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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock’s gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows.

When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no id
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
On sale now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Gregory Funaro’s just-published Watch Hollow is a charmingly spooky (or perhaps spookily charming) contemporary fantasy featuring an 11-year-old girl, Lucy Tinker, her 13-year-old brother Oliver, and their clockmaker father … and also a fearsome giant, a boy who mysteriously appears and disappears, and a full dozen magical talking animals sure to warm the hearts of middle grade readers.

After a brief prologue with a heart-stopping chase invo
Candace Robinson
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of middle grade books but this one was awesome and super fun! Give me weird, magic, and gothic vibes any day! I got sucked right in after the intriguing prologue! Beautiful and magical writing, great characters, and a mysterious house! Also, I could definitely see this one as a movie! 😍
Cameron Chaney
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a reader of Gregory Funaro's books since the very beginning when his novel Alistair Grim's Odditorium was released by Disney Hyperion. The Alistair Grim series was simply magical and is still one of my very favorites. If only Hyperion wasn't so focused on stretching thin their beloved Percy Jackson series, maybe Alistair Grim would have received a third book to wrap up the series. But alas, Disney's publishing is an unfair mess, so we have yet to see what happens to Alistair and his ma ...more
Thanks to the generous offer of an ARC copy from the author.

Another imaginative Middle Grade Fantasy, I'm looking forward to what seems to be the promise of a continued story. But don't worry, this has a satisfying end. I'm always on the lookout for good Middle Grade Fantasy stories, and so many end up being anemic or very derivative. Not this one, it's original, imaginative, with age appropriate tense moments and lots of heart.

My second win with this author, he's now on my Watch list for future
Ms. Yingling
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central

Lucy and Oliver Tinker's father repairs clocks for a living, but the business isn't doing well. After the death of their mother from cancer, the family moves into an apartment attached to the business and is struggling to make ends meet, to the point where school mates taunt the pair about being on food stamps. When the mysterious Mr. Quigley shows up and offers Mr. Tinker a large sum of money to fix a clock that is built into a house, Watch Hollow, that
Benjamin Thomas
I always look forward to a new book by Gregory Funaro but wow, this time he really dials it up to 11!

Eleven year-old Lucy Tinker and her older brother Oliver (age 13) are struggling through life after the death of their mom two years earlier. Their father is the proprietor of a small clock repair shop and tries to maintain optimism in the face of very little income and is just trying to get through each day as it comes. But into their life comes a golden opportunity in the form of Mr. Quigley wh
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first was introduced to this author, Mr. Funaro when he wrote his darker suspense novels. Which I just enjoyed a lot. Than, Mr. Funaro started a new journey into young adult author. The Alistair Grim's Odditorium series is great. It is magical and whimsical. All ages from children, teens, to adults can enjoy that series. Mr. Funaro's newest offering is not to be missed. I absolutely had a magical and fun time getting to know the Tinker's and all of the animals in this book. Mr. Funaro strikes ...more
Gerardo Delgadillo
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 shining stars!

I received an ARC ebook from Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

Wow. Wow. Wow. I loved-loved Watch Hollow. This story is quite different than the Odditorium series, which I also liked a lot. While the latter has a huge, super-cool world, this new book focuses more on the mystery and the characters. Told from dual POVs, the story takes us in a magical adventure to the land of weirdness and coolness. I mean, how cool are talking wooden animals?

If I had to define Wat
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A struggling family (economically and emotionally) is offered a lucrative opportunity to fix a broken clock in the Watch Hollow mansion: the source of energy for the house. In a remote area of coastal New England, the decrepit mansion is surrounded by the creepy and creeping Shadow Woods, protected by sunstone and the failing cuckoo clock, with its twelve animal statues. Lucy, Oliver and Mr. Tinker find themselves battling the Garr, with only their wits and love for each other (and the strange a ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Review to come soon.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow
Gregory Funaro

What it's all about...

A summer spent trying to fix a clock that defies all reasonableness. The Shadow Woods...a dark wood that seems to grow and grow. Wooden animals who come to life. Acorns that turn into black dust and cure illnesses...these are the things that Oliver and Lucy encounter as their father labors to fix a house clock for an odd little man. But things get more and more dangerous! And more and more mysterious! And more and more unbelievable!

Why I wanted
Pop Bop
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Tale of "Magical Balance"

"No one can hear you scream in the Shadow Woods."

One of Gregory Funaro's previous series was built around Alistair Grim's Odditorium, and while they were fun books they were also a bit manic and were loaded with weird and fantastical inventions. I expected this book would take off on a similar funsy-steampunky-magicky sort of action/adventure path. I was wrong, sort of. This opens as a more carefully, tightly, and elegantly structured book with many lovely throwaway li
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, middle-grade, 2018
Review originally published 8 January 2019 at Falling Letters. I received a free copy from the author.

Watch Hollow is less creepy than the cover implies but Funaro establishes a consistently spooky atmosphere throughout the book. References to iPads and Google searches early on give way to descriptions of a bleak wood and eerie sensations. I enjoyed Lucy’s first impression of the old house – a gradual introduction that shows how unsettling has become. Illustrated clock faces at the top of each c
Tonja Drecker
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jam-packed with imagination, this is a fast-paced adventure with something unexpected waiting around every bend.

