Grade 5-8-Something about Wilder Creek Bridge troubles Lewis Barnavelt, and he enlists the help of his friend Rose Rita Pottinger in his quest to find the source of this menacing feeling. Lewis's guardian, Uncle Jonathan (a sorcerer), and their neighbor Mrs. Zimmermann ("an honest-to-goodness witch") also know that the bridge is evil. In overhearing a conversation between them, Lewis mistakenly concludes that Jonathan does not trust him or Rose Rita, bringing back his old fears of being sent away from the family and friends he has come to love. In fact, Uncle Jonathan distrusts Mephistopheles and Ermine Moote, who are attempting to help bring back The Great Old Ones. If they succeed, the earth will be their dominion and humans will cease to exist. In the end, Lewis and Rose Rita (with a little help from Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmermann) are able to stop the Mootes and save the world. Lewis learns that his fears of losing his home are unfounded, and his relationship with his uncle is strengthened. A wonderful blend of mystery, adventure, ghosts, and friendship.
Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX
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Gr. 3-6. Why is Uncle Jonathan so upset about the old iron bridge being torn down and why is he attempting to keep his suspicions a secret from his nephew, Lewis? As Sherlock Holmes would say, "The game's afoot!" Strickland combines the conventions of mystery writing (an old will, a secret passage) with those of science fiction (a piece of a meteorite that glows with swirling colors), folklore (a soul hiding outside the body), fantasy (a magic spell), and horror (a hideous monster rising from the creek). Faithful readers, who have followed Lewis, Rose Rita, Uncle Jonathan, and Mrs. Zimmerman since their debut in John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973), will find this mystery entirely up to standard with its familiar characters, twisting plot, and happy ending. Another fast-paced story in a long-running series. Carolyn Phelan
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Lewis and Rosa Rita are back again in Brad Strickland's terrifying chiller. Lewis Barnevelt and Rosa Rita are moving fast in this sci-fi mystery. Read morePublished on March 7 2002
Hard-core Bellairs fans, take up your hardcover Dial copies of "The House With a Clock in its Walls" and BLUDGEON! BLUDGEON the atrocity that is this book! ... Read morePublished on April 28 2001 by scullythevampire