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100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,799 Ratings  ·  1,617 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It's an unfamiliar house—Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins—so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning...

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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Douglas Wilson
Jan 14, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
Nonbiased reviews under such circumstances are hard to come by. Great book.
Jun 09, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: ms-books
I'm quite conflicted about this book. On the one hand, the premise is fantastic-- a wall full of doorways into other worlds-- some benign, some not so much. But the names of the female characters were confusing-- they're all allusions to famous females (incl Dorothy from Kansas!)-- but i also kept forgetting how old the little girls were supposed to be, because they speak and act like different ages all the time. The town's name is Henry, and the two main kids are named Henry and Henrietta? Huh? ...more
Apr 13, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it
Let me make one thing clear--the only reason I'm deducting the 5th star is because this book does not stand on it's own. It's very clearly the start of a series and I'm greatly annoyed that now I have to wait for the next installment. That being said, the scene with the chainsaw in the carpet is almost worth adding the 5th star back...

This is a creepy little children's fantasy. Give to fans of Charlie Bone, Coraline, Gregor the Overlander, the Narnia books, Chrestomanci, and yes that HP fellow.
Feb 13, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
Scrub the bones. Great line, and one of the most memorable. This book felt like what C.S. Lewis would have been if he wasn't British, didn't drink tea and crumpets every day and enjoyed college basketball.
Mar 27, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really loved this book. Deliciously creepy elements blend with terrific characterization, poetic prose and exciting plot. Will update more in a bit!

{Edit}Now to add a bit more. I like how the author has taken classic fantasy tropes, "the lost Special One" "the Hidden World" "the Wise Fool" and blended them in new ways. I particularly like how Henry finds the world away from the smothering overprotective one his parents have created for him just as magical as the actual magical worlds he
Aug 08, 2015 Cindy rated it did not like it
I can't believe I made it all the way through to the end of this book. Maybe because I just kept waiting for something to happen and really it didn't. I have to give the author credit anyone that can literally write over 50 pages describing cupboards and one main setting of maybe a room. This book started out great but really I felt like I was in sand and going no where fast, and it just kept feeling to the end.

I think it was the writing style, the style was more of telling the reader then actu
Jun 27, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
After a pretty slow start, this book got weird fast. One minute I'm waiting for some action and answers, the next I'm wondering how I fell into Tim Burton's brain. It got so weird that it was a little hard to understand at times. I'm fairly fantasy versed and even I had trouble interpreting some of the stuff towards the end of the book. Wilson really tried hard to start cramming in characters with speaking styles that were unique to their situation. Unfortunately, this will probably leave many i ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Stacy rated it really liked it
WOW! Very interesting fantasy tale. I wonder why I hadn't ever heard of it? Henry is a guest in his Aunt and Uncle's home. He finds 99 cupboards covered up with plaster in the attic where he sleeps. Each leads to a different land/time--but too small to get through. Where is the other cupboard, you wonder? Well, I can't tell you that! You'll just have to read it yourself. Quite an interesting story. It reads almost like a Harry Potter. And, if you get your hands on the book, look at the back of t ...more
Sep 25, 2007 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Mmm. Delicious. A good fantasy with enough original elements to keep it interesting. "Leepike Ridge" is better, no question, but I dare say this book stands apart from the normal fantasy-laden pack. See for yourself...
Mem Morman
Jun 17, 2014 Mem Morman rated it really liked it
This was recommended by - wait for it! - my GRAND-daughter. It's a children's book, and I like and read children's books, but I did find this pretty scary although I did enjoy it. Twelve year old Henry comes to stay with his aunt and uncle in Henry, Kansas hoping for a summer of baseball. Instead, or perhaps in addition, he finds that one wall of his attic bedroom is full of small cupboards with locked doors - and each goes somewhere not in this world. The characters (three cousins and two sets ...more
Jan 30, 2009 AM rated it liked it
I liked this. I want to say that first off least my issues be construed as revulsion. I read this book with the idea of presented it to a children's book club that I run at work. If I were reading for myself I probably would have relaxed into the story more and not be questioning everything. I don't tend to read Juvie Fantasy too deeply when reading for my own personal pleasure, but I need to talk about this among a group.
First the tone seems to shift from the overly descriptive literary tone
Barnabas Piper
Apr 26, 2016 Barnabas Piper rated it really liked it
Develops a little slower than Wilson's other novels and is a little more convoluted. Those aren't bad things - just a different flavor. Still a fun story and definitely intriguing.
Rose M.
Feb 05, 2015 Rose M. rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was really interesting because it was mysterious and suspenseful. I liked how Henry could go into the cupboards because they were portals that lead to other places. It was like he could go anywhere that he wanted to go to. I really loved it and I would recommend it to anyone but I won't spoil anything. Of course that there is conflict in the book but I won't say anything because you all have to read it to find out what happens in it. It is a series and I would like to read ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Nura rated it really liked it
Henry York, dua belas tahun, hanya ingin hidup normal. Tapi hidupnya malah penuh kejutan setelah ia tinggal di kediaman paman dan bibinya di Kansas. Karena tidak ada kamar kosong yang tersedia, Henry terpaksa tidur di loteng. Di sana ia menemukan 99 pintu lemari dalam berbagai bentuk, warna, dan ukuran yang disembunyikan di balik dinding kamarnya.

