Cover image for John Bellairs's Lewis Barnavelt in The whistle, the grave, and the ghost
John Bellairs's Lewis Barnavelt in The whistle, the grave, and the ghost
Bellairs, John.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

Physical Description:
152 pages ; 22 cm
In the woods near his home in Michigan, thirteen-year-old Lewis Barnavelt stumbles upon an ancient grave and silver whistle that draw him, his best friend Rose Rita Pottinger, his uncle Jonathan, and their friend Mrs. Zimmermann into a battle with an ancient evil.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 6.0 74154.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 10 Quiz: 34045 Guided reading level: S.
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Lewis Barnavelt is back! And this time, our lovable underdog/hero has stumbled upon something more powerful than even his overactive imagination can dream up. A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to an old grave and a mysterious, magical whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys who insist upon bullying him, he is left with a tough decision. Does he continue to use the whistle, which he suspects might not be fully benign? Is Lewis strong enough to face the potent spirit that he is unknowingly summoning?

Brad Strickland continues to attract readers to the best-selling series begun by the late John Bellairs. Fans of the series will delight in the familiar cast of Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and best friend Rose Rita Pottinger. Those new to the books will be lured in by the masterfully written supernatural elements and hair-raising situations.

Author Notes

Brad Strickland was born in New Hollard, Georgia in 1947. He received a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Georgia. He has been a Professor of English at Gainesville State College since 1987. His first novel, To Stand Beneath the Sun, was published in 1986. Since then he has written or co-written over 60 novels. His books include The Ghost in the Mirror, The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder, The Doom of the Haunted Opera, The Hand of the Necromancer, The Tower at the End of the World, The House Where Nobody Lived, and The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer. In 2001, he received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Children's/Young Adult Division for When Mack Came Back. He has also co-written books in several series including Wishbone, Star Trek, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Strickland continues John Bellairs' Lewis Barnavelt series with this tenth suspenseful offering. While camping with his Boy Scout troop, 13-year-old Lewis discovers a strange silver whistle at the site of an ancient grave. The whistle summons a lamia--a ghostly female vampire with the body of a huge snake. Before Lewis can act, several disturbing events occur: two bullies are attacked by the vampire and left near death; Uncle Jonathan experiences some disturbingly vivid dreams; and the usually affable Lewis begins to withdraw from friends and family. Assisted by series regulars Mrs. Zimmerman, Rose Rita Pottinger, and parish priest Father Foley, Lewis finally learns what the lamia wants and how to stop her from getting it. Lewis is an appealingly imperfect character, overweight and insecure even as he triumphs over otherworldly evil. Strickland excels at heart-in-your-throat suspense that he maintains until the final paragraphs. A stand-alone book as well as a solid addition to the series. --Kay Weisman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-While on a Boy Scout camping trip, Lewis Barnavelt discovers a silver whistle with a strange inscription and a large rock with the words, "Hic Iacet Lamia," Here Lies-. Lewis takes the whistle to his friend Rose Rita and together they translate its inscription, "Whistle and I shall come," and the word "Lamia," vampire witch. Suddenly Lewis discovers that the instrument appears just when he needs it the most, to scare the town bullies. However, the boy no longer feels like himself, and it takes the magic of his uncle, Mrs. Zimmerman, and Father Foley to save Lewis's soul from eternal damnation. Once again, Strickland has produced a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The action is fast paced and the characters are well developed. A riveting addition to the series started by John Bellairs.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.