The House with a Clock in Its Walls

I finished reading The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. It is the first book in a book series of 12 books. I may read all 12. There is a movie loosely based on the book.

Warning: there are some scary scenes and a little bit of violence.

In this book, a boy named Lewis goes to live with his uncle. His uncle lives in a magical mansion. Lewis is awaken by his uncle knocking on the walls. His uncle tells him that the previous owner, Issac, was a crazy and bad warlock. Issac had hidden a clock somewhere in the house and it is always ticking. (That would drive you mad.) His uncle also tells him that he himself is also a warlock. Mrs. Zimmerman is a witch who lives next door. Lewis goes to school and becomes friend with a boy named Tarby. He tries to impress Tarby by getting his uncle to do some magic tricks. But Tarby doesn’t really believe. So Lewis tries again to impress him by bring up the dead. He does and who turns out to be Issac’s wife. She moves in the house across the street. She has someone break in Jonathan’s house to get the clock key. Mrs. Zimmerman “kills” Issac’s wife again. The clock begins to chime louder. So Jonathan suggests to Lewis to do a silly magic show for the clock. They do and find out where the clock is hidden. Issac’s wife comes back, but Lewis stops her by breaking the clock.

I did like this book. Now I’m reading BirdBox by Josh Malerman. Yes I did see the movie on Netflix.

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