The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs

The-House-with-a-Clock-in-Its-WallsWhen 10-year-old Lewis’ parents die, he goes to live with his Uncle Jonathan. Jonathan lives in an old mansion formerly owned by a crazy wizard. The mansion has a clock in the walls that ticks at the same loudness all throughout the house. None of them know what it means or where to find the clock.

I don’t want to say anything more about the plot and give things away. This was a delightful book and exactly what I needed right now. I actually haven’t been reading for about a week now. All my reviews this week were backlogs from BBAW week. I’ve finally been able to start writing again, and have spent hours each day working on revamping one of the two novels I wrote last year. I’m hoping to be done with it by mid-October at the latest. Two days ago, however, I needed to put the mss aside and read something. My other current read, Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, was too heavy for my mood. I wanted something light and Halloween-ish, so I picked up this children’s ghost story illustrated by the amazing Edward Gorey.

I admit straight out that I was extremely distracted while reading. My mind would wander back to the plot points I’ve been unraveling in my novel, so my reading was fairly disjointed. I couldn’t concentrate on the voice of the book. I get the impression that I would enjoy this better on audio, which is unusual for me. It wasn’t until about 2/3rds of the way through that I was able to concentrate more, and I started enjoying it more after that. I know that one day I will go back in a less distracted mood and read this more slowly or listen to it on audio.

In the meantime, I want to give a countdown of the top five lessons that I learned from this book:

5. Always tell the truth! Things get worse if you don’t.

4. If your only friend gets a kick out of making fun of you, it’s probably a good time to find a new friend.

3. It’s pretty stupid to walk into the house of a known evil witch.

2. Trying to impress someone with black magic will probably backfire on you.

And the number one top lesson learned from this book is……..


Seriously, though, I have a feeling my kids will really like this book. It’s creepy, but not too creepy. It’s not as creepy as, say, Coraline. I think I might read it aloud to them in October.

About Amanda

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1 Response to The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs

  1. Pingback: The Curse of the Blue Figurine, by John Bellairs | The Zen Leaf

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