House of Secrets by Chris Columbus

70%

7 Critic Reviews

There is lots of adventure and excitement. It was really gripping and entertaining, with funny bits as well.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.

 

About Chris Columbus

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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 is the best-selling author of the acclaimed young-adult books It's Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), Be More Chill, Teen Angst? Naaah . . . , and The Other Normals. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, and the L Magazine. In television he has written for ABC and for MTV's Teen Wolf.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Balzer + Bray. 505 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for House of Secrets
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Gabs on Jul 31 2013

There is lots of adventure and excitement. It was really gripping and entertaining, with funny bits as well.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Krazy Kesh on May 13 2013

The book is a little scary due to a lot of violence. There is an element of horror as a lot of characters are described and introduced as killers.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by TheBookThief on Apr 19 2013

Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by The Book Addicted Girl on Apr 12 2013

House of Secrets was an action packed book full of suspense, dark magic, witty siblings and, you guessed it, a house full of secrets. I was pulled right into the story and literally raced through...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by TheBookThief on Apr 19 2013

Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by The Book Addicted Girl on Apr 12 2013

House of Secrets was an action packed book full of suspense, dark magic, witty siblings and, you guessed it, a house full of secrets. I was pulled right into the story and literally raced through...

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Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 13 2013

...how the authors get their heroes out of trouble and back to the real world seems anticlimactic and, even within the fantastic framework of the story, not entirely believable.

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