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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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Simon Pulse (first published 1990)
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Angela Tuson
Pre-Harry Potter [just] real-world meets magic. I thought that the children were realisticly written (inexperienced intelligent persons coping with an unlooked-for situation, ie being dumped on their uncle while their parents were away, who were occassionally brilliant and occassionally whining and unreasonable). I liked the disliked aunt and how she explained vegetarianism. I just thought the Wizard showed up too near the end (or at least, was recognised too near the end) and was too little in ...more
Deviki
I bought this book on a big book sale nearby my office. The problem with big book sales, I pick books purely base on its synopsis. But the moment I flipped the cover I saw this book is a series and I didn’t know about it until I actually wanted to read this book which is one month after the sale! ARUGH
Anyway this is a good read. I liked the plot, the mystery, the characters and also the setting in this book. It would have been an easy read, but I found it a little difficult to “picture” the mili
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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
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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
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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
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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
Kathrin Passig
Drei Sterne, weil insgesamt doch nicht so viel passiert und die pädagogischen Ideen (Vegetarismus, Feminismus, Umweltschutz) ziemlich breit ausgewalzt werden. Aber Tendenz zu vier, weil: Geheimgang! Einer der besten Geheimgänge überhaupt.
Sophie Mckenzie
I loved this series as a teenager. Very compelling stories of adventure, up there with my all time favourite, the Mennyms.
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.
Aira Bulquerin
Their adventure is awesome.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Magician's House Quartet (4 books)
  • The Door in the Tree (The Magician's House Quartet, #2)
  • The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall (The Magician's House Quartet, #3)
  • The Bridge in the Clouds (The Magician's House Quartet, #4)
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