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The Doom of the Haunted Opera (Lewis Barnavelt #6)

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When Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger explore an abandoned theater, they discover an unpublished opera score. Ignoring a strange omen, they show it to their music teacher, who heralds The Day of Doom as a masterpiece. Then eerie Henry Vanderhelm, the composer's grandson, arrives-with a plan to awaken the dead and enslave the world!

The late John Bellairs was the crit
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Hardcover, 153 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Jennifer
i'll be the first to admit that i love john bellairs. love love love him. some of his books, first read when i was 10 or 11, gave me the heebie-jeebies well into adulthood. i'm very glad that brad strickland took up the torch and all, but i admit that i can tell it's more his story than mr. bellairs'.

one thing that tends to irritate me about books that follow an author or a certain field (i'm looking at you, star wars books) is that sometimes the new authors tend to throw in things that show th
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Justin  K. Rivers
Oct 06, 2010 Justin K. Rivers rated it liked it
After the exotic travels of Rose Rita and Lewis in their prior two adventures, coming back to Michigan seems somewhat anticlimactic. I love the title of this book, but it doesn't quite live up to its potential. The idea of a haunted opera is interesting, but the plot hinges on enough randomness to make it seem a bit weak. Although the conclusion is a rather typical Bellairs-style resolution, Strickland has already demonstrated that he can do a bit better.

I did like the incremental subjugation of
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Hannah
Mar 06, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
A fun, scary, and adventurous book! It may be the reading level of a 7th grader, but it still has that magical feeling of horror that Goose-Bumps used to give us. Highly Recommend!
Abby
Dec 31, 2015 Abby added it
Had totally forgotten this one--delightfully creepy concept
Erin
Nov 14, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, young-adult, 2013
Ah, finaly back to just the right amount of creepiness. I adore this series, and this was one of the best ones in it so far. Operas of the dead and a fog that traps the whole town, and Lewis and Rose Rita being themselves trying to save everyone, it's perfect.

And can I just say how awesome the ghost was? He begins by being so spooky and doing the ghost voice, then just starts talking normally when asked to. Made me laugh, it was great.
Willow
Oct 18, 2007 Willow rated it it was amazing
Any of John Bellairs books are worth the time, gothic novellas for young adults. I loved him and the illustrations by Edward Gorey years ago, and still do. The stories are always about old curses, evil sorcerers trying to kill off humanity, the seraphim and cherabim, solving occult mysteries, time travel, the light of the moon reflecting off a certain mirror which creates a tunnel to some ancient evil. Great stuff!
Ken
Aug 14, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-reader
The town of New Zebedee is cut off from the outside world by a powerful wizard who wants to raise the dead and enslave them. Uncle Jonathon and Mrs. Zimmermann are out of town on wizard business and are unaware of the happenings in their hometown, leaving Lewis and Rose Rita to figure out how to stop the evil wizard's plans.

4 STARS
Matthew Connolly
Apr 12, 2013 Matthew Connolly rated it liked it
A fairly run-of-the-mill Bellairs (Bellairs-type, anyway) adventure, given a bit of a lift by two interesting concepts:

(a) the idea of a magical spell so complex that it can only be cast by a fully staged operatic performance; and

(b) the incidental inclusion of a monster eerily similar to the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who!
Alberto
Mar 09, 2009 Alberto rated it it was amazing
In the book by John Bellairs I learned that friendship can go to extremes.One way that I noticed is when they walked on a ledge of a building to get a sacred charm to save a friend. Then all of a sudeden the building just breaks down and gets destroyed.
Tara Lynn
Dec 08, 2008 Tara Lynn rated it liked it
While I normally LOVE Bellairs, this mystery, written in part by Bellairs and finished by Brad Strickland, just didn't appeal for me.
Ethan
Apr 01, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it
Brad managed to finish this one well. Another wonderful Lewis Barenvalt tale.
BOBBI
Aug 04, 2009 BOBBI rated it really liked it
good read, has interesting twists to it.
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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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