The Tower at the End of the World (Lewis Barnavelt, #9)
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The Tower at the End of the World (Lewis Barnavelt #9)

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When Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and their friends Rose Rita Pottinger and Mrs. Zimmermann take a trip to a small town near Lake Superior, they expect a pleasant vacation. Instead, they find themselves facing the ghastly Ishmael Izard, son of the fiendish creator of the Doomsday Clock that was once hidden in the walls of Uncle Jonathan's house. Ishmael himself is a cruel an...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Puffin (first published January 1st 2001)
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Justin  K. Rivers
It's been several decades since The House With a Clock In Its Walls, and there's a very good reason for that. Bellairs told all the story he could reasonably tell about Issac Izzard and the Doomsday Clock. It was a simple plot that served to introduce us to likable characters and move them forward in their arcs, which were followed up in two direct sequels. Basically, there doesn't seem to be a very good reason to write another sequel, and if the story doesn't need to be told, that's a red flag...more
Ken
This one lost me. I was comfortable with the story, as shallow as it was, up until the final two or three chapters when things just kind of fell apart for me. The flow of the story became very disjointed. In general, I liked the premise. But, the story just felt rushed and lacking.

2 STARS
Jacquelyn
Parts of this book were really good and other parts seemed to skip around and not flow as well. It was ok.
Drew
I know John Bellairs. I have read many John Bellairs books. And Mr. Strickland, sir, you are no John Bellairs. Nice try, though; a lot of the right elements are there, and it's a treat to revisit these characters whom I've loved since maybe second grade. Hopefully kids who pick this up will go back to the original books, which are much subtler and richer in character.
Erin
Yes, this a good creepy installment in the series. They brought back some old plot points, and Lewis was just as nervous as always!
D.
The voice is close but not quite there.
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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...more
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