Deep within High Manners Manor, Billy and his skeleton parents live in the Secrets Closet, where they're in charge of filing all the secrets and lies of the unscrupulous Biglum family. Then Billy meets Millicent, Sir Biglum's niece who has been recently orphaned. Together, Billy and Millicent encounter ghosts and other uncanny creatures as they explore each other's worlds and uncover the biggest secret of all: Billy was once a Biglum.
Chris Lincoln has created a richly imaginative, highly original world. In this spooky adventure in the tradition of filmmaker Tim Burton, friendships bloom, betrayals linger, schemes entangle - and heroism appears in the most unexpected places.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Sold by:||Hachette Digital, Inc.|
|File size:||3 MB|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Christopher Lincoln graduated from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and spent nearly a decade working as an animator. He credits animation for teaching him how to write, because an animator must learn how to inhabit a character's body and move him in a world of his own. This is his first book for young readers. His website is www.chrislincoln.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love your Billy Bones book. Can you make some more Billy Bones books?
i couldnt put the book down! its an amazing book for anyone who likes to know what truly goes on in their closets that they dont know about
my son loved this book getting ready to read the next one.
BOO! Welcome to the wacky world of the Afterlife in this fantastic debut chapter book from MN Author Christopher Lincoln.
Every family has "skeletons" in their closet, but the Biglum family has a Family of Skeletons (Billy Bones and his parents, Lars and Decette Bones) tucked away in the Secrets Closet at High Manners Mansion. The Bones family guards the locked chests full of all the nasty secrets of the mansion's inhabitants. A young girl by the name of Millicent moves into the mansion and befriends Billy. Millicent's parents recently died, so she was sent to live with her Uncle, Sir Barkley Biglum. He more or less banishes her up to an attic bedroom and has Housekeeper Ms. Primly assign her kitchen duty etc. to earn her keep. When Billy's Uncle Grim (aka the Grim Reaper) shows up for Billy . . . unexpected, unexplainable events take place and huge changes are about to happen to all the residents of High Manners Mansion, alive OR dead! Can you guess what the events are? You will just have to read this terrific book to find out what happens to Billy, Millicent and all the others that dwell in the life of the living and the life of the Afterlife -- all under one roof at High Manners Mansion. Be prepared for plenty of ghosts, skeletons, visions, Oculus, manifestations, specters, et al. And just for good measure, Chris even threw in a pirate and his parrot!
I give this book a high five, and five stars for being such a page-turner with a very unique and twisting plot. I never knew what to expect next, and was almost breathless to the very end of this book! If you like spooky things that are just spooky enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you! I highly recommend this for any age group of children that might be considered reluctant readers even ¿ they won't be able to put this book down ¿ their curiosity as to what happens next will get them! Awesome job, Chris! And, there will be a sequel I am told ¿ I can hardly wait!
Billy Bones is a skeleton living in the skeleton's closet of High Manners Manor, home of the obsessively greedy Sir Barkley Braggety Biglum VI. Billy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bones, file and maintain all household secrets. Allowing a secret to escape can be explosive! Billy can't wait till he's trusted to begin training to become a secret's keeper himself. What he doesn't know is that some of those closely guarded secrets are his own.
After the death of her parents, Sir Biglum's niece, Millicent, must move to High Manners Manor, and is forced to live upstairs in the attic. But she is not totally alone. She is visited often by her parents, ghosts from the Afterlife. She is also closely watched by the housekeeper, Miss Hester Primly, who is not a ghost or a skeleton, but is infinitely more frightening.
Millicent, a natural explorer, finds that there are secret passages in the mansion and, as a result, learns she's not the only person living upstairs. Both Millicent and her newfound friend have the uncommon ability to see ghosts. It's not long before Millicent stumbles upon the secrets closet and meets the Bones family.
The secrets in the closet are piling up. The Bones have signed for an unauthorized shipment for Millicent, that has nothing to do with secrets, and which clearly violates rules of the Afterlife. Commissioner Pickerel, from the Investigative Branch of the Righteousness Department, pays them a visit and forces them through a glowing portal to the afterlife.
Without Mr. and Mrs. Bones to keep the mounting secrets organized, filed, and locked away, generations of Biglum secrets begin exploding at an alarming rate. Just as lies pile upon lies, one secret revealed, reveals another, and another. It's up to Billy and Millicent to discover the real truth of High Manners Manor.
BILLY BONES is a delightful, playful book. Christopher Lincoln's creativity is astounding and his knack for description is enviable. I completely enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who's ever wished they could meet a pirate, scare a ghost, or...shhh...tell a secret.