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Best of John Bellairs
John Bellairs
0760711429
September 1998
Hardcover
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The Ghost in the Mirror
John Bellairs
0140349340
Oct 1994
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
It seems only appropriate that death has not brought an end to Bellairs's career; and, happily, this posthumous collaboration has less of a thrown-together feel than his last few books. Having lost most of her magic in The Letter, The Witch and The Ring (1977), Florence Zimmerman travels back in time to recover it, taking along her friend Rose Rita Pottinger (14). Together, the two rescue a Pennsylvania Dutch family from an evil sorcerer, uncover an old chest of Revolutionary War gold, and activate a crystal ball that restores Mrs. Zimmerman's powers--not, of course, without negotiating plenty of cryptic instructions, apparitions, lurking evils, spells, and narrow escapes, plus a slavering demon or two. Though the deliciously ghastly climax suddenly comes to a halt so that the sorcerer can rehearse his motives and...


The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn
John Bellairs
0140380094
Aug 1997
Paperback
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Card catalog description
After stumbling upon a clue in the public library, Anthony searches for the treasure long rumored to have been hidden by a wealthy, eccentric citizen of their small town.


The Best of John Bellairs 2: The Johnny Dixon Mysteries
John Bellairs
0760775907
August 2005
Hardcover
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The Eyes of the Killer Robot
John Bellairs
0141300620
July 1998
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8 Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass, along with their friend Byron "Fergie" Ferguson, are back in another imaginative chiller. Here the three are pitted against Evaristus Sloane, an insane wizard and inventor. But even more frightening than Sloane is a robot he invented some 50 years before. The robot was built to look like a baseball player and to pitch balls, but the Professor, Johnny, and Fergie discover a much darker side to the mechanism. After finding the dismantled robot in an abandoned house, the Professor reassembles it. But after placing its eyes back in the empty sockets, the Professor realizes too late that he has resurrected a killer machine. Not only must the robot be stopped but also its mad inventor before Johnny loses his eyes and his life to a terrifying scheme. As always,...


The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder
Brad Strickland
014130362X
Mar 2000
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8. If imitation is indeed the finest form of flattery, John Bellairs would be very pleased with Strickland's newest novel of evildoings in Duston Heights, MA, in the mid-1950s. Fans will warmly greet again their old friends Johnny Dixon, Fergie, and Professor Childermass. Bored, Fergie looks for the last book in the town library (Dewey decimal number 999.99T). The Book of True Wishes, by evil spellbinder Jarmyn Thanatos, puts the boy under a spell that threatens not only his own life but also the lives of his friends and family. The mad sorcerer, in an attempt to achieve earthly immortality, has been kidnapping boys and taking possession of their bodies for the past 300 years. Fergie is his next victim. Can his friends save him? Replete with eerie details?swarming locust mummies, locked coffins,...


Chessmen of Doom
John Bellairs
0141306971
Mar 2000
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Professor Childermass and his young friends Johnny and Fergie are swept up in a madman's plot to rule the Earth in this latest addition to the series. Childermass stands to inherit his brother Peregrine's multimillion dollar estate, but only if he can stay on the estate all summer, plus interpret a cryptic rhyme. As usual, Bellairs salts the story with apparitions, vague warnings, deep forebodings, magic effects, tombs, corpses, and the like. The Bad Guy, Edmund Stallybrass, outwits Childermass and the boys at every turn, and finally locks them up in a burial vault and leaves them to die. Enter Crazy Annie, a local witch, who opens the vault, then in the climactic scene, confronts and kills Stallybrass in a wild play of spells and counterspells. Johnny, Fergie, and the professor don't have much...


The House with a Clock in Its Walls
John Bellairs
0142402575
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion--his Uncle Jonathan's. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn't bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard--but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near--unless Lewis can stop the clock!

This is a deliciously chilling tale, with...



Mansion in the Mist
John Bellairs
0142402621
August 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Working as a library assistant in a sleepy town, Anthony Monday is having quite a different summer than he expected. While on vacation with his elderly friends Mrs. and Miss Eells the young man has discovered a passage into another dimension; the three are transported to an underworld by way of a magic chest. When they learn of a plot by the evil inhabitants to absorb humanity into their world, Anthony and his friends get a lot more excitement than they bargained for. Hampered by characters that do little but react predictably to their circumstances, the story must rely on its plot and concept for interest. While the notion of passage into another world is not new, the late Bellairs ( The Trolley to Yesterday ; The Secret of the Underground Room ) provides unique twists, as the characters must discover the keys...


The Curse of the Blue Figurine
John Bellairs
0142402583
Aug 2004
Paperback
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School Library Journal, starred review
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create?

Booklist
There’s suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set.

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The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie
John Bellairs
0142402591
Aug 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Completed posthumously, this book offers readers another taste of Bellairs's macabre writing. During a party, noted folklorist Dr. Coole shows Professor Childremass, Johnny Dixon, and his friend Fergie a small drum and tells them a strange story about voodoo cults in Haiti and the Caribbean. A few casual taps on the drum set in motion a tale of terror that includes zombies, evil spells, and death threats. Set in the mid-1950s, the horror is subtle, yet detailed enough to appeal to fans of the television show Tales from the Crypt and readers too young for Stephen King. The "gee whiz" tone lends a touch of naivete, and some plot turns are a bit obvious, but readers of Dixon's last escapade, The Secret of the Underground Room (Dial, 1990), will not be disappointed.Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library,...


The Figure in the Shadows
John Bellairs
0142402605
Aug 2004
Paperback
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School Library Journal, starred review
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create?

Booklist
There’s suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set.

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The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
John Bellairs
0142402613
Aug 2004
Paperback
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School Library Journal, starred review
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create?

Booklist
There’s suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set.

See all Editorial Reviews

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