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The house with a clock in its walls
Bellairs, John.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1993.

Physical Description:
179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.
General Note:
Sequel: The figure in the shadows.

"First published in the United States of America by The Dial Press, 1973."
Reading Level:
"Ages 8 up."--Cover p. [4].

800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 6.0 9882.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 8 Quiz: 05392 Guided reading level: S.
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Material Type
Home Location
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Author Notes

John Bellairs was born in Marshall, Michigan on January 17, 1938. He attended Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was a teacher. He went on to author fifteen graphic novels for young adults, one fantasy book "The Face in the Frost," and two other books. His works have been nominated for several awards in the past. Among those nominated for, he won the Utah Children's Fiction Book Award in 1981 for "The Letter, the Witch and the Ring" and the New York Times Outstanding Books of 1973 Award for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls."

Bellairs died of cardiovascular disease, on March 8, 1991.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. Orphaned Lewis goes to live with Uncle Jonathan, a wizard, and becomes involved in foiling a dead magician's evil plot to end the world.