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Love Among the Walnuts

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,485 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is avl on, I just can't give up the hardcover. The villains are bumblers that remind me of some of Dahl's, minor characters that propel the action. The premise is unique in my reading. The characters are, indeed, adorable. The writing style is clever with word-play, allusion, and deceptive grace. I'd shelve this with the juveniles of James Thurber such as The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O. It's an all-ages fable: sweet enough for interested children age 9 up, rom ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good vs. Evil? Gosh, where do we start?? Bart and Bernie are your typical, typecast evil villains. And, Mousey and the rest of their family and friends at Walnut Manor and Eclipse are the typical good guys. Pure, sweet, honest... the list goes on. But, I feel like there's got to be something underneath all that. The characters have to go deeper they just being perfect and nice or horrible and mean, there's got to be something underneath that act. But, what?

I feel like though everyone knows nothi
Kyle Knight
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Love Among the Walnuts Review

This book is one of the only books that actually kept me interested and made me want to read more. This book really kept me reading it because it is kind of a mystery book and is also somewhat dramatic which interest me. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read because I guarantee they would like it. They would probably like the character Sandy who is my favorite character because he is a leader and solves every problem thrown at him. They would not like B
Joanna Compton-Mys
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I can not say that I was disappointed. This was one of the most entertaining and charming young adult books I've read in a long time. Both laugh out loud funny and well written, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended!

As a fan of fairy tales, I appreciated the tone of this book as it had very clear-cut characters in terms of good and evil, although there is a slightly more serious undertone of learning to live in the real world that
Janna Craig
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread 8/26/17

"And they all lived as happily ever after as real life will allow." I really just love this book.


I knew from almost the first page that I would love this quirky little gem. The characters are lovable and funny, the storyline is interesting, and the ending is perfect. Honestly, I kind of want to go back and reread the book immediately. It's marketed as a YA book, but I think upper elementary kids would enjoy it, too, and if I'm any indication, adults should lo
Lizzy _3
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone!
This book was sooooooooooo cute! I adored it! It was completely and utterly amazing. The author worked in some really great humor too and it was just very satisfying. It was easy and kinda childish to read but it was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone because it's not hard and it made me happy. The ending was beautiful. Kind of predictable as all little kid books are. 'They all lived happily ever after' you know what I mean? But it was very happifying. :) ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a spree rereading old favorites. I loved this in middle school. It's still lots of fun. It's quirky and charming. Perfect if you want something fun, lighthearted, and easy. ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything that childhood is. The villians are deliciously evil and bumbling, the setting is pristine, there is a perfect balance of scheming and dreamin, the touch of romance hits just right! Needless to say, if I could submerge myself in this universe, I would immediately.
Phil Jensen
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as notes-on-unfinished-books
I read about a quarter of this. It's real quirky, and I'm surprised it hasn't been made into a Wes Anderson movie yet.

I chose this book because I hoped it would be humorous, and it was more wry than funny.

I enjoyed what I read of it, but it just fell off my list of priorities. I'd like to finish it sometime.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 7th-grade

Have you ever wished that you had a perfect life with no problems? I have and I bet you have also. There are so many issues in our world that it is impossible to not encounter atleast a few of them. No matter how rich, powerful, or smart you are, no matter how well protected you are there is always conflict in your life. Some problems hurt you mentally, and some hurt you physically, but each can be just as powerful.

Sandy had what he thought of as a perfect life, he lived
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this book on a library shelf and it seemed interesting so I decided to checked it out.

This book is like a great big fortune cookie. On the outside, it's pretty plain and not very flavored or filling. But when you open it up, that's when you get the deeper hidden message. The writing is flat with hardly any descriptions of anything but in the end, the corners of your mouth will jerk up in a smile for the moral of this small story. This "telly" tale is about a wealthy couple, Horatio and M
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris. 06/15/2017

This is a great story about friendship and fidelity. I think the author did a great job with her writing style and introducing characters that were different, individually creative, and eccentric with humor in the mix. I call it either a cozy, relaxing or beach book. The person narrating has a hopeless sounding style but just enough heart to keep the intimidating fundamentals humorous even when they are frightening.

