The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
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The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (Lewis Barnavelt #1-3)

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring are three magically eerie tales gathered in this one-volume edition. The series opens as Lewis Barnavelt, a newly orphaned ten-year-old, comes to live with his Uncle Johnathan. Little does Lewis know that Uncle Johnathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman are witc...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Barnes & Noble Books
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Stephanie Mohler
I loved these books when I was a kid- still love them. They're comforting and creepy. The House With a Clock in its Walls even has illustrations by Edward Gorey- my favorite!
This edition includes the first three books of the Lewis Barnavelt series by John Bellairs.

I picked this YA book up in trade at my favorite used bookstore. I dropped off a bag of books for which they gave me $125 of store credit. I got this hardcover edition for $1.25 of that store credit and was out of pocket $0.18 ($0.12 tax plus $0.06 handling fee). I hate to use the cliche, but...WINNING!

This series of stories is set in New Zebedee, Michigan. Lewis Barnavlet is orphaned when his parents are...more
I remember John Bellairs from a long time ago growing up, and was quite pleased to reacquaint myself with his work. I thought of him as YA, but after conversations with friends, I think it's more technically middle-grade; the transition to young-adulthood is what occupies most of the protagonists of these three books collected into one volume.

"The House With a Clock in Its Walls" and "The Figure in the Shadows" follow Lewis Barnavelt as he comes to live with his uncle Jonathan following the deat...more
Aug 04, 2011 Glenys added it
These were some of my favorite books as a child. I think I'd have to consider John Bellairs one of the greatest children's writers ever. The stories are so wonderful and engaging, the characters so full of depth...I still enjoy re-reading them! Bellairs manages so successfully to create a world that children can relate to, one where magic is lurking around every corner (and behind every wall ;) ), where good prevails over evil, and the most unsuspecting children end up being the heroes. It's the...more
This review celebrates not just one of John Bellairs books, it is meant to celebrate them all! I found them when I worked in a children's bookstore (long ago) and read them from first to last copy. Afterwards I shelved them until my boys (now men) were ready to read them. the oldest liked them but had other interests bookwise so again they were shelved until the youngest found them and he loved them ! Now it is time for 3 of my grandkids to "discover" them and I will enjoy watching them fa...more
Taty Igidbashian
I chose this book because the cover caught my eye and the title seemed interesting.Basically,it's about a boy named John Bellairs and he goes and visits his uncle who is rich and they travel to a place called New Zebedee and in that house are clocks in the walls.They don't know a first where the ticking was coming from and John hears it.I thought the author's writing style was very descriptive and it made me want to read the whole book in one day.I really would recommend this book to people who...more
Why didn't I know about John Bellairs when I was young? Spooky, suspenseful, and not afraid of the supernatural. These are not books that end with a rational explanation for all that has gone before; ghosts and witches and demons and other supernatural creatures are accepted as normal and natural. Quirky and a bit off kilter, as well.
Kari Chapman
I only read the first story in this collection. It was a very solid young adult book, with a nice mystery, fun characters and good adventure. However, it wasn't enough to hold my attention as an adult reader. I imagine either my husband or I will be reading this to our daughter when she's old enough though.
Kate Savage
Bellairs details the adventures of Lewis, a dumpy, uncomfortable kid. He's recently orphaned and must live with his uncle in small town Michigan. Mild madness ensues.The characters are realistic and enjoyable. This series is great for kids and adults. Great illustrations too.
Christopher Daniel Miles
These were great when I read them as a child and seem just as good to me now. I suppose it helps that I can imagine the fictional locations, having grown up in the area New Zebedee, Michigan was modeled on.
The book is more than one story and I am only on the first one so I can’t say much about it other than it is very descriptive. But very good so far and very long and heavy!
amazing!!! simply amazing!!! awesome!!!
Micah Brown
Ahhh kids books :-)
Great author!
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John Bellairs (1938–1991) was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre. He is best-known for the children's classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973) and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost (1969). Bellairs held a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and a master's in English from the University of Chicago. He combined writing and teaching fr...more
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