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THE FACE IN THE FROST by John Bellairs
Released: Feb. 17, 1968

"Fidgeta."
By the author of the lively St. Read full book review >

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THE TROLLEY TO YESTERDAY by John Bellairs
Released: April 15, 1989

"Brace yourself for a wild, herky-jerky, tongue-in-cheek ride, not as gruesome as Eyes of the Killer Robot, but full of danger nonetheless."
In his closest approach yet to self-parody, Bellairs sends an assortment of characters back in time for a series of surreal, hair-raising adventures. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS by Edward Gorey
Released: May 30, 1973

"Bellairs doesn't bother to supply either motivation or blueprints for the Izard's antisocial scheme, but if the cavalier and capricious handling of the occult by characters and author alike precludes any bone-deep shudders, the house lives up to its promise of a few gratifying Halloween shivers."
Gorey's creepy-cozy drawings accurately project the ambience of the big old house in tiny New Zebedee, Michigan, where ten year-old Lewis, newly orphaned by an auto accident, goes to live with his benign and rather seedy warlock uncle Jonathan. Read full book review >

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THE LETTER, THE WITCH, AND THE RING by Richard Egielski
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"And of course his sorcery only skims the cauldron."
Winding up the hocus-pocus begun in The House With the Clock in Its Walls (1973), this takes Lewis' friend Rose Rita on a Northern Michigan vacation with Mrs. Zimmerman, the grandmotherly witch who has just inherited a cousin's farm up there. Read full book review >

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THE TREASURE OF ALPHEUS WINTERBORN by Judith G. Brown
Released: April 24, 1978

"Nevertheless, Bellairs drops clues and plants obstacles tidily enough to give mystery fans a run for their money."
Like Raskin's Westing (see below), amateur archaeologist Alpheus Winterborn is one of those millionaires of fiction who delight in mystifying survivors with cryptic treasure hunts. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"As usual, Bellairs leads his readers through a twisty plot, but the twists are disappointingly convenient and predictable."
"Johnny gasped in terror—the man had no eyes. Streaks of blood ran down from empty black sockets. 'They took my eyes,' the man moaned." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"The usual taut narrative, intriguing puzzle, interesting types—but risky in that Johnny's psyche comes to seem part of the pattern."
In vital respects, very like The Curse of the Blue Figurine (p. J-112), last season's spooky debut of young Johnny Dixon and his eccentric old neighbor Professor Childermass; but a letdown only on that score. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1990

"Additional copies of Bellairs's earlier titles would be a better investment."
A disappointing addition to a popular series: Much-loved Father Higgins falls prey to the evil spirit of a powerful knight, Masterman. Read full book review >

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THE CHESSMEN OF DOOM by John Bellairs
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Thanks to the professor and Johnny, it's not the end of the world—but perhaps it should be the end of this formulaic series."
With the jacket and a frontispiece by Edward Gorey, Bellairs' seventh book—about Johnny Dixon and the ever-cranky Professor Roderick Childermass—features a British villain who conjures up dark forces to advance his plans to take over the world. Read full book review >

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THE MANSION IN THE MIST by John Bellairs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"More digestible than some of the author's recent offerings, with all three main characters taking active roles. (Fiction. 10-13)"
"Would you enjoy living in a world lit by misty moonlight, a world where plants scream and vines try to grab you?" Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1984

"But Miss Eells remains a no-nonsense, imperfect guardian angel—and there's a nice balance most of the way through between folksy charm and gently intense suspense."
Some of Bellairs' recent sorcery/mystery-adventures (e.g., The Curse of the Blue Figurine) have made the characters as important as the spookery. Read full book review >