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The Steps Up the Chimney (The Magician's House Quartet #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  375 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
William, Mary and Alice arrive at Golden House on their Christmas holidays, and it doesn't take them long to realise that there is something mysterious about the ancient house. William's inquisitiveness draws them to the secret steps up the chimney and into the secret room where the magician lives.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 27th 1992 by Arrow Books (first published 1990)
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Elvira
Jan 01, 2016 Elvira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magisk, re-read
3.5

en till omläsning av en mellanåldern-fantasy jag slukade som kanske 10-åring! Denna är från 1990 men känns väldigt tidlös. jag hade faktiskt kunnat tro att den var skriven typ i år - den är full av feministiska tankar och Phoebe, barnens moster är vegetarian. så himla kul med en barnbok som vågar väva in sådana saker! överlag är det här rätt så lite magi och äventyr och mer deras vardag på gyllene huset. det är småspännande men mest är det mysig läsning med en intressant twist på magi. man fi
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Brina
Dec 14, 2011 Brina rated it liked it
Für William, Mary und Alice ist Weihnachten dieses Jahr kein gewöhnliches Weihnachtsfest. Da ihre Eltern durch ihre Arbeit im Ausland sind, verbringen die Geschwister ihre Winterferien im Golden House bei ihrem Onkel Jack und dessen schwangerer Freundin.
Wohl fühlen sich die Kinder jedoch nicht im Golden House. Das Haus wirkt kalt, abgelegen und unheimlich, dazu fühlen sie sich von drei Tieren beobachtet, die anscheinend überall auftauchen, wo auch sie sind. Gleichzeitig entdecken sie bei einem
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Brina
Dec 14, 2011 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Für William, Mary und Alice ist Weihnachten dieses Jahr kein gewöhnliches Weihnachtsfest. Da ihre Eltern durch ihre Arbeit im Ausland sind, verbringen die Geschwister ihre Winterferien im Golden House bei ihrem Onkel Jack und dessen schwangerer Freundin.
Wohl fühlen sich die Kinder jedoch nicht im Golden House. Das Haus wirkt kalt, abgelegen und unheimlich, dazu fühlen sie sich von drei Tieren beobachtet, die anscheinend überall auftauchen, wo auch sie sind. Gleichzeitig entdecken sie bei einem
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Brina
Nov 04, 2011 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Für William, Mary und Alice ist Weihnachten dieses Jahr kein gewöhnliches Weihnachtsfest. Da ihre Eltern durch ihre Arbeit im Ausland sind, verbringen die Geschwister ihre Winterferien im Golden House bei ihrem Onkel Jack und dessen schwangerer Freundin.
Wohl fühlen sich die Kinder jedoch nicht im Golden House. Das Haus wirkt kalt, abgelegen und unheimlich, dazu fühlen sie sich von drei Tieren beobachtet, die anscheinend überall auftauchen, wo auch sie sind. Gleichzeitig entdecken sie bei einem R
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Benjamin Thomas
I'm certainly no expert on young adult novels. I read several each year largely because my children have read them and talk about them and so I get interested in them. I've also played with the idea of trying to write one some day and therefore ought to read them. And, I will say, that I keep reading them because I flat out enjoy them. But while reading The Steps Up the Chimney by William Corlett I began to ponder just what makes a novel a "young adult" novel. It's not that they're simplified fo ...more
Deviki
I bought this book on a big book sale nearby my office. The problem with big book sales, I pick books purely base on its synopsis. But the moment I flipped the cover I saw this book is a series and I didn’t know about it until I actually wanted to read this book which is one month after the sale! ARUGH
Anyway this is a good read. I liked the plot, the mystery, the characters and also the setting in this book. It would have been an easy read, but I found it a little difficult to “picture” the mili
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Nikki
Jun 04, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
I suppose the premise of these books is very typical of a children's fantasy series: a group of three young siblings go on holiday to a big old house, where they get tangled up in things they don't understand, to do with magic and saving the world. I could almost be describing Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone. There's the usual big brother character: William in this book, Simon in Susan Cooper's books; the spoilsport middle child who ultimately goes along with it and does well anyway: Mary in ...more
Angela Tuson
May 08, 2015 Angela Tuson rated it liked it
