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In the Window Room (The Histories of Earth #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
"There are secret passages all around you if you know where to look for them."

Delany was being punished, and deep in her heart, past the excuses she'd like to make for herself, she knew she'd almost deserved it. And even though that girl, Mattie, had said something dreadful about her father, she knew that she should not have fought with her. Though one can never rewind his
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Globe Light Press
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Apr 25, 2014 Rach rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-fiction
This book was GREAT! The way Mr.Carroll described the setting and the events made it to were I didn't want to put the book down. In The Window Room was very well written. For a short novel, I would recommend this book. Keep up the good work Mr.Carroll! I recieved this book, for free, from the Goodreads First Reads.
Lindsay Mead
Feb 28, 2012 Lindsay Mead rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Truly a delightful and interesting read. For more details check out my spoiler-free video review here:
Sep 24, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free through Goodreads First reads.
When this book arrived, my son saw it and then kept nagging me to read it quickly so he could have it! The picture on the front really appealed to him and his love of fantasy/adventure books. It didn't take long to read the book as it is quite short, it is a lovely little story, which I am sure is aimed at children, but is perfectly readable by adults. I really liked that the story wasn't too scary or sad, so I felt happy giving it to my 9
Jun 20, 2012 Vicky rated it it was amazing
This is a great fantasy fiction book that is full of adventure. I enjoyed this book a lot.I have even checked out the author's music videos on you tube, that are great as well. He has a lot to offer from this book to music. This book is about two young girl's who go on adventures in the window room of a house and they make a lot of friends along the way. It has a king that's bad, lazy guards and a prince who is up for murder. I liked this book a lot. I can't wait to read the other books that the ...more
Oct 06, 2014 BeenBunz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Before I even begin this review, I would like to thank Steve Carroll for promising a grand adventure and actually delivering it.

EVERY night before bed, I enjoy picking up a book, even if just for a few minutes and sometimes literally seconds, to wind down the day. I normally go straight for the light, entertaining stuff especially after a long, difficult day; this book definitely fit the bill. "In the Window Room" is a creatively crafted "children's book" for whimsical grown-ups. The novel is na
Mar 24, 2015 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My 11 year old son, Zachery is already begging me to get the next book. He loved the storyline and says he is excited to read the next book because it will be told from the child's pov.
We are thankful we got to read this book as part of the first reads.
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Aug 12, 2014 Steven Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jun 02, 2015 Julie Drucker rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. This a quick read and a cute book. For those young readers who love adventure I would highly recommend this book! It can also be enjoyed by adults too, but is geared toward the young reader. I am definitely an adult, at 50 years young, and I enjoyed the book very much. As this is book one I will be seeking out the other books to read as I was hooked by this read. Although this book ends in such a way that you would not nec ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Kay rated it liked it
This is a story of Delany Calbefur, who lost her father in the war, her mother to paralyzing grief (thus becoming no mother at all), and Delany then found herself shipped to the Mayfield School for Girls upon advice from her aunt.

At school she was banished to an old house, Greyford House, when she fought with Mattie Hardy about the war and both father's beliefs in said war.

Greyford House was very old, said to be haunted, and not at all an appropriate setting for a young lonely girl, but she disc
Apr 17, 2012 Carlotta rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It has many twists and turns. I think it would be perfect for the 'tween age. I used to read a ton at that age and it was great to be able to sit down and read a book from an author that was clean, intriguing, and perfect for that age group. As a 20-something, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a page turner. I couldn't put it down! Thanks to the author for writing such a great story with such a different style!
Apr 27, 2016 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

This was a great story. Adventurous, delightful, and imaginative. I only wish it was longer! I look forward to reading the rest of this wonderful series. There is definite potential here for a more in-depth story line. Can't wait to see what this author will do next.
Jul 28, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.**

I may revise my star rating after reading the rest of the series, as this was a prequel to the series and it certainly has the potential to be fascinating. *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos

Delaney Calbefur attends the Mayfield School for Girls, whe
John Wheeles
Jul 04, 2015 John Wheeles rated it it was amazing
What a fun little book, it's only 111 pages. This one is all about adventure, and Dell the main character sure knows how to get herself in trouble. It's a great read for early teens, but hey I'm old and enjoyed it as well! There are countless possibilities for future stories, so look forward to more.
Lauren Stoolfire
I won a copy of this through the Goodreads First Reads Program.

Delany, a student at the Mayfield School for Girls, gets punished and is forced to stay alone in an old abandoned home on the edge of the school grounds. As she begins to explore, she finds the window room and a new friend. The window room has a contraption that can transport you to distant lands for set periods of time. Delany and her new friend, Meris, have all kinds of adventures via the window room.

I really enjoyed the premise of
Betsy Pauzauskie
Jan 03, 2014 Betsy Pauzauskie rated it really liked it
Steven J. Carroll kindly sent this initial book in The Histories of Earth Series with my copy of A Prince of Earth, second book of The Histories of Earth Series, which I won on Goodreads.

