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The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder (Lewis Barnavelt #5)

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Something evil has taken over…

Lewis Barnavelt and his uncle are in England, visiting a cousin at Barnavelt Manor. Lewis quickly becomes friends with the housekeeper’s son, and as the two boys explore a garden maze, Lewis accidentally unleashes demonic forces that summon the ghost of an evil wizard bent on destroying his entire family. Can Lewis fight the maniacal wizard,
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Paperback, 153 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1993)
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Tara Lynn
Dec 08, 2008 Tara Lynn rated it really liked it
When John Bellairs passed away, Brad Strickland, a longtime fan, finished many of the incomplete novels that Bellairs had left behind. This story, the Vengeance of the Witchfinder, was one of those. In the canon of the story timeline, about a year and a half after Mrs. Zimmerman loses her powers in "The Figure in the Shadows," Jonathan and Lewis take a trip across Europe, where they meet up with European cousins. I enjoyed this story, although the "Ghost in the Mirror," which follow what happens ...more
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Lewis Branavelt and Uncle Jonathan Barnavelt are in England to visit their cousin at the family estate, Barnavelt Manor. An exciting trip to learn more about the family history and see where Sherlock Holmes once roamed.

At the Manor, Lewis meets his Cousin Pelly and also becomes friends with the housekeeper's son Bertram. Even though Bertram has bad eyesight, he knows the property like the back of his hand and plays tour guide for Lewis.

While exploring the maze, the two boys accidently unleash a
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Miss Amanda
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gr 4-6 152 pgs

1951, England. Lewis travels with his uncle to visit a distant relative at his manor house in the English countryside. Once there, he meets Bertie, the housekeeper's son. Together they accidently release the ghost of Malachiah Pruitt, a witch finder who accused Lewis' ancestor of being a witch. It turns out that Pruitt was right, but Lewis' ancestor was a good wizard and impressioned Pruitt, a evil wizard, to prevent him from harming anyone else. But now Pruitt has escaped and it i
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Justin  K. Rivers
The story runs concurrently with that of Ghost in the Mirror, a concept that works nicely. It gives the audience a chance to spend more time with the characters, and gives the characters room to grow a little. Aside from the somewhat maudlin blind sidekick, this novel is pretty strong. It's got some great atmospheric set pieces, (the crumbling mansion and the maze)and a story that not only ties into actual history, but also fleshes out the history of the Barnavelts as well.
Ethan
Mar 10, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty entertaining. It would have been fun to have the roserita/zimmerman plot from Ghost in the mirror running concurrent to be part of the same book, even though their plots had little to do with each other's
Erin
Jun 20, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: series, childrens, 2013
Hmm, not my favorite of the series. Really seemed like there wasn't much of a story at all, just a lot of build up. It was a quick fun read though.
Josephine
Jun 01, 2014 Josephine rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I'm glad Brad Strickland picked up where John Bellairs left off after his untimely death...but the writing's not quite the same. Not that that stops me from reading them multiple times...
Elizabeth
Mar 22, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Strickland does a fantastic job of carrying Bellairs' characters along, but the creeping menace that had always made Bellairs' books more than just children's fare is missing.
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The ones not completed by Brad Strickland are better but it's still in Bellairs' style.
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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 f ...more
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