The House With A Clock in Its Walls

The House With A Clock in Its Walls

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A haunting gothic tale by master mysery writer John Bellairs--soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black!

" The House With a Clock in Its Walls will cast its spell for a long time."-- The New York Times Book Review

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Selenna Izard. It seems that Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls--a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2004, c1973
ISBN: 9780142402573
Branch Call Number: J BEL
Characteristics: 179 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Gorey, Edward 1925-2000


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Oct 24, 2018

The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs is a kid-sized horror novel. Our hero is 10 year-old orphan Lewis who is sent to live with his warlock uncle Jonathan. Supernatural weirdness happens in the appropriately spooky gothic mansion that becomes Lewis' home. After Lewis, to his surprise, re-invigorates the dead, things get serious. But, oddly, the weird "clock in the walls" disappears for much of the story only to be re-introduced quite late. Its demise is awfully swift. Quite a good story, though.

Oct 03, 2018

This book was just fine. It wasn't great, nor was it terrible - just middle of the road. Entertaining enough to keep reading, but I can't say I'll pick up subsequent books in the series or watch the movie. (Having seen the movie previews, I do think Jack Black was definitely well cast.)

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Mar 11, 2013

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Young Lewis has lost his parents and moves in with his quirky uncle in a new town atop a hill. Lewis's uncle Jonathan also happens to be a small-time wizard and lives in a mansion with a lot of secrets, including some that could cause a lot of trouble for the curious Lewis.


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