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Spellbound (The Books of Elsewhere #2)

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The next book in the thrilling, chilling "New York Times" bestselling series!
With no way into the McMartin house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door mentions a grimoire--a spellbook--Olive sees a glint of hope. If she can find the McMa
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ebook, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Puffin Books
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Erin
Nov 25, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers, fantasy enthusiasts, those who appreciate good children's books
This is the second book in a lovely children's series by Jacqueline West. Odds are you've never read it.

I think Spellbound wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, but hot diggity dog was it still fun to read.

Why I Loved It
No question here-- the talking cats MADE this story. Horatio, Leopold, and Harvey are basically my new best friends. Somebody somewhere needs to name their cats after these guys, cause they deserve it. Leopold especially continues to deliver epic cuteness, and remains my fav
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Tatiana
Mysterious evil lurks at every corner in the second installment in "The Books of Elsewhere, Book 2: Spellbound." It has only been a few weeks since Olive buried the sinister painting of Annabelle McMartin and has broken the magic eyeglass frames of creepy Aldous McMartin. Of course, Olive feels obligated in trying to save her friend Morton from his permanent purgatory of being a painted person instead of being human. So, she tries again to search for clues in her home with her three feline frien ...more
Vicki
Aug 07, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it...and so, it seems, do the young readers who've been anxiously waiting since last summer for this second in the Elsewhere series! The power and charm of West's writing for children seem to lie in her delightful sense of humor, her sensitive portrayal of young characters, and her unerring recall of even the most detailed childhood experiences. (Yes, those Freeze Pop bags do sort of cut the inside of your mouth while you're sucking the last of the flavor out of the icicle inside!) I'm enj ...more
Katie Grace
Mar 09, 2016 Katie Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, weird, mystery and a dash of spooky. I liked this a lot. *nod*
Maggie Johnson
Mar 27, 2015 Maggie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose the book, Spellbound, from The Books Of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West. I picked this book because I read the first book, and I really liked it. This second book was a really fun story with a mystery plot. Someday I would like to solve mysteries like Olive. I don’t think boys should read this book because this is about a girl who solves mysteries. I want to read the rest of the books to discover more secrets of Elsewhere.

People who like mysteries should read this book and the series becau
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Charlyn
Jun 11, 2012 Charlyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Olive and her parents live in a large, old house where an evil woman once lived. The girl has few contacts with people, depending on her friendship with Morton, a child she met inside a painting, and the three cats who came with the house. But she no longer has the glasses that helped her climb inside the paintings and the cats have become even more aloof. Then a new character steps into her world: Rutherford, the grandson of a neighbor, brings his curiosity, his knowledge of all things knightly ...more
Jessica Harrison
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“Spellbound” opens where “The Shadows” left off. Olive successfully stopped the McMartins, but Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. Olive’s magical glasses broke in the battle, and she has no way to get back inside the paintings on her own. The three guardian cats could help her return, but they’re reluctant to help.

With each day that passes, the weight of leaving Morton behind grows. So when Rutherford, Olive’s new neighbor, suggests the McMartins may
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Tasha
Jul 05, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
This second book in The Books of Elsewhere series is just as magical as the first. Olive is still searching for a way to save Morton, the boy trapped inside a painting. Now that the spectacles are broken, Olive must rely on the permission of one of the three cats to enter the paintings. But nothing she tries is working. So when her new neighbor, Rutherford, mentions that there may be a spellbook left by the McMartins, Olive immediately begins searching. When she finds it though, she may not be r ...more
Brenda
Nov 02, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle graders who love spooky stories.
Shelves: fantasy
Spellbound, the second novel in The Books of Elsewhere series features Olive a young girl who is determined to help free her friend Morton from the painting he is trapped in. Where in book one Olive had magical spectacles that allowed her to enter paintings, now she will need something more. Something that seems to be calling her to release it from the clasp of a pair of large bony hands. Will Olive be able to convince the three guardian cats of the house to help her? Or will the new boy next do ...more
Cindy
Oct 02, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Morton still a painting and Olive's unique inquisitive nature readers venture into the world of Elsewhere in this second installment of the series.

All the elements that I loved about the first book - the talking cats, the real nature of Olive (Hey it's a character who makes mistakes and does things on her own and isn't perfect all the time), as well as the magic and mystery of Elsewhere are all in this second installment.

West introduces some new elements such as a new character and reader
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Amy
Jan 16, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Jacqueline West manages to make the second book in her series as interesting as the first. I was pleasantly surprised that Spellbound takes an even darker turn than book one. Olive's search for the McMartin's book of spells results in Olive turning against those she loves.

