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In the Window Room

(The Histories of Earth #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  61 reviews
"There are secret passages all around you if you know where to look for them."

Delany was being punished, and deep in her heart, past the excuses she'd like to make for herself, she knew she'd almost deserved it. And even though that girl, Mattie, had said something dreadful about her father, she knew that she should not have fought with her. Though one can never rewind his
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Globe Light Press
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-fiction
This book was GREAT! The way Mr.Carroll described the setting and the events made it to were I didn't want to put the book down. In The Window Room was very well written. For a short novel, I would recommend this book. Keep up the good work Mr.Carroll! I recieved this book, for free, from the Goodreads First Reads. ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free through Goodreads First reads.
When this book arrived, my son saw it and then kept nagging me to read it quickly so he could have it! The picture on the front really appealed to him and his love of fantasy/adventure books. It didn't take long to read the book as it is quite short, it is a lovely little story, which I am sure is aimed at children, but is perfectly readable by adults. I really liked that the story wasn't too scary or sad, so I felt happy giving it to my 9
Lindsay Mead
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Truly a delightful and interesting read. For more details check out my spoiler-free video review here: ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great fantasy fiction book that is full of adventure. I enjoyed this book a lot.I have even checked out the author's music videos on you tube, that are great as well. He has a lot to offer from this book to music. This book is about two young girl's who go on adventures in the window room of a house and they make a lot of friends along the way. It has a king that's bad, lazy guards and a prince who is up for murder. I liked this book a lot. I can't wait to read the other books that the ...more
Julie Drucker
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. This a quick read and a cute book. For those young readers who love adventure I would highly recommend this book! It can also be enjoyed by adults too, but is geared toward the young reader. I am definitely an adult, at 50 years young, and I enjoyed the book very much. As this is book one I will be seeking out the other books to read as I was hooked by this read. Although this book ends in such a way that you would not nec ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Before I even begin this review, I would like to thank Steve Carroll for promising a grand adventure and actually delivering it.

EVERY night before bed, I enjoy picking up a book, even if just for a few minutes and sometimes literally seconds, to wind down the day. I normally go straight for the light, entertaining stuff especially after a long, difficult day; this book definitely fit the bill. "In the Window Room" is a creatively crafted "children's book" for whimsical grown-ups. The novel is na
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It has many twists and turns. I think it would be perfect for the 'tween age. I used to read a ton at that age and it was great to be able to sit down and read a book from an author that was clean, intriguing, and perfect for that age group. As a 20-something, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a page turner. I couldn't put it down! Thanks to the author for writing such a great story with such a different style! ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My 11 year old son, Zachery is already begging me to get the next book. He loved the storyline and says he is excited to read the next book because it will be told from the child's pov.
We are thankful we got to read this book as part of the first reads.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Good kids book, be interesting to see where the rest of the series goes from here.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun little book, it's only 111 pages. This one is all about adventure, and Dell the main character sure knows how to get herself in trouble. It's a great read for early teens, but hey I'm old and enjoyed it as well! There are countless possibilities for future stories, so look forward to more. ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

This was a great story. Adventurous, delightful, and imaginative. I only wish it was longer! I look forward to reading the rest of this wonderful series. There is definite potential here for a more in-depth story line. Can't wait to see what this author will do next.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Georgia Ball
Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
I finished this story wondering if the author had ever read a book prior to writing one. There were actions described in... Brackets?
A short story for the 7-10 year old age group. It has a bit of a The Chronicles of Narnia feel to it. A very short and simple story. ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was extremely dull and needed more transition time between things happening than the author gave.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
** In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose that I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.**

I may revise my star rating after reading the rest of the series, as this was a prequel to the series and it certainly has the potential to be fascinating. *Note: after reading #3, I've gone back and amended (read upgraded) my ratings of Books 1 & 2 to reflect the series as a whole and discount the grammar error and typos

Delaney Calbefur attends the Mayfield School for Girls, where s
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Book One "In the Window Room" of the Histories of Earth series which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a magical escapade that begins when Delany (Del) Calbefur is punished when she gets into a fight with a schoolmate in class and is sent to the mysterious Victorian house called Greyford on the outskirts of Mayfield School for Girls. Alone for the next quarter she roams the house haunted by creaking pipes and strange happenings, finding an attic room with high ceilings, uncovered furniture an ...more
Vermicious Knids
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Wow. The writing of this book is exquisite and I immediately fell in love. Even though it is written for middle school kids, and adult will taken by the vocabulary and writing style of this author. Oh, that more books had such quality writing. Some reviews didn't like the author 'interrupting' his own story, but I thought it made the book a little more whimsical - reminiscent of The Princess Bride-ish.

Then, beyond the writing style, one is set into a dark and mysterious story. A boarding school
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

The plot of this book was quite an intriguing one, but I did struggle a bit with the storyline at times. I have to say, I found it quite strange that teachers would basically insist on leaving a student completely on her own in a house... though I don't actually know how long ago this book is set, so maybe things were different in that time.

