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The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (Lewis Barnavelt #12)

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Lewis's hopes for a peaceful summer vacation are shattered as one accident after another plagues him. Is all his bad luck really just a coincidence? Or does it have something to do with the mysterious hooded figure he keeps seeing?
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Dial (first published 2008)
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Jan 14, 2013 Christiane rated it liked it
Not the best in the series but these are a guilty pleasure for me so I read them all anyway. The very best are the original books by John Bellairs (for example, The House With a Clock In Its Walls) but Brad Strickland does a good job duplicating the feel of these scary but ultimately safe (the action pauses for everyone to have milk and chocolate cake) mysteries.
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Nov 25, 2011 Justin K. Rivers rated it really liked it
I can't say it's great, but it's Strickland's strongest outing in a long while. This novel explores the magic angle a bit more, clearly responding to Harry Potter. Uncle Jonathan has an interesting part to play, and there is a twist ending that works very well. The resolution feels earned and at-home.

This is the last entry in the Lewis Barnavelt series to date. And although Strickland has done some good things with the series, and delivered an exciting tale in this outing, my ambivalence about
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Sep 08, 2010 Mukta Mohapatra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so grateful that Brad Strickland is continuing to write for my favorite childhood literary characters.
Lewis Barnavelt once again finds himself in trouble because of his naivete. While the book was a little more emotional than the writings of John Bellairs, I was happy to read about their continued adventures.
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Mar 29, 2010 Cathy Hall rated it really liked it
Okay, this really wasn't that scary. But I liked the characters-actually, I loved the characters. And I could see where this would appeal to 4th or 5th graders who like scary stuff, but not too scary. And I kinda liked the old-fashioned flavor.
Jan 26, 2009 Reita rated it it was ok
Truly a juvenile fiction book. I thought there would be more mystery, more magic, more story line. It was ok but I doubt I'll read any of the other Bellairs mysteries.
Aug 25, 2009 Kimberly marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Oh my gosh, I totally thought that Brad Strickland had stopped writing this series! I can't wait to read this one and the rest of the ones that I've missed!
Jun 30, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, young-adult, 2014
What a great book to end the series with. I'm just sad that the series is done with, I really loved these books and the characters.
Nov 28, 2011 Polly rated it liked it
Neither the best nor the worst of Brad Strickland's attempts to continue the legacy of John Bellairs.
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Jan 17, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
Interesting, yet, odd!
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William Bradley Strickland (b. 1947) is the author (or co-author) of over 60 novels and over 60 pieces of short fiction and poetry.

Born in New Hollard, Strickland earned his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Georgia. He has taught English courses at the University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University, Truett-McConnell College, and, since 1987, at Gainesville State College.

His first
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