Walls Within Walls

Walls Within Walls

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by Maureen Sherry, Adam Stower
     
 

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After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

One day Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment. The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a

Overview

After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

One day Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment. The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a giant puzzle containing a mysterious book and hidden panels—a puzzle that, with some luck, courage, and brainpower, will lead to discovering the Post family fortune. Unraveling the mystery causes them to race through today's New York City—and to uncover some long-hidden secrets of the past.

Editorial Reviews

Blue Balliett
“An intriguing, exciting story about the secrets hidden in a familiar world.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The book has much of the enterprising spirit of old-fashioned series fiction about young sleuths from the HARDY BOYS to TRIXIE BELDEN.”
ALA Booklist
“Readers will get a real sense of the uniqueness that is New York City.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The book has much of the enterprising spirit of old-fashioned series fiction about young sleuths from the HARDY BOYS to TRIXIE BELDEN."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The book has much of the enterprising spirit of old-fashioned series fiction about young sleuths from the HARDY BOYS to TRIXIE BELDEN.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The book has much of the enterprising spirit of old-fashioned series fiction about young sleuths from the HARDY BOYS to TRIXIE BELDEN.”
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Anyone who loves puzzles or mysteries should appreciate this book about three children, newly moved toa posh old New York apartment, who explore the big city in search of a potential treasure. The Smithfork children, Brid CJ, and Patrick, have moved from their comfortable Brooklyn brownstone—complete with yard—to a fancy neighborhood in Manhattan in a historic building once known as the Post mansion, across from Central Park. Not only do the three dread the prospect of a new school in the Fall, but twelve-year-old CJ faces life without being part of a baseball team. To top it all off, their parents are so busy that they have hired a nanny, Marcel, to care for them. All changes for the better when rowdy play results in a broken metal grill, revealing a huge painted eye, part of a large mural and—wait!—is that writing painted on the picture? Eventually the trio discovers a library book with a due date of 1937. Does it contain clues to the rumored lost Post family fortune? As the three children pursue the clues they meet Lilly and Lukas, children Brid's and CJ's ages, who live on the other side of the building, along with a member of the Post family. The children begin the hunt for the Post fortune, will they be successful or walk into danger? Whom will they meet along the way? One thing is guaranteed: the children as well as the reader will learn a lot about the history and geography of the city. Stower's charming black and white illustrations add to the excitement. What a great book to banish a lazy afternoon case of boredom! Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old CJ, his nine-year-old sister Brid, and six-year-old Patrick Smithfork resent leaving Brooklyn for Manhattan, even though they are pleased that their dad's video-game company has struck it rich. Finding a wall, a painting, and a book behind a grille in their historical Fifth Avenue apartment, the children start to decipher clues that send them on an architectural treasure hunt. Their neighbor Eloise Post hopes that the hunt will reveal the whereabouts of her father's lost fortune from the 1930s. The man left a book of poems by Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others that lead to seven famous structures around the city. This debut novel is a breathtaking romp, focusing on the work of little-known master tile mason and architect Rafael Guastavino. Sherry's passion will make readers fall in love with New York and the poems that portray its many personalities. Full-page illustrations appear throughout. There is a majesty to the author's juxtaposition of monument and poem, although this grandeur masks some of the book's irregularities. The third-person perspective shifts in a way that distances readers from the main characters and impedes character development. Secondary figures are sometimes sketched lightly, although the implied sequel may develop them more fully. Similar to "The 39 Clues" (Scholastic) books or Michael D. Beil's "The Red Blazer Girls" (Knopf), this story incorporates many subplots but lacks a tidy narrative. Nevertheless, readers will relish being tourists on this treasure hunt, no matter what. Pick it up and watch for the sequel.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Myriad mysteries and long-lost treasure await the Smithfork children when they move from Brooklyn into an eccentric, historic apartment on the Upper East Side of New York City. Lonely and uncomfortable at first in this new environment, they find adventure behind the apartment walls, in secret passageways and in the nooks and crannies of their building as they make one remarkable discovery after another and meet a cast of fascinating neighbors. CJ, Brid and Patrick explore Manhattan from Harlem to Central Park to Ellis Island and get trapped in an abandoned subway station on their way to solving the clues that will lead them to a fabulous treasure trove and a happy ending. These children and their family dynamics are natural and engaging. The plot is well paced and completely believable, as Sherry deftly weaves fact and fiction in an intricate series of poetry and puzzles that challenge both characters and readers to look at the world with fresh eyes, humor and imagination. A delicious multilayered romp. (Magical adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061767036
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
80,647
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Maureen Sherry graduated with a BS from Cornell University and worked on Wall Street for twelve years. She went on to receive an MFA from Columbia University in nonfiction writing. Several years ago, she and her family moved into a historic apartment, where she found herself wondering about the family living there before them. She added to the history of the apartment by embedding, with the help of an architect, a mystery that would eventually be solved by her children. The apartment and her four children are the real-world inspiration for this book.

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Walls Within Walls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Although its one big mystery so if you dont like mysteries dont read it. I loved reading this book. It was always my first choice to read when i had free time. Definitly one of my favorites!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its about time someone wrote a book with history,puzzles,mystery,and treasure. I really liked it
Susan Zifchak More than 1 year ago
I loved it and found it very interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome mystery book.With a great adventure.Plus a fun book to read.I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it and was B-L-O-W-N A-W-A-Y! Loved it and read it in 2 1/2 days! Please write more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Olivia AKA Brid :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fascinating and enjoyable. A fun, well written adventure.
TK421trooper 3 months ago
1 walls within walls by: Maureen Sherry 2 You should read this book b/c if you like mysters books then you will like this one. It have hidden some funny parts it as some action 3 in the story walls within walls you meet CJ Brid Patrick . they find a astonishing secret about there apartment it had walls within walls 4 my favorit part is in chaptor 9 b/c they wanted to go out side to play with a ball but it was raining so they playes inside and brid went to get the ball and she dove and tiped over the couch and made a loud boom people down stares and came up to see what happnend and they said they took the ballroom to real 5 people who like mysters should read this b/c it is action pact a lot of clues and secrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever never whant to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its awesum read it in 1 and 1/2 days epic like hunger games
Anonymous 3 months ago
Walls within walls is a great book because it has a lot of thrilling moments during the middle of the story. Also it has a lot of puzzles and mysterious clues. My most favorit part in the story is when they were playing football in the ballroom because they were taking the ballroom to seriously because get it, ball----room. To read this you would want to read this amazing book if you like mysterys or somone who likes long books. It’s a great book so you should read the book.
LeviTate 3 months ago
3 kids CJ, Brid and Patrick are trying to solve a vey hard mystery. But the 3 kids if they have brainpower ,some luck and courage they can solve it . I think the authors message is don’t give up on things.
Teacher5th 4 months ago
This book is entertaining and engaging for young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bruh you have to read thus buok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She still had her eyes closed unaware of the tom. (Can you find some other toms too. Either that or be really active.) She opened her eyes then got up got some vines for tying her upd directions to a dark cave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curls up crying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im just heart broken
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day three kids discover a hidden eye behind a wall. This finding leads them to discover many secrets hidden in a familar world, but it also leads to danger.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING and the fact that it's a blue bonnet nomanee (a Texas award) makes it even better! I give five stars to this wounderful book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do' wa' right reveiw shhoot ne now great book though loved the characters and plot