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The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 12

The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 12

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

It is finally the summer holidays, and Lewis is looking forward to the break from school and spending time with his best friend Rose Rita, his Uncle Jonathan and his neighbour Mrs Zimmermann. But Lewis's hopes for a peaceful summer holiday are shattered as one accident after another plagues him. Is all his bad luck really just a coincidence? Or does it have something to do with the mysterious hooded figure he keeps seeing? For fans of Goosebumps.

The House Where Nobody Lived -The House With a Clock in Its Walls 11

The House Where Nobody Lived -The House With a Clock in Its Walls 11

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

As Lewis and Rose Rita investigate all the supernatural happenings in New Zebedee, they get more than they bargained for when a new family moves into the Hawaii House. Lewis and Rose Rita are soon drawn into a mystery involving forces far beyond the shores of their imagination. Why are there strange drumbeats emanating from the top floor of the Hawaii House? And why is Lewis having dreams about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire? For fans of Goosebumps.

The Whistle, the Grave and the Ghost - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 10

The Whistle, the Grave and the Ghost - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 10

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to a strange, old grave and a mysterious, magical silver whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys in his Scout troop bullying him, he is overcome with relief - finally he can enjoy being part of the Scouts. What Lewis doesn't know is that the whistle also has a more sinister power: it summons a powerful vampire! Lewis is drawn into battle with this ancient evil, and with the help of Rose Rita, Unlce Jonathan and Mrs Zimmermann, he must save his own life and the lives of those he loves. Is Lewis strong enough to destroy the potent spirit? For fans of Goosebumps.

The Tower at the End of the World - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 9

The Tower at the End of the World - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 9

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

When Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and their friends Rose Rita and Mrs Zimmermann take a trip to a small town near Lake Superior, they expect a pleasant holiday. Instead, they find themselves facing the ghastly Ishmael Izard, son of the fiendish creator of the Doomsday clock that was once hidden in the walls of Uncle Jonathan's house. Ishmael is a cruel and heartless sorcerer, and he is determined to wreak vengeance on the entire world. Will Lewis and his friends be strong enough to defeat him, or will their fate be decided by their most formidable foe yet? For fans of Goosebumps.

The Beast Under The Wizard's Bridge - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 8

The Beast Under The Wizard's Bridge - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 8

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

When Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita set out to explore old Wilder Creek Bridge and the deserted farm nearby, they discover shocking secrets: the destruction of the bridge threatens to release a horrifying monster, the legacy of a long-dead evil magician. Even Lewis's Uncle Jonathan and the magical Mrs Zimmermann may not be able to vanquish this ferocious creature! For fans of Goosebumps.

The Spectre From the Magician's Museum - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 7

The Spectre From the Magician's Museum - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 7

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Lewis and Rose Rita have to participate in their school's talent contest, whether they like it or not. When they come up with the idea of doing a fake magic show, they decide to borrow some books on stage magic from a friend who works at a museum. After Rose Rita cuts her finger on an enchanted Egyptian scroll, she awakens the corpse of Belle Frisson, the scroll's previous owner, who captures Rose Rita and wants to use her body to live forever. Lewis must work together with his Uncle Jonathan and neighbour Mrs Zimmermann to rescue Rose Rita from the tomb in which she's imprisoned. For fans of Goosebumps.

The Doom of the Haunted Opera - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 6

The Doom of the Haunted Opera - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 6

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

When Lewis and Rose Rita explore an abandoned theatre, they discover an unpublished opera score entitled 'The Day of Doom'. Ignoring a strange omen, they show it to their music teacher, who heralds 'The Day of Doom' a masterpiece. Little do they know that the eerie Henry Vanderhelm, the composer's grandson, arrives with a plan to awaken the dead and enslave the world! Soon, all the adults are enamoured - and enspelled - by Henry Vanderhelm. A mysterious fog descends upon New Zebedee and everyone is trapped inside it. It is up to Lewis and Rose Rita to stop the dead coming back to life. For fans of Goosebumps.

The Ghost in the Mirror - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 4

The Ghost in the Mirror - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 4

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Mrs Zimmermann is at a loss - she still hasn't regained her powers from her last encounter with dark magic and Uncle Jonathan and Lewis have left for the summer to travel around Europe, leaving her and Rose Rita bored and lonely at home. That is until Mrs Zimmermann keeps on seeing visions and shadows of her old magic teacher, Granny Wetherbee, who is trying to contact her from beyond the grave. Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita set off to Pennsylvania to solve the mystery and in doing so travel back in time to Granny Wetherbee, who tells them that they must save a good wizard, Grandpa Drexel, who is destined to die for a wrongdoing he didn't commit. As they both try to change the past, evil lurks in the background - Mrs Zimmermann is struck by amnesia and they must face a local wizard with a grudge and an old score to settle. Will Mrs Zimmermann regain her memory and her powers? Will they be able to right a past wrong? Will they make it back home alive?

The Vengeance of the Witch Finder - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 5

The Vengeance of the Witch Finder - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 5

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Lewis and Uncle Jonathan have travelled to England to visit family at Barnavelt Manor, much to Lewis's delight - he hasn't visited family outside of America before! Lewis becomes friends with the housekeeper's son, Bertie, and as the two boys explore the manor's garden maze, Lewis accidentally unleashes demonic forces that summon the ghost of an evil wizard adamant on destroying his entire family. Can Lewis fight the maniacal wizard, or will all the Barnavelts perish?

