What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

The House with a Clock in Its Walls
SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED!: Kids/YA book - magic/fantasy from 70's? [s]

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message 1: by Lucas (last edited Jan 05, 2009 09:37PM) (new)

Lucas Van Lenten (lukievan) | 5 comments Unfortunately i don't really remember much more than a boy who gets caught up with some bad characters who know magic. Probably some special items he has to get to battle them? It's set in the modern world, more or less. So, not Tolkien and no emphasis on monsters, more dark wizards and the like. Almost a precursor to Harry Potter.

message 2: by April Ann (last edited Jan 06, 2009 07:56AM) (new)

April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments Let's start with these two:

No More Magic by Avi, published in 1975. "Summary: While searching for his bicycle that disappeared on Halloween, a young boy and his two friends become involved in a magic adventure."
No More Magic (Avi Reissues) by Avi

Or: The Hero From Otherwhere by Jay Williams, published in 1972 "Summary: Sent to the principal's office for fighting, Rich Dennison and Jesse Rosen open the door and enter the strange world known as the kingdom of Givyleath."

There's also The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, published in 1971. "
Life is never quite the same again for eleven-year-old David after the arrival of his new stepsister, a student of witchcraft and the occult." Newberry HOnor Book.

The Headless Cupid (Yearling Books) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Wendy | 52 comments Maybe Susan Cooper's books, especially The Dark is Rising?

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Lucas Van Lenten (lukievan) | 5 comments Those are great suggestions and I can't be 100% sure it's not 'The Dark is Rising' but I don't think so...I will have to do a little more digging. I think it may be less epic/mythological though - more grounded in the here and now.

Meghan | 33 comments Maybe something by John Bellairs?

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Lucas Van Lenten (lukievan) | 5 comments Yes! That's exactly right. Thanks very much - funny how a thing like that can live in the back of your mind for so many years. I feel better already!

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April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments It's fun hunting for the books! :)

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments So, is this solved? What by John Bellairs? I need to know whether or not it should be moved to the solved folder. Thanks!

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Lucas Van Lenten (lukievan) | 5 comments Solved - John Bellairs 'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'. Thanks!

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Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments Ok, Will move it. Thanks Lucas.

rivka I've read that book (although quite a number of years ago) and would never have figured it out. Glad you found it!

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Erica | 47 comments Oh, that was such a scary book!

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Lucas Van Lenten (lukievan) | 5 comments I'm debating whether or not to get it and re-read it. Seems like it might be fun, but then again, I don't have much time to read these days...and Moby Dick just sits there glaring at me.

message 14: by Erica (new)

Erica | 47 comments Yeah, read it, READ IT!!! There's a good synopsized version of Moby Dick on Book-a-minute classics at rinkworks.com. It will save you a little time.

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