Sejak menemukan pintu lemari tersebut, kejadian-kejadian aneh mulai menghampiri. Henry dilukai oleh makhluk dari balik pintu lemari yang terhubung den
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Apr 21, 2008 Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, bestbooks
I was intrigued by the cover right away. And as I read, I kept thinking, wow, for once, the book and the cover are really perfectly matched: in its mysterious, dark, and slightly creepy tone; in its attention to details; in its sense of originality. I appreciate quite a bit of this title. Really enjoyed how Wilson handles the relationships between Henry and Frank and between Henry and Henrietta. I am glad that Frank's and Dotty's seeming (and tremendously convenient) absentmindedness can be some ...more
Rachel Lightwood
- I loved Henry and how he wasn't portrayed as being your typical, confident hero but a much more believe - yet still adorably quirky and timid - protagonist.

- The relationships between Henrietta, Penny and Anastasia were perfect. Anastasia was such a typical little miss and she made me laugh.

- The writing worked. It was a little weird and quirky but it fitted the story and the character to perfection. A real gem for that alone.

- The nightly adventures were a little repetitive.

- I am excited
Tamora Pierce
Apr 11, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
How can it get better--100 small cupboards hidden under plaster in an ordinary-looking Kansas house where Henry has come to await word on his parents, travel writers being held by Columbian kidnappers. His aunt, uncle, and three girl cousins seem perfectly ordinary, but there's a ghost who comes and goes from dead Grandpa's locked room, and there are those cupboards hidden behind Henry's bedroom wall. Henry is a cautious, careful hero, somewhat adrift in the world, sucked into dangerous situatio ...more
For a modern children's fantasy, in all its derivative glory, I really enjoyed this. It's not blazing any new ground, and it uses more than a few fantasy cliches (Henry's an orphan! taken in by his aunt and uncle! And his makeshift attic bedroom holds SECRETS! A locked door downstairs! An old man Henry can't remember! Cupboards that go to OTHER WORLDS!) but it still manages to feel fresh and fun. It helps that we're more than halfway through the book before anyone goes through any of the cupboar ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, younger
When his over-protective parents are kidnapped while on vacation, Henry is sent to stay with relatives in a small Kansas town. When the plaster in his attic bedroom is cracked, Henry discovers strange cupboards, all different from one another, and mysterious compass locks. He and the oldest of his cousins explore the mystery and have adventures (I won't be any more specific because I don't want to give away the plot). I thought the book had some good imagery, and the characters of Henry and his ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Nate Wilson has a unique gift. He takes you away into another world with his imaginative story telling, but with such realistic characters and life circumstances you feel like you're reading about your next door neighbor.
I especially love his word pictures! They are so vivid, clever, and original. The depth of plot, which is often missed in fiction, adds substance yet without weighing down the story.
Nate also sells his characters well and by chapter two I already loved Aunt Dotty, sympathized
Jun 04, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY enjoyed that book! The mystery of the cupboards kept me guessing until the last page. I loved Henry and his cousins and couldn't believe what happened towards the end. Love love loved it!
Jennifer Boyce
Sep 30, 2015 Jennifer Boyce rated it really liked it
Another random selection from the library that blew me away. While technically a middle grade read, this book contains elements to please readers of any age.

