House of SecretsHardback
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- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Hardback | 560 pages
- Dimensions: 159mm x 240mm x 50mm | 870g
- Publication date: 25 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007465831
- ISBN 13: 9780007465835
- Sales rank: 421,440
HOUSE OF SECRETS follows three siblings and their family as they are forced to move to a mysterious new house in San Francisco and end up embarking on a journey to retrieve a dark book of untold power. The first story in an epic fantasy adventure trilogy! When Brendan, Cordelia and Nell move to Kristoff House they have no idea that they are about to unleash the dark magic locked within. For the house once belonged to a crazed writer, whose stories have come to life. Literally. Now the Walker kids must battle against deadly pirates, bloodthirsty warriors and a bone-crunching giant. If they fail they will never see their parents again and a power-mad Witch will take over the world. No pressure then ...House of Secrets is the first book in a major new series. IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC!
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For over twenty-five years, Chris Columbus has written, directed and produced some of the most successful box-office hits, which have established him as a major force in contemporary Hollywood film-making. As a writer, he launched his career with the legendary films Gremlins and The Goonies. Columbus directed and produced the first two films in the blockbuster Harry Potter series and produced the third. More recently, Columbus has directed features such as the hit film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such films as Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. Ned Vizzini (1981-2013) began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At seventeen, he was asked to write a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and at nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naaah..., his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, 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 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis and 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 was the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. He wrote for the New Yorker and Salon. He also wrote for television, including MTV's hit show Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.
By Amanda Townsend 16 Mar 2013
House of Secrets is a really fun read, full of adventure, action, mystery, with a little bit of romance and even pop culture references. I enjoyed the book's themes of selfishness vs selflessness and the importance of family and working together. I would definitely recommend to any one who enjoys middle grade/YA and especially books about books. I'm really excited to see what happens next, and will definitely be checking out the other works by the authors!
Full video review at: http://youtu.be/GIlQeWAdRts
* 'A breakneck, jam-packed, roller coaster of an adventure' J. K. Rowling