Spellbound (Books of Elsewhere Series #2)

Spellbound (Books of Elsewhere Series #2)

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by Jacqueline West
     
 

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With no way into the 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 feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere… See more details below

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With no way into the 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 feels a breathless tug of excitement. 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. Mystery, magic, corruption, and betrayal abound (plus just enough laughs to take the edge off). You'll never guess what happens next in this thrilling, chilling second volume in the critically acclaimed series.

Editorial Reviews

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“Middle grade writing as it should be.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A suspenseful read that leaves plenty of room for the next title in the series.” — School Library Journal

“A delightful tale filled with magic, adventure, danger and . . . [the] challenges of growing up.” — MonstersandCritics.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.” — Examiner.com

The Books of Elsewhere just blew me away.” — New Richmond News

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:
9781101517017
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Series:
Books of Elsewhere Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
103,050
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

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