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John Bellairs (1938–1991)

Autor(a) de The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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About the Author

John Bellairs was born in Marshall, Michigan on January 17, 1938. He attended Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was a teacher. He went on to author fifteen graphic novels for young adults, one fantasy book "The Face in the Frost," and two other mostrar mais books. His works have been nominated for several awards in the past. Among those nominated for, he won the Utah Children's Fiction Book Award in 1981 for "The Letter, the Witch and the Ring" and the New York Times Outstanding Books of 1973 Award for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls." Bellairs died of cardiovascular disease, on March 8, 1991. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por John Bellairs

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973) — Autor — 2,412 exemplares
The Figure in the Shadows (1975) 793 exemplares
The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983) 754 exemplares
The Face in the Frost (1969) 708 exemplares
The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (1983) 506 exemplares
The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull (1984) 482 exemplares
The Trolley to Yesterday (1989) 441 exemplares
The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (1978) 389 exemplares
The Dark Secret of Weatherend (1984) 349 exemplares
The Ghost in the Mirror (1993) — Autor — 349 exemplares
The Chessmen of Doom (1989) 348 exemplares
The Eyes of the Killer Robot (1986) 337 exemplares
The Mansion in the Mist (1992) 335 exemplares
The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost (1985) 316 exemplares
The Secret of the Underground Room (1990) 301 exemplares
The Lamp From the Warlock's Tomb (1988) 295 exemplares
The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder (1993) 246 exemplares
The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (1994) 212 exemplares
The Doom of the Haunted Opera (1995) 179 exemplares
The Pedant and the Shuffly (1968) 66 exemplares
St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies (1966) 58 exemplares
Magic Mirrors (1966) — Autor — 51 exemplares
The Gargoyle in the Dump (2015) 9 exemplares

Associated Works

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (1997) — Contribuidor, algumas edições198 exemplares
The Specter From the Magician's Museum (Lewis Barnavelt) (1998) — Autor, algumas edições152 exemplares
The Hand of the Necromancer (1996) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
The Tower at the End of the World (2001)algumas edições107 exemplares
The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge (2000) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (1999) — Contribuidor, algumas edições96 exemplares
The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost (2003) — Contribuidor, algumas edições83 exemplares
The House Where Nobody Lived (2006)algumas edições75 exemplares
The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (2008)algumas edições61 exemplares


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A little too heavy on the religion this time around with Johnny Dixon's priest friend doling out Catholic voodoo against a vengeful ghost but still a fun read even if you forget to say your prayers.
NurseBob | 7 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2023 |
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a delightful read for middle graders.

Last year I finally got to see the film adaptation and I was blown away! I had so much fun with the legendary tale that was packed full of colour and imagination. Naturally, I wanted to give the book a go to see where the adaptation came from. Lucky my found this book on accident, and ever since I've been staring at it on my shelf. I finally picked the book up, and it was a nice, little binge read for me!

This book is fantastical. It is littered with magic, wizards, witches and friendship, giving it just enough 'umph' to keep the reader glued and enchanted. Lewis is a kid we can all relate to. He does have a tragic back story with the loss of his parents, but he just wants to be friendly and fit in. Lewis isn't amazing at sports, but he tries! He's kind of awkward, but he's super curious. This young boy wants to learn magic and have fun with his family. He works hard to impress others to gain their friendship, but it turns out when he's just being himself and meets the right people, everything falls into place.

Uncle Johnathan and Mrs. Zimmerman are kooky, spooky and filled with fun. They bring an Addams Family friendly vibe to a spooky middle grade tale. Uncle Johnathan is a wizard. He's not the most powerful, but he's fun and eccentric in all the best ways! He's a caring figure who does his best to help Lewis. He's not mean, but he can be strict. Uncle Johnathan never comes off as cruel, instead he seems like the guardian Lewis needs after such an incredibly sudden loss. Mrs. Zimmerman is Uncle Johnathan's friend, and she's a mighty great witch. She's not scary either. Instead, she's wickedly smart and always down for a great ride or game. The two together make for a fabulous set of guardians to help Lewis grow and learn. You don't see that too often in middle grade and young adult books, so extra applause here please.

Lewis gets himself into a little trouble when he starts investigating the death of the former owner of Uncle Johnathan's house. This house is mighty special, like the title suggests. There seems to be a clock in it's walls! But why? Lewis goes on investigating, and starts more trouble than you could ever imagine... But don't worry, with Lewis, Uncle Johnathan and Mrs. Zimmerman, there will definitely be a way to sort out the mischief! They make one great team.

This book isn't scary in the sense of flesh, gore or blood. It's mighty friendly! It's spooky due to the mysteries, twists and turns that the book does and can take. You don't know for sure what is happening until you start unravelling the mystery.

I applaud John Bellairs. This book was mighty fun and not scary. Middle graders deserve spooky and fun books! I highly recommend this book for a introduction to the land of spooky, creepy, crawly and kooky!

Four out of five stars.
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Briars_Reviews | 74 outras críticas | Aug 4, 2023 |
Lewis conveniently forgets what he learned in the first book, so that he can unleash an evil spirit. This time he has a new friend though, Rose Rita, to save his ass.
LynnMPK | 16 outras críticas | Jul 7, 2023 |
A chubby, awkward kid that likes to read, and uses what he learns from books to triumph over evil.
LynnMPK | 74 outras críticas | Jul 7, 2023 |


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Richard Egielski Illustrator
Edward Gorey Illustrator, Cover artist
Mercer Mayer Illustrator
Bruce Coville Introduction
Omar Rayyan Illustrator
David K. Stone Cover artist
Marilyn Fitschen Illustrator
Bart Goldman Cover artist
Nikou Tridon Translator
David K. Stone Cover artist
Hope Forstenzer Cover designer
Rowena Morrill Cover artist
Carl Lundgren Cover artist
Louise Brierley Cover artist
Judith Gwyn Brown Illustrator
Gavin Morris Cover designer
James Sarfati Cover designer
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