Henry, a young boy who's parents have been abducted, goes to live with his aunt and uncle. On his first night there a piece of plaster falls onto him from the attic wall behind his bed. Henry goes to investigate and discovers a partially hidden cupboard door- very small but very unique. From there the adventure just takes off.

I found the w
May 17, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
I think this book was pretty good and fun to read. This book reminded me a lot about the book " The Chronicles of Narnia The Macian's Nephew" because in both books they have a boy and a girl find these portals to different places but in the "100 Cupboards" they don't have to use rings, the two kids only have to walk through these cupboards in the wall. They main character of the book would be Henry York who is 12 years old and he and his cousin Henrietta travel through these cupboards. Henrietta ...more
May 24, 2015 R-kyuu rated it liked it
A boy in his aunt's room finds 99 cupboards hidden behind the old plaster on the wall, and finds out that these cupboards is not just cupboards but is portals connecting to different worlds. But not all cupboards go to good worlds, some lead to places which you should never go, and the boy broke the seal of the hated queen- Niamane. I find this book really interesting because I also think having magic cupboards is really cool and scary at the same time. When I was reading this book i found some ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it
Found this while hanging out with my kids at the library. Never heard of it before and shamelessly picked it up because of the cover, despite the cliche warnings against exercising such shallow judgements. It was mesmerizing. I admit that I was a little worried toward the end that all the things left unexplained would be tied up and tossed off in a way that was totally unsatisfying (as sometimes happens with children's literature) but then I realized that this was part of a series! Fabulous! I w ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, creepyish
Henry goes to live with his extended family in the middle of Kansas. In his attic room he discovers a plastered-over wall of cupboards. Turns out, each cupboard leads to another realm/place/time. Creepy like Coraline, though not quite so much, fun little hook. Good 5th-6th grade booktalk.
Dec 12, 2014 Silver rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
A funny story about this book. I had originally ordered this book as a gift for my eight year old niece. She loves to read and is really into fantasy, and we have similar tastes in books. So I brought her a few books that looked interesting and seemed like the sort of thing she would read and this one sounded like such an intriguing idea (and I thought the cover of it looked so cool) I could not resist the temptation to start reading it before I had to wrap it up to give to her.

This story has s
Jesse Broussard
Apr 20, 2008 Jesse Broussard rated it it was amazing
Better than Leepike, more fun and--God forgive me--I found it comparable (not even or better, mind you, but comparable) to the Chronicles of Narnia. Cannot wait for the next installment, and no, he's not letting me read the manuscript. And here I used to like his class...
Mary Lee
Mar 01, 2009 Mary Lee rated it really liked it
Anyone who can base a philosophy of life on tumbleweeds ranks pretty high in my estimation. (I grew up in Eastern CO, which is just as much a place of tumbleweeds as Henry, KS!!)
Apr 30, 2016 Bonita rated it really liked it
N. D. Wilson portrays a strong, lyrical voice seldom seen in children's books. But it fits perfectly and creates an even deeper level to this story already brimming with layers of meaning. A boy named Henry travels to a sleepy town called Henry, but his discoveries in the attic of his aunt and uncle's house are far from sleepy. Scores of cupboards, each leading somewhere different. Another world, perhaps. Another time. Another reality. From one, Henry senses foreboding and evil. From one, he sen ...more
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“Woman and children behind the lines!' he yelled, and all the girls jumped. Henry froze with his mouth open. 'Bang the drum slowly and ask not for whom the bell's ringing, for the answer's unfriendly!' He threw a fist in the air. 'Two years have my black ships sat before Troy, and today its gate shall open before the strength of my arm.' Dotty was laughing from the kitchen. Frank looked at his nephew. 'Henry, we play baseball tomorrow. Today we sack cities. Dots! Fetch me my tools! Down with the French! Once more into the breach, and fill the wall with our coward dead! Half a league! Half a league! Hey, batter, batter!'
Frank brought his fist down onto the table, spilling Anastasia's milk, and then he struck a pose with both arms above his head and his chin on his chest. The girls cheered and applauded. Aunt Dotty stepped back into the dining room carrying a red metal toolbox.”
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