The Letter, the Witch and the Ring - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 3

The Letter, the Witch and the Ring - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 3

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The third book in the series following on from the American classic The House With a Clock in Its Walls, now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan Rose Rita wishes she could go to camp like her best friend, Lewis. She's sure that boys get to have all the fun, but instead she must stay at home and get ready to attend Junior High, where she will have to do 'girly' activities - something she hates! That is until Mrs Zimmermann offers her an adventure of her own - a trip to cousin Oley's farm. Mrs Zimmermann's cousin Oley has left her his farm, as well as a ring that he thinks is magic. But when Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita arrive at the deserted farm, the ring has mysteriously vanished. Strange things start to happen around them - Mrs Zimmermann becomes ill, Rose Rita keeps on seeing scary images and Mrs Zimmermann goes missing. What power does this magical ring have? Will the person who took the ring use it to do evil? And will Rose Rita be able to rescue Mrs Zimmermann from whatever evil force that has taken her?

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

The American classic - now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan Lewis Barnavelt doesn't have time on his side... 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 neighbour, Mrs Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis couldn't be happier. What's not to like about seeing his uncle practise spells and eating Mrs Zimmermann's delicious cookies? At first, watching 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 evil Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. As the clock can be heard ticking away in the house all the time, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it is up to the Barnavelts to find where it is hidden in the walls - and stop it. A true race against time...

The Figure in the Shadows - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 2

The Figure in the Shadows - The House With a Clock in Its Walls 2

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

The second book in the series following on from the American classic The House With a Clock in Its Walls, now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan Settled into his new life, Lewis seems content living with his magical Uncle Jonathan and neighbour Mrs Zimmermann. He even has a new best friend, Rose Rita, who loves to play sport, build Roman ship models and play with magic - all the things Lewis loves to do too! After discovering Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin, Lewis is certain that it is magical, so he puts it to the test - he recites one of Mrs Zimmermann's spells to awaken its magic. Only Lewis hasn't awakened a good sort of magic. As he wears the coin around his neck, sinister things start to happen. Strange letters addressed to Lewis arrive at midnight, a dark shadowy figure begins to follow him in town and something seems to be inside his body controlling his actions. As the figure in the shadows appears more and more, Lewis is possessed by its power, unable to free himself. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control? And can Uncle Jonathan, Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita make it in time to rescue Lewis?

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The American classic - now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan Lewis Barnavelt doesn't have time on his side... 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 neighbour, Mrs Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis couldn't be happier. What's not to like about seeing his uncle practise spells and eating Mrs Zimmermann's delicious cookies? At first, watching 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 evil Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. As the clock can be heard ticking away in the house all the time, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it is up to the Barnavelts to find where it is hidden in the walls - and stop it. A true race against time...

House With a Clock in Its Walls

House With a Clock in Its Walls

Author: John Bellairs Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

The American classic - soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlanLewis Barnavelt doesn't have time on his side...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 neighbour, Mrs Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis couldn't be happier. What's not to like about seeing his uncle practise spells and eating Mrs Zimmermann's delicious cookies? At first, watching 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 evil Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. As the clock can be heard ticking away in the house all the time, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it is up to the Barnavelts to find where it is hidden in the walls - and stop it. A true race against time...

Gargoyle in the Dump

Gargoyle in the Dump

Author: John Bellairs Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2015

From the award-winning author ofThe Face in the Frostcomes the story of three brothers who rescue a talking gargoyle from their neighborhood junkyard Michael, David, and Alphonsus Jr. (aka Fonsy) are spending the summer trying to blow up the town dock and playing marathon Monopoly games. On the brink of death-by-boredom, they head to the local dump in search of treasuressuch as oil cans that Michael can use to build a submarine. But what they find is far from garbage. Staring out at them, between two black stovepipes, is the head of a grinning stone gargoyle with shifty eyes and a long snout. He demands that the brothers take him home to live with them, so the boys wrap him in blankets and cart him back in a wagon. At the house, the gargoyle regales them with vivid tales of his exploits in faraway times and places. He even comes up with endlessly inventive ways of terrorizing the boys' irritatingly dull neighbors.Finally,this is a summer worth writing home about. The Gargoyle in the Dumpis a recently discovered, never-before-published story. Also included are two pages of the author's original typed manuscript and an introduction from his long-time literary agent, Richard Curtis.

The Chessmen of Doom

The Chessmen of Doom

Author: John Bellairs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2014

In a thrilling adventure, a young sleuth and his professor friend are challenged to solve a riddle and win a fortune Professor Roderick Childermass may be the strangest person Johnny Dixon has ever met, but compared to his brother Peregrine, the professor is practically normal. Peregrine is a born trickster, and when he knows his death is near, he sends a letter promising the professor his entire $10,000,000 estate-assuming he can solve one final riddle. The professor feels that his brother is mocking him from beyond the grave. If Peregrine were alive, he says, he'd kill him. To crack the puzzle and claim the fortune, Johnny and the professor head north to the wild countryside of far-off Maine. They'll find that the riddle is the least of their problems. To inherit the money, the professor must stay alive until the end of the summer, and since everyone in Maine seems to want Peregrine's heir dead, survival will be no easy task. From the author of the Lewis Barnavelt novels, including The House with a Clock in Its Walls, the Johnny Dixon series is full of fun, adventure, and supernatural chills, along with believable and likable characters who are a delight to spend time with (The New York Times).