Pre-Harry Potter [just] real-world meets magic. I thought that the children were realisticly written (inexperienced intelligent persons coping with an unlooked-for situation, ie being dumped on their uncle while their parents were away, who were occassionally brilliant and occassionally whining and unreasonable). I liked the disliked aunt and how she explained vegetarianism. I just thought the Wizard showed up too near the end (or at least, was recognised too near the end) and was too little in ...more
Jools
Oct 14, 2016 Jools rated it really liked it
Mixes magic and mystery nicely. It is definitely a book of its time and the attitudes of the children would seem strange to todays youngsters. But, as I am not young, I am enjoying the story and smiling at how straight-laced the children are (even for 1990 when the book was first published).
The magical elements between the children and the animals are gorgeous. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the quartet.
Carry
Jul 03, 2011 Carry rated it really liked it
i watched the tv series of these books years ago and couldn't really remember what happened. these books are definitely more for kids, but it was quite good, even if i can't really remember any of it from the tv show. the only problem i have is that the rest of them are back home from grimsby. might have to get my mum to post them up for me!
Julie
Dec 10, 2007 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After I checked this out from the library, A. refused to read it, so I decided I’d take a look. I have to agree with his taste – it wasn’t really worth the time. It has many of the features I like in kids’ magic books: a house with a mysterious secret, uncanny happenings, odd coincidences. The result, though, seems more like a pastiche of its much better forebears than anything original.
Angela Randall
This was one of the books featured at the back of The Spook's Curse, so I'm guessing if you liked that book this one might go down well too.
Rose
Mar 05, 2008 Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay fantasy, typical British kids' story of a house with magic. But there are strange adult themes shoved into it, and they don't blend. (Strong vegetarianism and an anti-marriage thread. They don't fit at all.)
Kathrin Passig
Dec 26, 2014 Kathrin Passig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Drei Sterne, weil insgesamt doch nicht so viel passiert und die pädagogischen Ideen (Vegetarismus, Feminismus, Umweltschutz) ziemlich breit ausgewalzt werden. Aber Tendenz zu vier, weil: Geheimgang! Einer der besten Geheimgänge überhaupt.
Tyra Martin
Oct 24, 2015 Tyra Martin rated it really liked it
i only read this book because i got it as a Christmas present like two years ago . it was actually good and interesting . you want to know if a book is good ? read it before you go to sleep and if you fall asleep while reading its bad , and if you don't its good .
Olivia
May 29, 2008 Olivia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-borens
Okay, so I read this book when I was a kid and I've been trying to find it again for a long time. It's amazing. I loved it and now I'm going to go and buy it off of amazon before I forget the title for another seven years.
Sally
Kind of like a 90s Famous Five sort of feel. Enjoyable stuff! This first one started off a bit slow, but definitely picked up and was loads of fun. Now to read the rest :D
Elena Bouldoukian
I think these Books, this story must have been one of the most influential on me. I can still see the world I dived in when I read the book, thinking of it now.
Sophie Mckenzie
Aug 14, 2014 Sophie Mckenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series as a teenager. Very compelling stories of adventure, up there with my all time favourite, the Mennyms.
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Oct 24, 2012 Six-Fingered Nigel rated it really liked it
Really loved this book. It was funny and intriguing. Had a slight Narnia feel to it but also completely different.
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William Corlett (8 October 1938 - 16 August 2005), was an English children's writer, best known for his quartet of novels, The Magician's House, published between 1990 and 1992.

Corlett was born in Darlington, County Durham. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, then trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor while embarking on a literary career during t
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Other Books in the Series

The Magician's House Quartet (4 books)
  • The Door in the Tree (The Magician's House Quartet, #2)
  • The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall (The Magician's House Quartet, #3)
  • The Bridge in the Clouds (The Magician's House Quartet, #4)

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