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Title:
Battle of the beasts
Author:
Columbus, Chris, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
465 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 13.0 167023.
ISBN:
9780062192493
Format :
Book

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The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets--hailed by J. K. Rowling as "a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure"--this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) is full of even more explosive twists and turns.

Since the siblings' last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved--the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found. Summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her, and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff's books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they are tested in ways that cut deeper than before--by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and one another.

Fantasy fiction fans who enjoy Rick Riordan will find much to love in this thrilling and action-packed novel.


Author Notes

Ned Vizzin was born in New York City on April 4, 1981. He began writing professionally as a teenager. He wrote essays and articles for the New York Press, the New York Times, and other publications. His first book, Teen Angst? Naaah...: A Quasi Autobiography, was published in 2000. His other books include Be More Chill, House of Secrets co-written with film director Chris Columbus, and It's Kind of a Funny Story, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 starring Zack Galifianakis. His television writing credits include MTV's Teen Wolf, and the NBC drama Believe. He committed suicide on December 19, 2013 at the age of 32.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Vizzini's last book before his death, in 2013, continues his collaboration with film director Columbus and follows the adventures of the Walker siblings: Cordelia, 16; Brendan, 13; and Eleanor, 9. While they have survived their wild journeys, as the sequel opens, readers learn fortune did not create happiness: their father has a gambling addiction, Brendan is a social outcast, and most distressing, Cordelia appears to be turning into an ancient crone. The Wind Witch is back, but this time she is inside Cordelia. An exorcism is just the beginning; the siblings also battle gladiators in ancient Rome, outwit cyborg Nazis, and face Yeti-like monsters in a Tibetan monastery in another imaginative, fast-paced adventure that is sure to please fans. Vizzini's older readers will miss his elegant and often eloquent, wry tone. Here's hoping another writer steps in to finish the planned trilogy.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-The action-packed adventures of the Walker siblings ramp up in this sequel. This time, the family travels to Ancient Rome, battles Nazis during World War II, and treks through the Himalayas. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.