House of Secrets (House of Secrets Series #1)

House of Secrets (House of Secrets Series #1)

by Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, Greg Call

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Hailed as “a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure” by J. K. Rowling, this New York Times bestseller is the first installment in the explosive tween fantasy series by famed Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story).

Siblings Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything they could ever want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job. Now the family must relocate to an old Victorian house, formerly the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff—a house that simultaneously feels creepy and too good to be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they’re banished to a primeval forest way off the grid.

Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible—and to fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they’ll discover that it’s not just their family that’s in danger . . . it’s the entire world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062192486
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Series: House of Secrets Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 483,471
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, Stepmom, and Mrs. Doubtfire. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum and The Help.

Ned Vizzini (1981–2013) began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naaah . . . , his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, was named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and was selected for the Today Show Book Club by Judy Blume. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a cult classic, was adapted into a feature film and was named one of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels by National Public Radio. The Other Normals, his third novel, was a Junior Library Guild selection. He also wrote for television, including MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf.

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J.K. Rowling

“A breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books, HOUSE OF SECRETS comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear.”

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House of Secrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting, but was shocked to see it posted for younger children. I feel that there are many words that a 12 year old would not understand and situations that some younger kids may not be ready for, *spoiler* dissecting people for fun in maniacal ways. I feel the book is more for an age group of 15 and up or a more mature kid. Some things may be scary for younger readers. I think the book has a lot of good twists and turns that one would never expect in a children's book and believe there will be a good squeal. Strongly suggest parents of children under 15 pre-read, due to political, religious views. On another note ,this book is a quick fun read for adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read and Columbus and Vizzini have written it for special effects in a movie. My only issue is that the Fact that the characters are brother and sisters and will not be able to provide the depth that we saw created by the friendships in the Harry Potter series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Full of nonstop adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! It is so exciting and each chapter is a cliff hanger! Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading it til it was finished
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hang on to the edge of your seat, exciting , exhilirating, make you read the book again, kind of story
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
This title was full of excitement, adventure, and unexpected twists. I had a blast reading it and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU SUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I rest my case
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HATE IT!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on pg.100 and I can not stop reading it. If you love mystery then read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so exciting! It really is a "break neck rollercoaster of an adventure!",Discribed by J.K. Rowling. I got really intreagued in the story on page 32. I think you should buy it, it's really worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure here: I'm a mom. My daughter picked this book out to read, and I read it first. I'm going to tell her that she probably should NOT read it. Vivisection does not belong in any book, but certainly not in a children's book. The skeletons were a bit over the top too, but at least they were magical, which seems to make things a little less personal and real. But then we find out how they bacame skeletons and it was just too aweful. I would not reccomend this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
My2CentsIL More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter it is not... Really wanted to enjoy this book but found the multiple twists difficult to sift through and my attention waned. Couldn't wait to finish - and not in a good way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 11 year old son and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it as well. In fact, we both liked it so much that we are eagerly awaiting the release of House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spooky, strange story that includes an evil witch.
ymccarthy More than 1 year ago
The was a twist and turn in every chapter. I was inthralled in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it, although I feel it is geared more for an older reader (possibly 10-14).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the premise is interesting and the characters not detestable, over all House of Secrets was just too over the top. It reads like it was specifically written for kids who hate reading and have ADHD- so much action it's manic.  And even if you can suspend belief enough to get into the story there is the completely unrealistic children. Spoiler alert:  What eight year old would get stabbed in the shoulder and  get back up and fight pirates? Which brings me to my main objection to the book, the violence. If you have an older kid who is jaded and  you don't mind them reading about torture, murder, and violence of other types then they may enjoy this read. Otherwise I recommend a pre-read by parents. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on my toes. I couldnt put my nook down. It is as good as Warriors by Erin Hunter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago