The House in Windward Leaves

The House in Windward Leaves

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by Katherine L. Holmes
Wayward Sadie leads her friends to the murals of the painter Mistral. There, they are transported to a star where their Halloween costumes become real.

As Fortuneteller, Sadie only has to look in her crystal ball to help the others with their dream identities. Her friend Candy has become the Homecoming Queen. Her brother is a zebra and the neighbor boy is a


Wayward Sadie leads her friends to the murals of the painter Mistral. There, they are transported to a star where their Halloween costumes become real.

As Fortuneteller, Sadie only has to look in her crystal ball to help the others with their dream identities. Her friend Candy has become the Homecoming Queen. Her brother is a zebra and the neighbor boy is a musician in the star band. Other children in Sadie's grade school make up a bizarre community of star people who have also become enchanted.

The hunt for a star-of-sapphire necklace takes up the latter chapters of this madcap fantasy.

Editorial Reviews

Shannon Yarbrough
A Spook-tacular Tale for Kids - That Isn't Too Scary!
The House in Windward a perfect Halloween tale for kids who love to dress up or who have lively imaginations. Parents will appreciate the special lessons hidden in the story to encourage individuality and imagination...Overall this is a great holiday read that captures the season and the magic of Halloween perfectly! - The LL Book Review
James A. Cox
When fantasy becomes reality, everything grows quite confusing. "The House in Windward Leaves" tells the story of a mural making a group of children's Halloween costumes turn real. Sadie must assist her friends in this world of fantasy to embrace their dreams yet still somehow get home through it all. "The House in Windward Leaves" is a thrilling tale of young adult fiction, highly recommended. - The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

Couchgrass Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine L. Holmes began writing novels for children after she was a winner of The Loft's Children's Literature Prize. Her historical novel, The Swan Bonnet, has a gold medal at where it reached the HarperCollins Editor's Desk. In 2012, her short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, was published by Hollywood Books International. Katherine lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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The House in Windward Leaves 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
Every child I know spends months deciding on the perfect Halloween costume. It's the one day they get to pretend to be who (or what) they imagine they would really like to be. Wouldn't it be fun, though, if instead of just dressing up, each child could actually become who (or what) they are dressed as? Well, that's exactly what happens in this little book. I'd say 'The House in Windward Leaves' would be appropriate for children in grade two and older. The perfect age to enjoy a story about kids who go to a magical costume party - on a star, no less. Once at this party the children become who they are dressed as, and they forget who they really are. Is the fantasy better than reality? Or should the children remember and go home? I thought the author kind of shortchanged the pre- and post-party action and development. The focus is totally on the party. This makes sense for a children's book, I suppose, but I would have liked more build up before the party. OK, maybe not more so much as better. The set up seemed 'glossed over' to me. Just something to get through in order to start the party. The party itself was fun. The interaction between the characters was well done as was the 'magic' that permeated the star. The fortuneteller was my favorite character - I dressed up as one more than once when I was younger - I loved her crystal ball and the things she 'saw'. The climax of the party comes in the guise of a scavenger hunt which brings adventure and suspense to the story. If you have kids who enjoy fun and fantasy in their books, this may be just the story for them.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes is a whimsical book written for children that even adults will enjoy reading. The story revolves around Sadie, seven of her friends and the upcoming Halloween night. Their main concern, besides their costumes, is the house down the street and the strange man who lives there with his cat. One cannot see inside the windows because they are covered with leaves, but they know he is up to something as he keeps buying paint by the gallons. Halloween night arrives, and as they are all dressed up, one finds quite an assortment from fortune tellers to cheerleaders and even a zebra. Approaching the strange house, the children are about to get the surprise of their life. Pushing on the door, they enter into the most lavish Halloween party they have ever seen. Here everybody is now the person or thing they had dressed up to be, from George Washington, to Paul Revere, right down to the fortune teller, cheerleader and, yes, the zebra. This is an ideal book for children from 4th to 6th grade. I feel the book could also be read to younger children if one uses emphasis as they read to bring the story to life. I loved each of the characters in this book. They all have their little quirks and just seem to stand out separate from each other. This is an Alice in Wonderland type book that I feel girls will really get into and, yes, maybe some boys. One cannot help but laugh at the adventures and antics of Sadie and her friends along with the great cast of characters at the party. The book is well written with a great plot to it for being a children's book. It's ideal for any child's home library.
JT_Kalnay More than 1 year ago
It's Hallowe'en and Sadie and her grade school friends are excited and nervous to go trick-or-treating at the mysterious painted house at the edge of town. A benevolent but mystical Mistral throws a party reminiscent of the friendly portions of Alice in Wonderland. Regular grade school kids are glamored into whimsical characters who ultimately participate in a fanciful riddle-filled treasure hunt involving leprechauns, trolls, and unicorns. Having enjoyed this story myself I will now proceed to read it to my grade school aged nieces one chapter at a time as their bedtime story. I will remind them, as the story advises, to always remember who they are... JT Kalnay Author of Mina's Eyes and The Pattern.
SarahRenee More than 1 year ago
The House in Windward Leaves follows the stories of several young children who dress up for Halloween and end up being transformed into their own costumes. While out trick-or-treating, they come across a mysterious house where they find a whole other world. Sadie, who feels unpopular among her friends, becomes the fascinating Fortuneteller in this strange new world. Candy becomes a glamorous Homecoming Queen, Gretchen becomes a kind Priest, Tim becomes a zebra who longs for speed, Roger becomes George Washington, Ben becomes a shy trumpeter, and Rosemary becomes a quiet patient. In this new world, they are joined by other strange characters and led on exciting adventures. I loved the way each character had their own distinct personality. I also found myself laughing out loud at the humor in the story and enjoying the adventures as if I had stepped into the other world with Sadie and her friends. The adventures, the humor, and the diverse personalities of the characters made me reluctant to put it down. The author has created an amazing new world, and I think that many young readers would both enjoy the story and be able to relate to the characters. This was a very exciting and engaging book that I think young readers would love!
Nightdream More than 1 year ago
The man with the mysteries. I bet everyone has thought they had a crazy neighbor or one who kept to themselves. In Katherine's The House in Windward Leaves, Sadie and some of her friends go out on Halloween and visit the man with the mysteries, the man who paints, rides a bike, and dresses in all black. Of course, no one was home, but the man's cat comes by and leads all of them into a house that doesn't quite seem normal. If you are a kid, you must get this book. If you love Halloween, you must get this book. It's a well-written story with wonderful themes and great little chuckles. I know it's hard to buy a book that you know little about, but sometimes you just need to go in blindly. That's how you discover wonders.
Neville-Kent More than 1 year ago
The House in Windward Leaves. by Katherine L. Holmes. Hi Katherine, well you have done it again...written a lovely book. Following the 'Swan Bonnet' this book shows your true ability as a writer. 'The House in Windward Leaves' is a fascinating children's story. It starts off very well with the interesting, Mistral and all that paint...not forgetting the cat on a lead. Excellent description and intrigue, will thrill many youngsters as they turn the pages...great writing!! Didn't find anything negative to say about this's so very well written. Wishing you the best , Katherine. Kind regards, Neville Kent (Author). THE SECRETS OF THE FOREST - THE TIME ZONE.