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Spellbound (The Books of Elsewhere #2)

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The mysteries grow deeper and the secrets darker in the second volume of the New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

With no way into the McMartin house's magical paintings and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door mentions a grimoire—a spellbook—Ol
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Dial (first published July 1st 2011)
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Erin
Nov 25, 2011 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers, fantasy enthusiasts, those who appreciate good children's books
This is the second book in a lovely children's series by Jacqueline West. Odds are you've never read it.

I think Spellbound wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, but hot diggity dog was it still fun to read.

Why I Loved It
No question here-- the talking cats MADE this story. Horatio, Leopold, and Harvey are basically my new best friends. Somebody somewhere needs to name their cats after these guys, cause they deserve it. Leopold especially continues to deliver epic cuteness, and remains my fav
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Tatiana
Mysterious evil lurks at every corner in the second installment in "The Books of Elsewhere, Book 2: Spellbound." It has only been a few weeks since Olive buried the sinister painting of Annabelle McMartin and has broken the magic eyeglass frames of creepy Aldous McMartin. Of course, Olive feels obligated in trying to save her friend Morton from his permanent purgatory of being a painted person instead of being human. So, she tries again to search for clues in her home with her three feline frien ...more
Vicki
Loved it...and so, it seems, do the young readers who've been anxiously waiting since last summer for this second in the Elsewhere series! The power and charm of West's writing for children seem to lie in her delightful sense of humor, her sensitive portrayal of young characters, and her unerring recall of even the most detailed childhood experiences. (Yes, those Freeze Pop bags do sort of cut the inside of your mouth while you're sucking the last of the flavor out of the icicle inside!) I'm enj ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Olive and her parents live in a large, old house where an evil woman once lived. The girl has few contacts with people, depending on her friendship with Morton, a child she met inside a painting, and the three cats who came with the house. But she no longer has the glasses that helped her climb inside the paintings and the cats have become even more aloof. Then a new character steps into her world: Rutherford, the grandson of a neighbor, brings his curiosity, his knowledge of all things knightly ...more
Jessica Harrison
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“Spellbound” opens where “The Shadows” left off. Olive successfully stopped the McMartins, but Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. Olive’s magical glasses broke in the battle, and she has no way to get back inside the paintings on her own. The three guardian cats could help her return, but they’re reluctant to help.

With each day that passes, the weight of leaving Morton behind grows. So when Rutherford, Olive’s new neighbor, suggests the McMartins may
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Tasha
This second book in The Books of Elsewhere series is just as magical as the first. Olive is still searching for a way to save Morton, the boy trapped inside a painting. Now that the spectacles are broken, Olive must rely on the permission of one of the three cats to enter the paintings. But nothing she tries is working. So when her new neighbor, Rutherford, mentions that there may be a spellbook left by the McMartins, Olive immediately begins searching. When she finds it though, she may not be r ...more
Brenda
Nov 02, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle graders who love spooky stories.
Shelves: fantasy
Spellbound, the second novel in The Books of Elsewhere series features Olive a young girl who is determined to help free her friend Morton from the painting he is trapped in. Where in book one Olive had magical spectacles that allowed her to enter paintings, now she will need something more. Something that seems to be calling her to release it from the clasp of a pair of large bony hands. Will Olive be able to convince the three guardian cats of the house to help her? Or will the new boy next do ...more
Cindy
With Morton still a painting and Olive's unique inquisitive nature readers venture into the world of Elsewhere in this second installment of the series.

All the elements that I loved about the first book - the talking cats, the real nature of Olive (Hey it's a character who makes mistakes and does things on her own and isn't perfect all the time), as well as the magic and mystery of Elsewhere are all in this second installment.

West introduces some new elements such as a new character and reader
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Amy M
Fantastic! Jacqueline West manages to make the second book in her series as interesting as the first. I was pleasantly surprised that Spellbound takes an even darker turn than book one. Olive's search for the McMartin's book of spells results in Olive turning against those she loves.