When Delany Calbefur (a Mayfield School For Girls student) misbehaves, she is sent from her dormitory room to live alone in the large and vacant Greyford House as punishment. A maid makes her bed and fills the refrigerator with food, yet Delany is isolated from classmates when she isn't attending classes. While
Jessica Escober
Nov 06, 2014 Jessica Escober rated it really liked it
I thought this book was pretty good, with a very very ineteresting story line about another world out there, and everything started in a small house outside an all girls boarding school full of many mysteries. I also like how the author narrates and explains what's going on in the story., so you won't get confused. I feel that the story could have been developed more, and at a slower pace, so we could really understand why the characters are doing what they are doing. Speaking of the characters, ...more
Georgia Ball
Aug 16, 2015 Georgia Ball rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
I finished this story wondering if the author had ever read a book prior to writing one. There were actions described in... Brackets?
Mar 17, 2015 Lizeth rated it liked it
General: 3.5/5

This book is perfect for a light read. It's simple, yet interesting and charming in a strange way. I couldn't help but think about the alice books when I was reading this, it gives the same kind of adventurous and child-like feeling. It's been a long time since I was able to read something in just a day, and it feels good to do it again. However, I feel like it could've been better if this was a full book, with all the stories and descriptions the author just omitted, not only a sh
Feb 13, 2015 thebookfox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Vermicious Knids
Mar 01, 2015 Vermicious Knids rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Wow. The writing of this book is exquisite and I immediately fell in love. Even though it is written for middle school kids, and adult will taken by the vocabulary and writing style of this author. Oh, that more books had such quality writing. Some reviews didn't like the author 'interrupting' his own story, but I thought it made the book a little more whimsical - reminiscent of The Princess Bride-ish.

Then, beyond the writing style, one is set into a dark and mysterious story. A boarding school
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2 and a half stars.

This little book has a lot of potential -- it includes a creepy house with interesting rooms and passageways, aliens, interplanetary travel, and a similar feel to books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, the Oz series, the Underland Chronicles, and A Wrinkle in Time.

However, a lot of the characters and plot lines could have been developed a lot more. Since the novel was so short, too many of its words are used
Sarah Briggs
Oct 13, 2014 Sarah Briggs rated it liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

The plot of this book was quite an intriguing one, but I did struggle a bit with the storyline at times. I have to say, I found it quite strange that teachers would basically insist on leaving a student completely on her own in a house... though I don't actually know how long ago this book is set, so maybe things were different in that time.

The idea of the different worlds was quite a go
Oct 09, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Book One "In the Window Room" of the Histories of Earth series which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a magical escapade that begins when Delany (Del) Calbefur is punished when she gets into a fight with a schoolmate in class and is sent to the mysterious Victorian house called Greyford on the outskirts of Mayfield School for Girls. Alone for the next quarter she roams the house haunted by creaking pipes and strange happenings, finding an attic room with high ceilings, uncovered furniture an ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Maren rated it liked it
Very cute for a younger audience. I liked the idea and the fantasy elements, but there were some inconsistencies and the writing was a little choppy. He kept alternating between telling the story, telling a joke, and addressing the reader, which in and of itself is not a problem but it didn't always flow. I encountered a couple instances where I was a little confused, like why did Mattie have to go rescue Meris when what ended up happening when she got there was Meris helped Mattie get out? So w ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-books-read
I won #2 in the series, The Histories of Earth, a Goodreads Giveaway. The author was nice enough to send this book as it is #1 in the series. This book is a very good short story. It seems most of the short stories I read usually miss the mark by being in a hurry and jumbling details or just leaving out important things all together. This book did a very good job of conveying a good story.
Katja Vartiainen
Feb 21, 2016 Katja Vartiainen rated it really liked it
A nicely built adventure series for children and YA, with all the elements a fantasy adventure should contain. Delightful language, the atmosphere is there, and the secret world. The theme of friendship comes to forefront and the story plays a bit with astronomy. Sad real life issues mingle in building the story a good base. Very entertaining. But too short! The endings were too quickly tied together, when it started all so juicily.
Mar 31, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age, series
~Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway~

I think this book is about a 3.5 more than a 4, but I didn't want to ding it down to a 3. Seemed rude since I did like it.

For some reason the writing style made me think of Lemony Snicket (not exactly sure why though), but less funny.

The story is pretty solid, but doesn't offer a ton of new ideas. It looks like this series is a sort of stand alone one (the second book has a different main character), but since I haven't read it I make no
Kathy Rae
Jan 23, 2016 Kathy Rae rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
Carroll included the reader into the book by talking directly to them. It was a daring method of writing that took a while to get use to, but was enjoyable in the end. The character development of his two main characters was great and the story of an unlikely hero becoming one through default is always a fun read. I look forward to watching Carroll's talent develop.
Feb 02, 2015 Glen rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

An interesting book about a girl who travels to other worlds via a strange globe-like device in the company of giant prairie dog. They end up in an ill defined Medieval sort of world, involved in a conflict between feuding princes.

Not bad.
This is a fantasy story, and the writing seems to be aimed at middle school to high school students, although adults will also enjoy reading it. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if that were possible. The action in the story is well-paced, and it definitely holds your interest. It is such a short book, however, that there were many places where I wished I had more background information to help me empathize with the characters to a greater degree. I didn't find myself caring about the outcome ...more
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Hi, I'm Steven J. Carroll, a writer of fiction for young adults and pre-teens. I've also been an indie songwriter for many years, which was what honed my interests for writing.

My newest release is book one in a Young Adult, Sci-fi/Dystopian series called CITY OF WORDS. This novel follows the action-packed, suspense-filled journey of Alpha, as he tries to find a way to survive under the watchfu
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The Histories of Earth (4 books)
  • A Prince of Earth (The Histories of Earth, #2)
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