John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!
About the Author
John Bellairs (1938-1991) was the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of many Gothic novels for middle-graders, including the novels starring Johnny Dixon and Lewis Barnavelt.
What People are Saying About This
Is there no end to the suspense John Bellairs can create? (School Library Journal, starred review)
There's suspense and action aplenty. . . . Perfect for the pre-Stephen King set. (Booklist)
Brace yourself for a wild ride. (Kirkus Reviews)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is Anthony Monday's fourth (and to date, last) adventure and sadly, Bellairs's last book. It was published posthumously in 1992. For the three prior adventures, the action took place in Monday¿s home of Minnesota. Here in ¿Mansion,¿ however, we are shown glimpses into another dimension where humanoids plot to takeover the Earth. In true Bellairs fashion the writing is just as enjoyable as before -- though the sudden and jerky left turn into ¿other dimension fantasy¿ can be a bit jarring for those who have been along for the ride since Anthony¿s debut in 1979 (¿The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn¿). That said, this is not a bad book. The characters are enjoyable as always and interact with strange wizards and magical talismans in settings that are be both cozy and chilling. Is this the first Bellairs book a new fan should read? No. Is this the author¿s best work? Not really, though it is sad not knowing what direction Bellairs was already driving toward when he died the year before. Until we ourselves get to another dimension and find Bellairs at his typewriter churning out new material, treasure each book he wrote and make it a point to read them all.