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The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost
     

The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost

by Brad Strickland
 

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Lewis Barnavelt is back and this time he has stumbled upon something more powerful than even his imagination can dream up. A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to an old grave and a mysterious, magical whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys who insist upon bullying him, he is left with a tough decision. Does

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Lewis Barnavelt is back and this time he has stumbled upon something more powerful than even his imagination can dream up. A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to an old grave and a mysterious, magical whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys who insist upon bullying him, he is left with a tough decision. Does he continue to use the whistle, which he suspects might not be fully safe? Is Lewis strong enough to face the potent spirit that he is unknowingly summoning?

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Children's Literature
Lewis's camping trip is anything but fun. Billy and Stan tease and harass him and even rip Lewis's tent so that it crashes around him. Near a unique stone in the woods, Lewis finds a whistle and it mysteriously appears again when the bullies catch him in an alley. He blows a loud piercing note and the two boys run off. Again when Billy and Stan catch Lewis alone, he finds the whistle in his pocket. As he blows, a ghost-like serpent appears and strikes both boys in the chest. They are hospitalized with an unknown anemia disease. Because the specter helped Lewis, he is slowly coming under its spell. Its goal is to take over Lewis's body and exchange his life for its own. Will Lewis escape in time or be consumed by the serpent vampire? At night, the ghost lures him out, "Come with me." His uncle, Jonathon, and friend, Mrs. Zimmerman, research the ancient monster and discover that if Lewis blows the whistle a third time, he will be completely under its spell, but they must use Lewis to draw the monster out and forever bury it under the stone. Brad Strickland has continued the series that John Bellairs started using the same quirky characters, adventure, and magic. 2003, Dial Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 10 to 14.
— Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-While on a Boy Scout camping trip, Lewis Barnavelt discovers a silver whistle with a strange inscription and a large rock with the words, "Hic Iacet Lamia," Here Lies-. Lewis takes the whistle to his friend Rose Rita and together they translate its inscription, "Whistle and I shall come," and the word "Lamia," vampire witch. Suddenly Lewis discovers that the instrument appears just when he needs it the most, to scare the town bullies. However, the boy no longer feels like himself, and it takes the magic of his uncle, Mrs. Zimmerman, and Father Foley to save Lewis's soul from eternal damnation. Once again, Strickland has produced a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The action is fast paced and the characters are well developed. A riveting addition to the series started by John Bellairs.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440651038
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Series:
Lewis Barnavelt
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
298 KB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

  Brad Strickland is the author (or co-author) of over 60 novels and over 60 pieces of short fiction and poetry.

After the death of John Bellairs, Brad was asked to complete the two of Bellair’s unfinished books The Ghost in the Mirror and The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder. He went on to write The Drum, the Doll and the Zombie and The Doom of the Haunted Opera. Beginning in 1996, Strickland has kept Bellairs' legacy alive by writing the further adventures of Johnny Dixon and Lewis Barnavelt. Books in the corpus include The Hand of the NecromancerThe Tower at the End of the WorldThe House Where Nobody Lived and The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer.

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