The character of Rutherford was incredibly amusing (especially read by audiobook narrator Lexy Fridell, whose childlike voice is a constant and delightful surprise) and I was glad to learn more about the neighbors.
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Laura
Oh, Olive. You and your curious ways! I kept getting mad at her choices, and then I remembered I'm an adult ... reading a story through the lens of a pre-teen. Ha! I didn't love this book as much as the first in the series, The Shadows The Books of Elsewhere 1, but still a great story. And I love the cats. A little slow at the beginning, but stick with it. You won't be disappointed. Jacqueline West is a fresh voice. I can't wait to read the next book, The Second Spy.
Karen Arendt
Very good continuation of The Book of Elsewhere. Olive finds a spell book of the McMartin family. She also meets her neighbor Rutherford, who always turns up at odd moments. Morton wants to find out what happened to his family and get out of the painting.... Lots of action and suspense, especially when the book of spells starts to turn Olive into an evil person....
Ann
This was wonderful! This second installment in the Books of Elsewhere series is yet another great mix of humor, insight, and suspense from Jacqueline West. Once I hit Chapter 10, I honestly could not put the book down again until I had finished it. It will be difficult to wait until the summer of 2012 to find out what happens in book #3!
Michelle
This is a wonderfully creepy second in the series of Elsewhere. Olive is a spunky female character. She is trying to save Morton from inside a painting where he's been spellbound by a wizard. She also meets a new neighbor boy, Rutherford, who turns out to be very helpful.
Bradley Mavericks
I gave "Spellbound" by Jacqueline West 4 stars because however much it was good and interesting, it still wasn't nearly as interesting as the preceding book "The Shadows". There aren't as many discoveries about Elsewhere, but the secrets the characters learn about Elsewhere are deeper and darker. What I didn't like about the plot was that Olive Dunwoody, the main character, becomes somewhat possessed by the house she lives in. Olive is left pretty much friendless as her allies leave her one by ...more
Sandy
This series is fun. I sometimes wish I had a little girl that I could read stories like this with. I'm looking forward to more adventures with Olive and her funny cats.
Delaney
I liked this book much better than the first. I put my back against the wall so that nobody would sneak up on me. I really enjoyed this book.
Cathy
I adore Olive and pals. Each page keeps me going after more like river rafting. West is talented and I'll dive into more.
Katie Whittemore
This is the second book in the mysterious serious of The Books of Elswhere. I think this book answered much more questions than the first one (the secrets) , but I also think that it lacked action is some chapters( not very many). I think that the " groimore controlling its user" theory is very common, because I have read several books that use they theory. I have to say that I did not see it coming that Ms. Nivens was a painting or Morton's sister. Overall, I think this book had more surprises, ...more
Victoria
Just another one of Jaqueline West's great miserious novels. Can't wait for the next one!
Christian H
such a good book but not as good as the other 2
Lanie Sanders
Another wonderful addition to the "books of elsewhere" series. Here, our loveable, creative, and slightly naïve main character Olive returned for a new and exciting children's urban fantasy adventure. The magic here grows up a bit, if that makes sense. it's little darker, more fleshed out. but not to spooky for it's intended audience. nope, it's just right. :D I love this series especially Harvey, my personal favorite of the talking cats, and our newest character, Rutherford. A nerdy little boy ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
In The Books of Elsewhere #1: Shadows, Olive Dunwoody moved into an old Victorian mansion that looked as if nothing had been moved since the day the previous owner died many years before. And it hadn’t! The furniture, the clocks, the mirrors, the paintings on the walls - all were exactly the way they were the moment the former owner died…as well as the clothes and personal items neatly folded in the drawers.

When Olive found an old fashioned pair of glasses that allowed her to “fall” right into t
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
Olive is back, and she has a bit more to contend with in this sequel. The new little boy next door is odd, the guardians are acting even odder, and her parents are, well...mathematicians.

If this was not enough, now she must find a spell book to help her release Morton from Elsewhere. Luckily she has three trusty guardians to help keep her out of trouble (and away from that book), or are they as trustworthy as they appear?

Readers will not spend as much time in Elsewhere in this sequel, but they
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Jasmine Rose
Spellbound is a fantastic continuation of The Books of Elsewhere series. There’s more talking cats, of course, but this time an unpleasant book and some new friends (as well as some old) make an appearance as well.

I rather liked Rutheford. He was just slightly odd which made him a bit like Olive, in that sense, but just strange enough that it added to his quirkiness and made me like him all the more.

Olive was still the tough, plucky heroine of our first book, but this time stubbornness also get
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Barb Middleton
My journal has the word, "shespies" and I'm thinking what is that? It's actually "she spies." She, is Olive, and the object of her spying, is Rutherford, a new character in book 2, who talks so fast he puts entire sentences together. So "she spies Rutherford in the garden" sounds like "shespiesrutherfordinthegarden." Guess I was unconsciously getting into the character which is easy to do with West. Her characters are distinct, memorable, and flawed. Take Olive. You can count on Olive getting he ...more
Briana
Spellbound is a very solid addition to The Books of Elsewhere series, featuring the same lovable characters as well as the newly introduced Rutherford, a rather charming brainiac who enjoys dinosaurs and the Middle Ages. The plot is nothing wild (the official summary gives the gist of it), but the book does not have to be unpredictable in order to be enjoyable. Though it does have its creepy moments, as the McMartins exercise their powers even from beyond the grave, the true draw are really the ...more
Leslie
Olive could not just leave well enough alone–her curiosity insatiable. And she may have an idea as to how to help Morton become a real boy again and get out of Elsewhere–at least, she’s looking for ideas. If only the cats were not keeping more secrets from her.

A neighbor’s odd grandson Rutherford redeems his interruption with a great idea: surely the witches who lived in the house before the Dunwoodys had a grimoire–a spellbook! Olive begins her hunt and it becomes unclear who is hunting whom as
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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Spellbound
Jacqueline West
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Series: The Books of Elsewhere (Book 2)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (May 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142421022
This review is also posted on www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Sequels can be the hardest thing to write. When the first book in a series is successful, it is a difficult thing for an author to capture what made their work successful and bring it to a new place expanding the story and not simply r
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Allison
Anyone in Illinois familiar with the Bluestem list will recognize Olive Dunwoodey. The first book in this series appeared on the Bluestem list for 2013. I enjoyed the first book very much and eagerly opened the second.

And while I enjoyed the book, I've read better. Olive meets her new neighbor, a boy named Rutherford who is somewhat of a know-it-all on the middle ages and dinosaurs. In order to impress him, Olive mentions witches used to live in the house. He asks if she's found their spellbook
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Terrie
Olive is back in Spellbound, Jacqueline West’s second novel in The Books of Elsewhere series. Although Olive narrowly escapes in The Shadows, book one of the series, the evil McMartins have not been completely destroyed. Courageous Olive is determined to rescue sweet, little Morton from his imprisonment inside the painting. Unfortunately, the magical spectacles which allowed Olive to go in and out of pictures are broken. Things start to look hopeful once again when the new neighbor boy named Rut ...more
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