Beast Under The Wizards Bridge Paperback – Mar 21 2002
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From School Library Journal
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The old iron bridge over Wilder Creek is being torn down by the county, to make way for a newer, more modern structure. Lewis Barnavelt's uncle Jonathan is nervous about this -- not only is the bridge a familiar landmark, but it was constructed by a wizard to keep a long-dead relative from returning. The dead relative was Jedediah Clabbernong, a man obsessed with his own aging, and determined to become one of the immortal alien Great Old Ones.
Now something is creeping from Wilder Creek. Under the sway of the equally determined Mr. and Mrs. Moote, a hideous squidlike humanoid is rising to the surface again -- and it can suck the life from any creature and reduce it to a disintegrating husk. Now as a comet returns -- the comet that claimed Clabbernong a century before -- Lewis, Rose Rita, Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman must stop the Mootes before more hideous creatures are unleashed...
Brad Strickland sure knows how to send chills down a spine. In excellent imitation of Bellairs' style, he creates some outstandingly horrifying situations. Jonathan Barnavelt's description of the disintegrating woodchuck he encountered (and pounded to death) is only outdone by the encounter that Lewis and Rose Rita have with an incredibly old, hideous horse. What's wrong? While Bellairs was never the most subtle of writers, the twelve-foot-tall tentacled squid-headed Lovecraftian nightmare seems more than a little excessive.Read more ›
This book is no exception. I was a very picky fan of John Bellairs, and when Brad Strickland began carrying on his work I was highly skeptical that he would be able to fill the shoes of an incredibly talented author. Not only has he done so with an uncanny ability to emulate Mr. Bellairs' style, he has also gone on to write some pretty memorable adventures involving the Bellairs characters.
I found this book to be one of the more inventive and memorable ones in the entire Bellairs/Strickland history since the Trolley to Yesterday. Strickland was not afraid to go to the same lengths that Bellairs himself did to give the reader a good scare, and I really enjoyed the added sci-fi element in this book.
Well done, Mr. Strickland!
Thanks, Mr. Strickland, and keep up the good work with next year's "The Tower at the End of the World"!
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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