BEYOND THE CELLAR DOOR by Jan O'Donnell Klaveness

BEYOND THE CELLAR DOOR

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Klaveness returns to her accustomed theme--the past's influence on the present. Jeff and his younger sister Megan are compelled to share a partitioned room when their crotchety grandfather returns to their small town to live. When Jeff continually runs afoul of Grandfather's expectations, his anxious father tries to smooth things over in an attempt to make up for a relationship he missed in his own life. The summer's only solace is exploring an invitingly empty Victorian house--which seems to become less abandoned and in better condition each time Jeff and Megan explore it. The riddle's solution not only involves Grandfather's past but also offers new hope for the family's current situation. Family tensions are well portrayed, but the mystery about the house is less engaging: the solution is telegraphed early, while lengthy descriptions of the house's interior slow the pace. Still, a better-than-average depiction of intergenerational tension. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-590-43021-1
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1991