This is a story about a
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Keri McLucas

Love among the Walnuts, by Jean Ferris, is an entertaining story about a very wealthy man and his family. Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman lives in an ideal, perfect world with his wife, Mousey and their son, Sandy. The world the little family lives in is so complete; they never need to leave their home for anything. The home is located right next door to a sanitarium known as Walnut Manor. Unfortunately, Horatio’s brothers, Bart and Bernie are not quite as happy or wealthy. Th
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, humor
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Apr 02, 2012 added it
Shelves: humor
Alyssa Morres

This story is about Horatio who in the beginning starts out as a very wealthy but unhappy man. Then he finds love and marries Mousey. They move out to the country and have a child named Alexander whose nickname is Sandy. The Horatio's brothers come into town and try everything to take his money. They decide then to try to poison him and send him and everyone else into a coma except Sandy and Bently, who is the butler. They put them into a crazy hospital where their nurse Sunnie
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a while back right after I read the Once Upon a Marigold series by the same author. As time has passed, I realize more and more how much this book touched me. It has really opened my eyes to the real world and though this is a middle grade, it was fantastic. I would honestly recommend it.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read. I liked the story.
Paige Owen
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You would think that they would not like cake for the wedding after all that had happened. I love this book
Molly Falck
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"I think anything's bearable if you have the right people to bear it with you."

Love Among the Walnuts begins with Horatio and Mousey falling in love and starting a family. Fast forward into the future, they, (along with their chicken, Attila), are poisoned by the uncles. Sandy, their son, is determined to bring them out of their comas, and with the help of the butler and a nurse, Sunnie, they move the unconscious bodies to Walnut Manor. While the butler attempts to discover a cure, Sandy and Su
Brady B
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris was a mediocre book. In this realistic fiction book the main characters have removed themselves from society and live in their own perfect world. Sandy, Horatio, and Mousey are wealthy and Sandy’s uncles are after the family’s fortune. One day the uncles poison a birthday cake and Mousey, Horatio, and Flossie- the butler’s wife- slip into comas. The patients are moved to the next door mental home, where shocking discoveries are made, all while Sandy’s uncles ...more
Blake Williams
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
fun and humorous yarn about a wealthy family, Horatio, Sandy (Alexander), Flossie and Bentley who live away from civilization at Eclipse, a haven separated from the real world. When Bernie and Bart, Sandy's uncle's poison the family, sending them into comas, it propels Sandy and Bentley into a story both heartfelt and quirky. They end up at Walnut Manor, an asylum for the mentally ill next to the property, where they move Horatio, Flossie and Bentley, in an effort to protect them from the Uncle' ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Maren Johnson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe it's just me, but everyone in this book is way too happy. Oh we got poisoned? Awesome! Oh we live next to a mental hospital? Awesome! Oh we don't have any real life responsibilities and somehow just make bank all the time? Awesome! (Oh that would be awesome, but it's so unrealistic). They were too happy and too boring. The villains were way too typical and just evil for no reason. Boring! The whole thing was relatively boring because it was all happy, happy, happy. ...more
I read this many years ago, and it's quirky and fun, full of eccentrics and there was never any doubt that it would end happily (though a couple of characters would pretty much stop at nothing to change that). I'm not sure now if this is really a kids' book, though--the characters are adults, and the first part of the book is rather long and doesn't get to the "action" for quite a while. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if kids would stick with it. ...more
Brandon Williams
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love among the walnuts is a great book that seems mostly unknown. It is about a married couple who are so happy together that they own a house in the middle of nowhere, but they love it since they can stay there forever and never leave. However, some of their relatives want their fortune so they try to poison them with a birthday cake. It is a nice twist on fairytales and i thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kat Wawrykow
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Quite frankly one of my favorite books of all time. Imagination, murder, and a capsule of hope in the bounds of the pages Ferris writes in. Yes, it may not be the world we live in, but it is one I want to.
Jonathan J
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love among the walnuts was one of the best books i've ever read. As simple as the story was it was full of comedy and mystery. The book never got boring and always kept me in attention. I loved the amount of characters in the book as well. I strongly recommend this book to somebody who likes books. ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This seemed like a book that wouldn't have found a publisher. I assume the author has other books so she can get a book like this published. It is very campy and like a cozy mystery--without much a of a mystery and just not a great story. Didn't hate it, but would not recommend to anyone else. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tre Perkins
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was very good along with up downs and romances the ending was very happy and fun and I enjoyed reading it alot
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“Horatio leaned toward her, "What is the secret of joy?"
Mousey thought for a moment. "Doing what you like best."
Of course. How simple. And how true.”
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