
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Olive Dunwoody lives in a very strange house and with rather absent-minded parents and with some talking cats. Olive has an old pair of spectacles that take her inside paintings that reside in this house. Her cats, Harvey, Leopold and Horatio, talk to her and she understands them. As the summer ends, Olive finds Leopold guarding a trapdoor in the basement; Harvey begins his own mission as a secret agent and Horatio is missing which is not a good sign. Harvey is actually spying on a strange neighborhood boy named Rutherford Dewey. Olive does not like that Rutherford seems to know about her enchanted cats or the strange house. Rutherford asks if a book of spells exists; Olive takes on the mission to find the book. She gets Horatio to take her to Morton who lives inside one of the paintings; perhaps Morton knows where the book is. Morton cannot help her with the book but he does seem to know the Dewey family. This connection becomes more important as Olive and Rutherford work together to help retrieve the spellbook and the magic spectacles. Rutherford's grandmother is actually a good witch and the neighbor, Mrs. Nivens is really Morton's sister Lucinda. Perhaps knowledge of the first "Elsewhere" book would enhance Olive's second adventure; it is hard to tell. This fantasy has many good things for middle school readers that want a spunky heroine who lives in an enchanted house. Unfortunately Harvey's humor and Olive's irritation with Rutherford goes on too long; this second installment reads slowly without having read the first adventure. Fans of the first book and those that can be patient with Olive would enjoy this and look forward to a third one as Annabel McMartin remains at large. "Books of Elsewhere," Volume 2. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This sequel to The Shadows (Dial, 2010) picks up with Olive Dunwoody still trying to discover the many secrets hidden in the old Victorian house she and her parents have moved into. She has her dependable sidekicks, three lively talking cats that manage to keep her from hurting herself when she is possessed by the spirit of the mysterious book that she discovers. She realizes that she could use it to release Morton, a boy who has been imprisoned in a painting for many years by the house's former owners. Olive comes to the shocking realization that the spellbook has forced her to do various deeds while she has been sleeping. This realization is brought to a head when one of her cat protectors manages to wake up her up just before she jumps to her death. Has she not only put her life in jeopardy but also any chance of saving Morton? Who has directed the spellbook to possess Olive and why? These questions and many more will keep young readers engaged as the mystery unfolds. Olive matures in the story; her emotions, including remorse, are genuinely portrayed, and relationships with the cats and with her quirky neighbor, Rutherford, ring true. Some chapters drag a little but overall this is a suspenseful read that leaves plenty of room for the next title in the series. While it stands on its own, it will be enjoyed most by readers familiar with the first book. Occasional full-page, black-and-white drawings are appropriately dark and mysterious.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
Kirkus Reviews

The second installment of The Books of Elsewhere (The Shadows, 2010) is a by-the-book fantasy follow-up.

Olive has yet to find a solution to the last plot thread left over from the first volume—Morton is trapped, unable to rejoin the world outside of the McMartins' enchanted paintings. Meanwhile, the Linden Street setting is enriched through greater focus on Olive's neighbors, especially new kid Rutherford Dewey. When Olive inexplicitly blurts out the McMartin family's magical secret to Rutherford, he educates her on witches' grimoires. Olive is sure that Aldous McMartin's spellbook holds the key to helping Morton, despite her suspicions about Rutherford—he seems to know too much—and the fact that she'd be playing with an evil wizard's spellbook. The ancient McMartin grimoire is as old as the plot device of the untrustworthy magical object. Furthermore, Olive often acts as a slave to plot contrivances rather than as a character. The characters do not trust each other enough to communicate basic information, leading to arbitrary misunderstandings cleared up just in time for a climax that resolves little. Fortunately, zany cat Harvey's multiple characters and Rutherford's set of quirks help pull the story out of Olive's pace-slowing introspection.

Definitely the middle of the story, designed to set up further conflicts and sequels for readers already invested in the series. (Fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142421024
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/24/2012
  • Series: Books of Elsewhere Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 33,993
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    AWESOME BOOKS!

    I love the series i got a paper back book when i went to my school book fair! I got the shadows and then i got my nook and got the second book, spellbound. Cant wait for july 5th so i can get the third book, the secret spy. I already pre-ordered it!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Fabulous suspense and humor, especially for readers grades 3-8!

    This was wonderful! This second installment in the Books of Elsewhere series is yet another great mix of humor, insight, and suspense from Jacqueline West. Once I hit Chapter 10, I honestly could not put the book down again until I had finished it. It will be difficult to wait until the summer of 2012 to find out what happens in book #3!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

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    The second Books of Elsewhere is a tense thriller

    A few weeks ago eleven year old Olive Dunwoody and her absent minded mathematician parents moved into the creepy Victorian mansion of the late McMartin. Soon afterward, Olive managed to break the magic eyeglass frames of Aldous McMartin and bury the evil painting of Annabelle McMartin.

    However, she has yet to rescue her friend Morton from his being a painting instead of a person. The tweener has not given up so accompanied by the three cats (Harvey, Horatio and Leopold) she diligently seeks clue to liberate Morton. Also joining Olive and her felines is the neighbor's boy Rutherford Dewey as she searches for the McMartin Book of Spells.

    The second Books of Elsewhere is a tense thriller in which evil waits in The Shadows to pounce on the innocent. Olive is a great tweener as she holds the haunted mansion story line together with the capable assistance of the three feisty felines. Middle school readers will enjoy accompanying Olive and her retinue as they search for the tome that will free her friend while the malevolent mysterious McMartin brood try to prevent her.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Megan

    One of the best series I've ever read! I'm going into 5th grade and I hope I can tell all of my friends about this amazing series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    I loved it

    I read your first book and it is absolutly fabulous! I read it in 4th grade and im now going into 5th grade and im starting to read your 2nd. I hope it's good!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    The Elsewhere series is what I recomend

    The Elsewhere series is what I recomend for ages 7 to 17. If you like action and mystery books this is the one for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Fantastic!!!!!

    I have only heard of the first and second book but i know there great. If you were thinking of getting this book and have not read the first book look up the books of elswhere the shadows because thats the first book. If you are the kind of person who likes suspence and adventure you will love these books,trust me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Exciting

    We just started this one (my 9year old daughter and I) and we are already captivated just as we were with first book in the series, Shadows. She made an amazing book report project on Shadows, and I am sure she will do one on Spellbound as well. I LOVE THAT SHE IS EXCITED TO READ NOW!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Love it

    Its a must read for ages 7 - 14

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Very well written,a book that can be enjoyed over and over again. What's best is the audio version. Loved it!
    You don't have to be a cat lover to love Spellbound book 2.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    i hope l will love this book!!!!!"

    i read the first it was amazing. it also has a bluestem award!!! i read it as a school project and couldnt stop reading

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    ZendayaColeman Fan

    Super book. The first one and what ive read of it final one are better but its good!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Star

    I love this series !!! I want them to make more books. Plus i love leopold

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Love

    I wouldnt recommend this book to little kids including the ages of 0-9or10 because in some parts is creepy or scary ut i think this book is really good. Another good book series are The books of Umber.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    I absolutley LOVE this series

    I love these books!!!!!!
    I would toataly give it ten stars if possible

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Very good

    Read the 1st one before you read this one

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Great

    Perfect

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Loved the 1st 1

    Im preety sure annabale comes bak

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    I have not read it yet so how long is it?

    What i said on the head line

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Love

    Loved it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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