The idea of the different worlds was quite a go
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Very cute for a younger audience. I liked the idea and the fantasy elements, but there were some inconsistencies and the writing was a little choppy. He kept alternating between telling the story, telling a joke, and addressing the reader, which in and of itself is not a problem but it didn't always flow. I encountered a couple instances where I was a little confused, like why did Mattie have to go rescue Meris when what ended up happening when she got there was Meris helped Mattie get out? So w ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I won a copy of this through the Goodreads First Reads Program.

Delany, a student at the Mayfield School for Girls, gets punished and is forced to stay alone in an old abandoned home on the edge of the school grounds. As she begins to explore, she finds the window room and a new friend. The window room has a contraption that can transport you to distant lands for set periods of time. Delany and her new friend, Meris, have all kinds of adventures via the window room.

I really enjoyed the premise of
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Steven J. Carroll kindly sent this initial book in The Histories of Earth Series with my copy of A Prince of Earth, second book of The Histories of Earth Series, which I won on Goodreads.

When Delany Calbefur (a Mayfield School For Girls student) misbehaves, she is sent from her dormitory room to live alone in the large and vacant Greyford House as punishment. A maid makes her bed and fills the refrigerator with food, yet Delany is isolated from classmates when she isn't attending classes. While
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a story of Delany Calbefur, who lost her father in the war, her mother to paralyzing grief (thus becoming no mother at all), and Delany then found herself shipped to the Mayfield School for Girls upon advice from her aunt.

At school she was banished to an old house, Greyford House, when she fought with Mattie Hardy about the war and both father's beliefs in said war.

Greyford House was very old, said to be haunted, and not at all an appropriate setting for a young lonely girl, but she disc
First Reads winner! (Now called Goodreads Giveaways)

2 and a half stars.

This little book has a lot of potential -- it includes a creepy house with interesting rooms and passageways, aliens, interplanetary travel, and a similar feel to books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, the Oz series, the Underland Chronicles, and A Wrinkle in Time.

However, a lot of the characters and plot lines could have been developed a lot more. Since the novel was so short, too many of its words are used
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
~Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway~

I think this book is about a 3.5 more than a 4, but I didn't want to ding it down to a 3. Seemed rude since I did like it.

For some reason the writing style made me think of Lemony Snicket (not exactly sure why though), but less funny.

The story is pretty solid, but doesn't offer a ton of new ideas. It looks like this series is a sort of stand alone one (the second book has a different main character), but since I haven't read it I make no
This is a fantasy story, and the writing seems to be aimed at middle school to high school students, although adults will also enjoy reading it. I would actually give it 3.5 stars if that were possible. The action in the story is well-paced, and it definitely holds your interest. It is such a short book, however, that there were many places where I wished I had more background information to help me empathize with the characters to a greater degree. I didn't find myself caring about the outcome ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

Although this book is intended to be read by a younger audience, I really did enjoy reading this book. It is a quick read and has a unique and interesting plot. The main character is being punished by having to sleep by herself in an abandoned building on the campus of her boarding school. This punishment, however, turns into an exciting adventure. After meeting a talking gopher, the main character is shown a secret room that holds a large globe
Shayla Drumm
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
In the Window Room is written for an audience of pre-teen to teenage children. While the subject matter seems appropriate and interesting to children of this age, I think the writing style may be a little complex and duanting. This is a relatively short book so the plot moves along at a brisk pace; however, I found myself distracted by the ever-present tangents and bogged down with unecessary comments from the author. I would not recommend this book for everyone, but there are some avid young re ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
My Rating: 2.5

Obtained: Through Goodreads First Reads

In the Window Room is truly a simple book. It is a book that I would have found myself lost in - when I was younger. Now, as a young adult, I don't daydream about getting lost in another world or finding treasures burrowed away. I agree with the other reviewers, In the Window Room is most likely aimed for preteens to young teens.

The ending ended a little too soon for me, maybe it's because In the Window Room is such a thin book that I can
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
After getting into a fight with another girl at school, Delaney is sent to live all alone in the Greyford House on the edge of campus. She soon discovers that something is sharing the house with her, and when she meets him a whole new set of possibilities opens up for her. Literally. They go to another world via a special time-travelling room. Delaney gets a bit caught up in the politics and unrest of the other world, though her visits are relatively short. After all, there's a prince in a dunge ...more
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Hi, I'm Steven J. Carroll, a writer of fiction for young adults and pre-teens. I've also been an indie songwriter for many years, which was what honed my interests for writing.

My newest release is book two in a Young Adult, Sci-fi/Dystopian series called CITY OF WORDS. This novel follows the action-packed, suspense-filled journey of Alpha, as he tries to find a way to survive under th

Other books in the series

The Histories of Earth (4 books)
  • A Prince of Earth (The Histories of Earth, #2)
  • All the Worlds of Men (The Histories of Earth, #3)
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