Books by Christopher Lincoln

Released: Aug. 1, 2009

A sadly weak follow-up to an engaging first novel. Having turned from a skeleton to a real living boy in Billy Bones: Tales from the Secrets Closet (2008), Billy is content to spend his days with his newfound human relatives, Mum Biglum and Millicent. Unfortunately, it's clear that the world he left behind won't let him go so easily. The vile Shadewick Gloom is making a power grab in the Afterlife, and he needs Billy's Uncle Grim (aka The Grim Reaper) out of the way to do it. What ensues is a madcap series of escapades in which Millicent goes to the nasty Nevermore as a ghost while Billy, inexplicably, becomes a skeleton once more. Aside from an unsatisfying climax there are continuity problems that remain unanswered. Is time still stopped at the end? If so, why is that no longer a problem? How does Billy turn back from a skeleton to a real boy? Kids who haven't read the first book in the series will certainly find themselves out to sea with this tepid sequel. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BILLY BONES by Christopher Lincoln
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

Newly orphaned Millicent Hues has a natural curiosity that suits her new home, High Manners Manor. Sadly, her explorations are curtailed by her greedy uncle, Sir Biglum, and his housekeeper, Miss Primly. High Manners is a house good at keeping its secrets, but the last thing Millicent would have expected was to stumble upon a closet with honest-to-goodness skeletons in it. The Bones family members are the official secret-keepers of the household, but young Billy Bones, tired of his closet home, shares Millicent's desire for adventure. Sir Biglum's own secrets are intricately tied to Billy's past, and it's up to these intrepid new friends to uncover the truth behind the lies and to defeat the villains who wish to destroy them. Lincoln's book has an easygoing charm that never demands much of its readers. Despite multiple death scenes (most related in flashback), it's a light read with a gentle tone. Not a particularly new or original piece of work, but one that's sure to amuse those kids with a love of the mildly macabre. (Horror. 8-12)Read full book review >