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The Treasures of Weatherby

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  326 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Harleigh J. Weatherby IV feels misunderstood. At age twelve he is about as tall as a six-year-old, and no one lets him forget it. At school the bullies nicknamed him "Hardly." Now he is homeschooled at the Weatherby mansion, where strict Aunt Adelaide is always on his case about something.

Then Harleigh meets Allegra. When she literally flies over the walls of Weatherby a
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Typical Zilpha Keatley Snyder: gives the hint and promise of something really fascinating or riveting...and then nothing happens. Ever. And the book ends leaving you feeling like you've been wandering around aimlessly for no reason at all. Always with questions left unanswered. And often leaving you wondering, "Wait, what was I expecting to happen anyway?"

In fact, she even does this to her character in this book and I had to laugh at the words she wrote: "Many long, anxious minutes crept by whil
Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, younger
This is a pretty disappointing book, especially coming from an author like Snyder, who has demonstrated in the past that she can write tight plot and complex characters. I don't mind that the mysterious-old-house-with-secrets plots is overused (as she admits herself) but I don't see why she bothered when she does so little with it. The house and family history are only sketched in vaguely, as a backdrop. Harleigh was all right, if uninteresting, but Allegra was really annoying. I guess Snyder st ...more
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Harleigh J. Weatherby IV, 12, has a mighty big name, but a diminutive size. He's so small other kids mistake him for a 6 year-old. He lives in the Weatherby Mansion with Aunt Adelaide, his father Harleigh III, and a host of other close and distant relatives. The mansion is not run-down, but it needs repairs. The gardens are in special need of tender loving care. One day, while Harleigh IV is out on the grounds, he meets Allegra... a stranger his age. He wonders how on earth she's managed to make ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I wish I could give this book 2 and a half stars, but I can't. This book was okay, not the best book I've ever read--unfortunately. This book could have been so much better! You'd think Harleigh's unusual size would have something to do with the plot...but no. Even the maze could've been an incredibly mysterious place, like the place that the merry-go-round in The Thief Lord was hidden.

The 'plot' in this book was almost invisible until the middle of the book, and even then Harleigh and Allegra
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I felt very blah about this one. Actually, I had second thoughts before I started as to whether or not I actually wanted to read it. I don't know what it was exactly; I guess there wasn't enough to the story for me. Harleigh is a descendant of an odd family, the Weatherbys, and they live in a huge old house. One day he meets a girl, Allegra, who has alledgedly flown over the very tall fence around the house. They become friends, sort of, and she is very curious about the house. At the same time, ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
The mysteries at Weatherby House and young Harleigh Weatherby the Fourth's ensuing adventures are at at first intriguing, enjoyable, and even suspenseful, but the last three chapters seem to fizzle out. The resolutions are too pat, or conveniently, awkwardly ambiguous. A few twists to the two-dimensional characters would have made the overall story much more appealing. (There is a bad guy who is big, ugly and stupid...a fat man who is gluttonous...and most disappointing of all, the small young p ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
A nice little adventure story even though the adventure never left the yard. Some may say boring and nothing exciting happened but it was very well written and we finally got some suspense near the end as the mystery slowly built and we were finally rewarded with a suitable ending. The book is so short it's not a long wait anyway. This is a book I will keep in my library for my son to read when he is older (he's six weeks now). I would recommend it for any young reader who wants a quick little m ...more
Meghan Arthur
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
The last 50 pages are pretty good, but the first 150 pages are SLOW. I like what this book wants to be, but it doesn't achieve its goal. The old house setting is not described in a way the gives you a clear mental picture and the characters are pretty flat until the very end.
Amanda Coppedge
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, read-in-2017
Not my favorite Snyder book. 3.5 stars.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I know Snyder can write better then this. The story is good but, not great as the other books I have read by Snyder. The beginning started out good. Then towardes the middle it got weak and the end kind of made up for it.
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder began writing books for children in 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Over the course of the career she completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for y ...more
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