The character of Rutherford was incredibly amusing (especially read by audiobook narrator Lexy Fridell, whose childlike voice is a constant and delightful surprise) and I was glad to learn more about the neighbors.
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Laura
Dec 16, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Oh, Olive. You and your curious ways! I kept getting mad at her choices, and then I remembered I'm an adult ... reading a story through the lens of a pre-teen. Ha! I didn't love this book as much as the first in the series, The Shadows The Books of Elsewhere 1, but still a great story. And I love the cats. A little slow at the beginning, but stick with it. You won't be disappointed. Jacqueline West is a fresh voice. I can't wait to read the next book, The Second Spy.
Catherine
May 03, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Spellbound is the second story in The Books of Elsewhere series by Jacqueline West and continues soon after book one, The Shadows. Olive Dunwoody is a young girl who has recently been exploring the world of Elsewhere, a place she has found within the paintings of her new home. Though, the spectacles she's been using to help her travel have been broken. Now she can only go to Elsewhere with the help of one of the cat familiars- Leopold, Harvey and Horatio- who can travel in and out at any whim. I ...more
Karen Arendt
Very good continuation of The Book of Elsewhere. Olive finds a spell book of the McMartin family. She also meets her neighbor Rutherford, who always turns up at odd moments. Morton wants to find out what happened to his family and get out of the painting.... Lots of action and suspense, especially when the book of spells starts to turn Olive into an evil person....
Ann
Apr 12, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful! This second installment in the Books of Elsewhere series is yet another great mix of humor, insight, and suspense from Jacqueline West. Once I hit Chapter 10, I honestly could not put the book down again until I had finished it. It will be difficult to wait until the summer of 2012 to find out what happens in book #3!
Michelle
Nov 11, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully creepy second in the series of Elsewhere. Olive is a spunky female character. She is trying to save Morton from inside a painting where he's been spellbound by a wizard. She also meets a new neighbor boy, Rutherford, who turns out to be very helpful.
Bradley Mavericks
Dec 04, 2014 Bradley Mavericks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave "Spellbound" by Jacqueline West 4 stars because however much it was good and interesting, it still wasn't nearly as interesting as the preceding book "The Shadows". There aren't as many discoveries about Elsewhere, but the secrets the characters learn about Elsewhere are deeper and darker. What I didn't like about the plot was that Olive Dunwoody, the main character, becomes somewhat possessed by the house she lives in. Olive is left pretty much friendless as her allies leave her one by ...more
Daisy
Nov 19, 2015 Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful
Mark Buxton
Jan 13, 2015 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You should read book one first. It's entitled The Shadows. This book added a little more conflict as Olive separated herself from everyone trying to help her. The neighbors became more involved in the plot, and the identity of one neighbor was a surprise. The author did a nice job of describing Olive's internal conflicts; voices in her head encouraged her to make dangerous choices. The cats are important characters, but they add a humorous element to the plot. In this book, Harvey, one of the ca ...more
Sandy
Nov 21, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This series is fun. I sometimes wish I had a little girl that I could read stories like this with. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Olive and her funny cats.
Mindy
Jan 24, 2015 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. I greatly enjoyed all the of the characters, especially the cats. I love the cats! Rutherford makes me think of what my husband may have been like as a kid. :) All of Olive's clumsiness and mistakes remind me of me.

At one point I yelled into the book for Olive to stop, she didn't hear me. However, as with good stories it didn't end there and lots of other things happened.

Also, the best descriptions of things from a kids perspective. The eating of the icee is what comes
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Delaney
Jul 08, 2012 Delaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much better than the first. I put my back against the wall so that nobody would sneak up on me. I really enjoyed this book.
Cathy
Nov 09, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I adore Olive and pals. Each page keeps me going after more like river rafting. West is talented and I'll dive into more.
Katie Whittemore
Sep 17, 2014 Katie Whittemore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the mysterious serious of The Books of Elswhere. I think this book answered much more questions than the first one (the secrets) , but I also think that it lacked action is some chapters( not very many). I think that the " groimore controlling its user" theory is very common, because I have read several books that use they theory. I have to say that I did not see it coming that Ms. Nivens was a painting or Morton's sister. Overall, I think this book had more surprises, ...more
Victoria
Apr 18, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just another one of Jaqueline West's great miserious novels. Can't wait for the next one!
Jorden
Oct 25, 2015 Jorden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wjhs, mystery, suspense
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find a Grimoire, a spellbook? In this book, a nine year old girl, Olive Dunwoody, is searching for the McMartin's spellbook. If this object is found, Olive can save her friend, Morton, who's trapped inside one of the paintings that Aldous McMartin painted. It's up to you to read this book and find out if Olive finds the Grimoire and frees her friend. This book was spectacular and I would recommend it to anyone. If you enjoy reading books that are m ...more
Chantele Sedgwick
Great sequel! This is a fun series middle graders will love!
Anika
Feb 18, 2015 Anika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, and it ties into the first book.
Amy
Oct 16, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the series with Alex. We love it!
Christian H
Dec 12, 2012 Christian H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such a good book but not as good as the other 2
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