The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere Series #1)

The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere Series #1)

by Jacqueline West

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Overview

For fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap comes the first book in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

This house is keeping secrets . . .

When eleven-year-old Olive and her parents move into the crumbling mansion on Linden Street and find it filled with mysterious paintings, Olive knows the place is creepy—but it isn’t until she encounters its three talking cats that she realizes there’s something darkly magical afoot. Then Olive finds a pair of antique spectacles in a dusty drawer and discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She can travel inside the house’s spooky paintings to a world that’s strangely quiet . . . and eerily sinister. But in entering Elsewhere, Olive has been ensnared in a mystery darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. With only the cats and an unusual boy she meets in Elsewhere on her side, it’s up to Olive to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142418727
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: Books of Elsewhere Series , #1
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 94,138
Product dimensions: 4.88(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West lives in Chilton, Wisconsin. This is her first novel.

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The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book you wont want to put it down!!! This book is intresting I'm 10 and this is the best book I have ever read!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Dunwoody family move into a fixer upper Victorian mansion left vacant when elderly Ms. McMartin died. Eleven year old Olive finds the house odd, but her mathematical minded parents see nothing out of the ordinary starting with the inability to remove the strange drawings from the wall, but upon a closer look she sees things moving inside the paintings. Looking around the house, Olive finds glasses that she puts on for fun. Instead of blur, she realizes she enter the pictures and travel in a realm that sort of looks like her natural one, but seems shadowy and too quiet to the stunned tweener. Horatio the cat warns her not to stay too long in their world and never lose the glasses if she is on this side of the frame. Olive also meets raging Morton who claims he is from her side of the divide, but was thrown into the picture world because he knew too much. As she learns more about the house and its contents, Olive fears something evil wants to keep her silent in order for her not to reveal what the darkness wants to do to the light. With illustrations from Poly Bernatene enhancing the strong haunted house mystery, Jacqueline West provides an exhilarating middle school age tale. Fast-paced, young readers will want to join courageous Olive as she investigates the goings-on inside the painting world and the house, but is unsure who to trust with her growing concerns especially in light of her parents thinking logically that she is playing make believe. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't gotten this book yet ( :( ), but I did get it from my school library! I'm on Chapter 17 and so far, it's the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I TOTALLY recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a book that you cant put down?well guess what? this is the book it is very addicting and it is a great summer read! I am 11 years old and i thought that this book was very good for pepole who like adventure it is more of the wow that is so awesome than the same old same old.. i would recommend the book of elsewhere the shadows to many pepole who like action, a jaw dropping mystery ,and a good adventure . I gave this 5 stars because of how well rounded everything is. Every kid can read read this book and enjoy it . This is one of my favorite books and i hope it will be yours next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend and I both read this book, and we really liked it. You could't tell what was going to happen, and it made everything super scary. The author is really good with descriptions, something I myself do not excell at. It was a good read, perfect for Thanksgiving break. And if you're looking at the cover wondering why that girl is wearing such weird glasses, they're not hers. You'll understand when you buy. :-) And personally, I think Olive is really pretty. Without the glasses. :-) Reviewed by: Lauren Kellie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this book was amazing i would read it when ever i could i just couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good i have it its a strong book for young and adult readers get it now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book last year and I could not take my mind off of the book. Every time I finished my work I'd turn it in and immediently take it out and put my nose in it. Before I read this I was always nervous about scary stuff but Jacquline made me not stop like she put a spell on it to make me never stop reading it. I highly recomend this book. Bye!
TeachingmomNY More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book and once he read the first page, he was hooked. We have already purchased the second one and are going to give it to him for his birthday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very mystery and good kid book! Thank you for letting me read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though these books are awesome and you should totally read them i need to talk about something else. I told this i told i told this really cute guy that i have a crush on him and he didnt respond so i just walked away. Hes not avoiding me but were not hanging out like we used to. Im worried that i might have just ruined our whole friendship! Please help me!!!! :( also these books are really great
Woodwinked More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing I am an adult, and this is my most favorite middle grade book since Harry Potter. Jacqueline West is a brilliant author. Her characters , dialogue, world building, and scene setting a beautifully flawless. I love authors who do not write down to children but produce beautiful books even parents can enjoy. My heart races while joining Olive on her adventures. This should have been a 10 book series.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im that tween that loves books and this book was amazing . This book had me on the edge of my seat . I couldnt put it down . Is a mix of new old fright discovery mystery and trust . I DARE YOU TO READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book love the rest of the series also!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is filled with mystery and adventure. I would definetly reccomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good i read when i have time im 11 and i love books now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome has a lot of omg moments and you will not stop reading it i love this book however it is a little boring at the first then at like chapter 2 it is great one of my favorite books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG. If you don't like this book you are really cookoo. Especially the last 70 pages. It was so good ,I didnt want to put it down. GET THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it ..... it so awesome ages 7to 17 if you like mystery and adventure this is the perfect book for you!!!
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book about a girl who moves into a new house with her parents and discovers something unusual about the paintings--when she puts on a pair of glasses she finds, she can go inside them!!
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olive has moved into a very old, strange house. She finds herself jumping into the paintings that are hung on the wall when she wears the magical spectacles she finds in the drawer in one of the old rooms. Not knowing who to trust (with an array of characters she meets) she soon helps destroy the evil Aldous McMartin from trapping innocent people in the pictures.A great read! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and purchased #2 before even finishing this book. I love the characters and it isn't at all predictable in the sense that most children's fantasies turn out being. Highly recommended ages 8-108.
ASBiskey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is well written book for readers from about fourth-grade on. The characters are well defined and fun, particularly the cats. A sense of suspense and magic builds as Olive explores the world(s) of her new house. I think that this is a very good addition to middle-reader fantasy literature.
phh333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a fun book. A story about a girl who fights an evil force that resides in the house. She enters the various paintings found around the house using some glasses. Events are very random. I'm afraid this is going to be a series.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olive's family buys an old, creepy house that is enormous.and full of odd paintings. Olive's parents are absorbed with Math and all things mathmatical so Olive has lots of time to explore. When she finds a pair of old glasses she discovers that she can actually go into the paintings. She also discovers a trio of talking cats who guard the house and it's "secret". Despite warnings from these cats, Olive continues to explore inside the paintings, popping in and out at will. Was it only a matter of time until something followed her out?This is the first of the Books of Elsewhere series. I really enjoyed it. I read it during lunch hours so it took a bit of time. Normally, it would have been a one sitting book, which can be fun. I liked the characters and loved the cats. There was action and mystery. I think this would appeal to boys and girls. I will be reading the next in the series.
johneklund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
PICTURE PERFECT MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE!"The Shadows" by Jacqueline West is fantastic. It is about Olive, an ordinary eleven-year-old girl who discovers an extraordinary new world when her family moves into an old Victorian home adorned with unique paintings. Determined to unlock the mysteries of the house, Olive finds herself in one adventure after another, and makes a few close friends along the way. This book has the same heartwarming magic as "Harry Potter" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." I'm looking forward to volume II.