Lucy and Oliver's father has been trying to keep his clock business afloat, but especially after the death of their mother, things aren't exactly easy. When a strange car and an even stranger man come into the picture, it appears that, at least, the financial worries might be taken care of for awhile. But the clock Lucy and Oliver's father is to fix is an intricate part of a strange ho
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this as part of an advanced readers group and, WOW! I loved Watch Hollow from page 1. The author pulls you right into the story from the moment it starts.

Kids will love the book, to be sure, but as an adult I was reminded - dare I say - of The Boy Who Shall Not Be Named. I tire of the countless books that promise to be the next HP, but this truly grabbed me like no other YA since that famous title.

It has magic and mystique, but the kids are grounded in a reality th
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I suspected I would, I really enjoyed this book! An enjoyable cast, a giant fantastical cuckoo clock, and a charming (if sometimes unsettling) manor. The story is unique and very intriguing from the get go. The Tinkers are a sweet and loveable family, and my initial love of the characters made for an even more enjoyable read. The mystery was so fun to figure out along with Lucy and Oliver. Their unique friends and the magic they discover along the way make for a fascinating story that keeps y ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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This was such a fun an exciting book to read. It has the perfect touch of adventure magic, mystery and suspense while not being too scary to scar younger readers.

Lucy and Oliver are nice main characters who have their own positive traits. The two are complete opposites, where Lucy is young and her dialogue is straight forward, and Oliver is older and tries to be the head of the family and more complex. Bu
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow, by Gregory Funaro. This story is all about mysteries and excitement. Mr. Tinker is a clock repairman. He brought his two children, Lucy and Oliver with him to fix a massive clock. They had moved to a mysterious house for the summer. Little did they all know, something shocking will happen to all of them. Watch Hollow is a must read book! Very appropriate for all ages. Full of mysteries, danger and clues. Read to find out all the excitement with Mr. Tinker and his two children on th ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow, by Gregory Funaro, is a story with characters that you will love, and full of mysteries, and excitement. Mr.Tinker, and his two children Oliver, and Lucy moved to Watch Hollow to repair a clock full of mysteries. Little did they know that they would encounter the mystery of their lives. Watch Hollow is a must read book, filled with danger, fear, excitement and mystery. Read on to find out if the Tinkers survive the scary woods.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow, by Gregory Funaro, is a story for both children and adults. It's a story about Mr. Tinker, a clock repair man and his two children, Oliver and Lucy, they move to Blackford House for the summer to repair a clock in the house. Little did they know they were in for the surprise of their lives. Watch Hollow is a really great book that you must read. Filled with danger, fear, excitement, and mystery. Read on to find out if the Tinkers survive the scary and mysterious woods.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow, by Gregory Funaro, is a story full of mystery and excitement. I think that Gregory Funaro did a wonderful job with the book Watch Hollow. When the owner of the Blackford House needed the clock fixed, he went to Mr.Tinker, so Mr.Tinker and his two children Olaverd and Lucy head to Blackford House and when they got there they saw strange things on the property of Blackford House. This book was very adventurous.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow, by Gregory Funaro, is a good story with characters that you will love by the end of the book. In this book Mr.Tinker was hired to repair a clock in Watch Hollow, Rhode Island and brought his two children with him, Oliver and Lucy. If you like mystery’s and excitement this is the perfect book for you.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good, solid, intriguing, juvenile fantasy book. I enjoyed it a lot. But if I'm going to compare this book to Gregory Funaro's Alistair Grim books, I have to say that I prefer those but this one was still good. I just predicted some of the plot twists whereas in Alistair Grim, I didn't.
But I would still recommend Watch Hollow to juvenile fantasy readers.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro is a family friendly book with characters that you will love by the end of the book. Mr.Tinker, a clocksmith and his two children where hired at the Blackford House in Watch Hollow RI. Little did they know what they would encounter.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read so far in this year and I've read quite a number in this couple months.

I like how the battle of love vs. fear is explored. Although fear is supposedly greater for mere mortals like us, love and hope combined always win and that message is clear. The beauty of this book is the unexpected twists which are equal part heartwarming as they are magical.
Sandra Stiles
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
One of the best books I've read this year. I love reading middle grade books because I teach middle grade students. This is one that will be on my shelves the day it comes out. Who wouldn’t love a story that had middle school age kids with all of their issues, monsters, a spooky house with talking animals? On top of that there is a monster in the woods called the Garr.

The book opens with Lucy Tinker sitting in the display window of her dad’s clock repair shop. She is sitting there because she is
LitPick Student Book Reviews
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the book Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro, the town of Watch Hollow is the home of the Blackford House, an ancient house with a clock that powers the entire house! But soon it stops working Then some unnatural trees begin to creep toward the house from the nearby Shadow Woods and are about to destroy everything - at least that's how it looks! Luckily, the Tinkers - Lucy, Oliver, and their dad - arrive to fix the clock under the supervision of the new owner, Mr. Quigley. All they have to do is f ...more
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Gregory Funaro is the NY Times best-selling author of Disney-Hyperion's ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODDITORIUM (an Amazon Best Book of the Month for January, 2015) and ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODD AQUATICUM (2016), which received a Kirkus STARRED review. Look for his latest book, WATCH HOLLOW, coming from HarperCollins in February, 2019. Gregory is also a drama professor at East Carolina University. Please visit his o ...more
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