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Eleven-year-old Finn Anglin knows very little about his grandparents. He’s never met them! But when his mother drops him off outside their peculiar boarding house to spend the summer, Finn quickly discovers that Ezekiel and Eleanor Blacklock are not to be taken lightly. With work to do and time to explore, Finn learns more and more about his grandparents and their not-enti ...more
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Published April 24th 2020 by Jake Nickens
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Shaked Reads
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Thin House takes us into an adventure inside the confines of one spooky house. From werewolves to house sprites and monsters galore, we get a glimpse of the paranormal within every page. Each chapter brings with it a new conflict that gets resolved with profound and insightful concepts.
Finn's grandparents run a boarding house of sorts for monsters! So with every week spent in their house Finn learns more and more about the paranormal creatures that occupy it.
I really enjoyed this book! It re
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Siobhan Grady
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is only 200 pages long so it was such a quick read for me, I did find myself getting sad that I was near the end because I wasn’t ready for my journey to end in the Thin House. I felt like I was on this crazy adventure with Finn, I quickly became attached to his character within the first few chapters. In fact all the characters were beautifully written, with multiple personalities which all mixed well together making such an interesting plot. The mystery of the monster and the Thin Ho ...more
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever felt pages fly in my hands so much as I did while reading this book. It was such an easy and fun read, that I couldn't make myself put it down until it was finished.

At first I had thought because of the age of the main character (I believe it was 11 years old) that it was going to be a middle grade fantasy or a light YA fantasy, but I was mistaken. The story was divided into these detailed segments that introduce you to a certain "monster" of the Thin House and with each
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The Thin House by Jake Nickens' is a coming of age novella. A perfect page turner which falls under the horror / paranormal-esque category.
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Told from a 11 year old Finn's perspective who has never visited his grandparents. But one summer his mother drops him at their place. Set in 90s Louisiana this book is a delight to read.
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The indie writing style and all the clarity which author has build up in making the protagonist to tackle story's conflict is commendable.
The horror element of squeak
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Rutuja Ramteke
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🍩The Thin House🍩
Eleven-year-old Finn Anglin knows very little about his grandparents. In fact, he’s never met them. But when his mother drops him off outside their peculiar boarding house to spend the summer, Finn quickly discovers that Ezekiel and Eleanor Blacklock are not to be taken lightly.
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🍩Middle grade fiction is my all time favorite and more favorite when it's totally adventurous. This is definitely one of those books, which I will recommend if someone asks me for a good MG fiction. The
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Melina Lobo
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“A heart given to the wrong person is hard to reclaim. That’s why it’s so important to know the difference between genuine love and cheap imitations.”
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At age eleven, Finn had never known his grandparents, his mother rarely spoke about them and they never visited neither has he ever met them.
But one summer, Finn's mom finally decides it'stime he met his grandparents.
But why now? After all these years and so many questions?
Finn uncovers secrets of his grandparents, but he also learns about the h
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Hanna Marie Williams
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Ms. Dianna S. Welch
Former high school English teacher
Prairieville, LA:

What a novel idea! Jake Nickens uses in his approach to the zombie, vampire, etc., literary genre. He vividly and skillfully creates pictures of a varied society of unusual entities that associate in what would seem to be normal interactions if we didn’t know better. He presents his major character, an 11 year old named Finn Anglin, who is visiting his grandparents for the first time. This fact alone would cause question
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Josh
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I saw someone on here add this book to their “want to read” list and that beautiful illustrated cover just drew me in!

It’s a lil coming-of-age where a young boy, Finn, goes to spend the summer with his grandparents who run a boarding house for all kinds of monsters and peculiar guests.

It’s a very easy and quick read. The chapters all read like episodes of a tv show. Each chapter about a different little adventure which all kind of wrapped up in it’s final chapter.

I loved the spookiness and th
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Kitabi Keeda
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE THIN HOUSE
By Jake Nickens

-> Mysterious at every step. Will keep you glued throughout.

#INSIGHT: The book revolves around a eleven-year-old boy who is visiting his grandparents for the first time. He gets to know a lot of other things about his grandparents and the house during his visit. While reading the book I just could not miss the level of maturity the boy had. The book has everything to make you feel astounded.

#REVIEW: Jake Nickens has done a commendable job with the storyline of this b
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Paul Boquet
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Thin House is a well-packaged supernatural adventure story featuring young Finn, a boy dropped off for the summer at his grandparents’ most unusual boarding house. During Finn’s stay, he meets new friends, learns valuable skills, and the importance of family and love. Finn’s summer is presented in well-woven chapters stuffed with memorable and fully-realized characters. While reading, I laughed at their jokes, commiserated with their troubles, and craved their cooking.

This book provides valu
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Chelsea Kelly
4.5/5 Stars: ‘The Thin House’ is a Middle Grade, Paranormal Mystery by Jake Nickens; ‘The Thin House’ is a coming-of-age novella set in rural Louisiana, with captivating characters; a well-paced plot; and a truly commendable story. This page-turning treasure presents a unique perspective on life, fuelled by a medley of stories, monsters, and myths strung together with an ample heart. Each character is well described, each providing an underlying lesson, whether family, friendship or grief. Nicke ...more
Julia N
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading the Thin House and felt that the story was very well written. I especially enjoyed the mix of well-known folktale figures along with mysterious and unfamiliar creatures of legend and myth. The insertion of these stories into a real world setting is captivating, and transports the reader to a extraordinary version of our world. I couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good fantasy spliced with the world we know and love.
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Julia Olson
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you loved getting lost in a book as a kid, grab this book and get ready to be transported to a southern comfort setting with a mystical twist. I loved the character development in this book and by the end it’ll have you feeling like you were right beside Finn on his summer adventure wishing it wasn’t over.
Kayla Berejkoff
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Boy visits and stays the summer witb the grandparents he has never met. Finds out they are running a boarding house for monsters. He gets to know his grandparents and make new friends along the way!
It is fun teenage book and I wanted to know the back story and how things would work out.
Christian
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thin house invites you in and makes you wish you could stay longer. Every page pulls you deeper into the story. Finn is a realistic and relatable protagonist and his grandparents feel like family. This a book all ages could pick up and get wrapped up in.
Merideth Myers
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story for upper elementary grades! Finn's adventures with his mysterious grandparents and their even stranger guests will leave you entertained and enlightened. ...more
Myria Candies
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I enjoyed it throughly because of many things, but the thing I was drawn to the most were the unique characters. Even though they were monsters, they had a sort of humanity. I loved the mystery in this book and hope that this isn't the end for The Thin House. Can't wait to see more stories from Jake Nickens. ...more
Julie Elise Landry
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Thin House is a nuanced paranormal coming-of-age story set in rural Louisiana with captivating characters and a well-paced plot. This page-turning treasure presents a unique perspective on moving through life, fueled by a medley of stories, monsters, and myths strung together with ample heart.

Though it is the first book in a developing series, The Thin House functions well as a standalone read. And once the fourth chapter takes off, you’re unlikely to put it down. The author has built a worl
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Jake Nickens was born and raised in Southern Mississippi. He spent his childhood listening to family tall tales and reading comic books that turned him into the kind of adult who writes stories about jackalopes and vampire-librarians. He enjoys watching old boxing matches, reading mystery novels, and trying to make an edible gluten-free biscuit. He lives in Louisiana with his wife Lydia, and their ...more

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