The Steps up the Chimney (The Magician's House Quartet: Book One)
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The Steps up the Chimney (The Magician's House Quartet #1)

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The Magician's House Quartet Thirteen-year-old William Constant and his two younger sisters, Mary and Alice, have come to ancient, mysterious Golden House in Wales for the holidays. Their lives will never be the same once they enter the Magician's House -- and discover their destiny.

What evil lurks in Golden House?
The children know...

William knew something was wrong from...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Simon Pulse (first published 1990)
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Elina
Synd är att den indirekta jämförelsen med ”Harry Potter” inte direkt gör boken bättre. Den uppfattas kanske snarare som sämre, och jag tycker egentligen bara att jag ser något mycket sämre än ”Harry Potter”… Jag tycker jag ser ingredienser jag sett på flera håll än ett därtill. Jag ser bland annat mycket ”Narnia” i serien och jag kan inte säga att jag fastnat för karaktärerna alls. Jag kommer dem inte nära på något sätt… Det är svårt att förklara, men jag känner inte alls för att läsa fortsättni...more
Benjamin Thomas
I'm certainly no expert on young adult novels. I read several each year largely because my children have read them and talk about them and so I get interested in them. I've also played with the idea of trying to write one some day and therefore ought to read them. And, I will say, that I keep reading them because I flat out enjoy them. But while reading The Steps Up the Chimney by William Corlett I began to ponder just what makes a novel a "young adult" novel. It's not that they're simplified fo...more
Brina
Für William, Mary und Alice ist Weihnachten dieses Jahr kein gewöhnliches Weihnachtsfest. Da ihre Eltern durch ihre Arbeit im Ausland sind, verbringen die Geschwister ihre Winterferien im Golden House bei ihrem Onkel Jack und dessen schwangerer Freundin.
Wohl fühlen sich die Kinder jedoch nicht im Golden House. Das Haus wirkt kalt, abgelegen und unheimlich, dazu fühlen sie sich von drei Tieren beobachtet, die anscheinend überall auftauchen, wo auch sie sind. Gleichzeitig entdecken sie bei einem...more
Brina
Für William, Mary und Alice ist Weihnachten dieses Jahr kein gewöhnliches Weihnachtsfest. Da ihre Eltern durch ihre Arbeit im Ausland sind, verbringen die Geschwister ihre Winterferien im Golden House bei ihrem Onkel Jack und dessen schwangerer Freundin.
Wohl fühlen sich die Kinder jedoch nicht im Golden House. Das Haus wirkt kalt, abgelegen und unheimlich, dazu fühlen sie sich von drei Tieren beobachtet, die anscheinend überall auftauchen, wo auch sie sind. Gleichzeitig entdecken sie bei einem R...more
Nikki
I suppose the premise of these books is very typical of a children's fantasy series: a group of three young siblings go on holiday to a big old house, where they get tangled up in things they don't understand, to do with magic and saving the world. I could almost be describing Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone. There's the usual big brother character: William in this book, Simon in Susan Cooper's books; the spoilsport middle child who ultimately goes along with it and does well anyway: Mary in...more
Julie
After I checked this out from the library, A. refused to read it, so I decided I’d take a look. I have to agree with his taste – it wasn’t really worth the time. It has many of the features I like in kids’ magic books: a house with a mysterious secret, uncanny happenings, odd coincidences. The result, though, seems more like a pastiche of its much better forebears than anything original.
Carry
i watched the tv series of these books years ago and couldn't really remember what happened. these books are definitely more for kids, but it was quite good, even if i can't really remember any of it from the tv show. the only problem i have is that the rest of them are back home from grimsby. might have to get my mum to post them up for me!
Angela Alcorn
This was one of the books featured at the back of The Spook's Curse, so I'm guessing if you liked that book this one might go down well too.
Rose
It was an okay fantasy, typical British kids' story of a house with magic. But there are strange adult themes shoved into it, and they don't blend. (Strong vegetarianism and an anti-marriage thread. They don't fit at all.)
Olivia
Okay, so I read this book when I was a kid and I've been trying to find it again for a long time. It's amazing. I loved it and now I'm going to go and buy it off of amazon before I forget the title for another seven years.
Sally
Kind of like a 90s Famous Five sort of feel. Enjoyable stuff! This first one started off a bit slow, but definitely picked up and was loads of fun. Now to read the rest :D
Six-Fingered Nigel
Really loved this book. It was funny and intriguing. Had a slight Narnia feel to it but also completely different.
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William Corlett (8 October 1938 - 16 August 2005), was an English children's writer, best known for his quartet of novels, The Magician's House, published between 1990 and 1992.

Corlett was born in Darlington, County Durham. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, then trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor while embarking on a literary career during t...more
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