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100 Cupboards

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Readers who love Percy Jackson, the Unwanteds, and Beyonders will discover that 100 cupboards mean 100 opportunities for adventure! The bestselling and highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series starts here. What dangers are locked behind the cupboard doors? Henry isn't brave, but when he hears a thumping and scratching on the other side of his bedroom wall, he can't ignore it. He scrapes off the plaster and discovers mysterious doors--cupboards of all different shapes and sizes. Through one he sees a glowing room and a man strolling back and forth. Through another he sees only darkness and feels the cold sense that something isn't right. When his cousin Henrietta boldly travels into the worlds beyond the cupboards, it's up to Henry to follow her. Now that he's opened the doors, can he keep the evil inside from coming through? "A must-read series." --The Washington Post
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 289 pages
  • 132.08 x 192.53 x 20.32mm | 213.19g
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0375838821
  • 9780375838828
  • 20,828

Review Text

"Well crafted and gratifying." -School Library Journal

"A highly imaginative tale." -Kirkus Reviews

"This is my favorite kind of fantasy, combining the secret and the ordinary." -Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

"One of the most fascinating new fantasy worlds grown on American soil since Oz." -MuggleNet.com

"Highly appealing characters whom readers will want to encounter again." -The Horn Book Magazine

"Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards." -The Bulletin

"The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience." -Booklist
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Review quote

"Well crafted and gratifying." --School Library Journal "A highly imaginative tale." --Kirkus Reviews "This is my favorite kind of fantasy, combining the secret and the ordinary." --Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author "One of the most fascinating new fantasy worlds grown on American soil since Oz." --MuggleNet.com "Highly appealing characters whom readers will want to encounter again." --The Horn Book Magazine "Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards." --The Bulletin "The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience." --Booklist
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About N. D. Wilson

N. D. WILSON lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
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Rating details

13,371 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,439)
4 38% (5,021)
3 27% (3,599)
2 8% (1,028)
1 2% (284)

Our customer reviews

Travel writers Phil and Ursula York of Boston, MA, the parents of timid twelve-year-old Henry, have been kidnapped while riding bicycles in Colombia, so Henry goes to Henry, KS, to live with his uncle and aunt, Frank and Dorothy (Dotty) Willis and his three cousins, Henrietta, Anastasia, and Penelope. He is given a bedroom in the attic and one night, after hearing some thumping and scratching, discovers that there are 100 cupboard doors under the plaster, which he proceeds to remove. Then he and Henrietta explore the doors which seem to open into other worlds, meeting several odd characters along the way like a boy named Richard Leeds, the strange little man Eli FitzFaeren, and the evil witch Nimiane. What will happen to Henry and Henrietta? Will they be able to get back home? And exactly who is Henry anyway? Author Nathan David Wilson, born in 1978, is the son of Reformed minister Douglas Wilson whose name is well known among homeschool circles as a proponent of classical Christian education. N. D. is a 1999 graduate of New Saint Andrews College, and holds a master's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD (2001). He served as a part-time Lecturer at New Saint Andrews from 2001-2004, was promoted to Fellow of Literature in the fall of 2004, and still teaches as a professor of classical rhetoric part-time. Formerly he served as the managing editor for Credenda/Agenda magazine. His first children's novel was Leepike Ridge, an adventure story. 101 Cupboards is the opening book of the Henry York fantasy trilogy, followed by Dandelion Fire and The Chestnut King. Wilson has now begun a new series, "The Ashtown Burials," which will be comprised of five novels beginning with The Dragon's Tooth and The Drowned Vault. Based on reviews, I was really looking forward to reading 101 Cupboards. Was I disappointed? No. Was I overwhelmed? Not necessarily. It was adequate, all right, okay, pretty good. The plot starts out a little slowly while the characters are introduced and the stage is set, but it builds up to plenty of action and excitement later on. There is little objectionable. I did note a couple of references to drinking beer. Certain creepy, magical elements, such as when Nimiane feeds off people's blood, might be a little frightening to some children on the younger end of the targeted reading level and those who are a bit sensitive. However, anyone who likes the bizarre and doesn't mind a bit of scariness should enjoy the book. A few loose ends are left at the close, but this opens the door (pun not originally intended, but it fits) for the sequels. I guess that I would like to read the other two books, but I really don't feel any mad rush to go out and get them immediately.show more
by Wayne S. Walker
A must read book. There is a parallel universe which Henry doesn't know about until he scratches away the plaster from his wall and finnds 99 cupboards there which all lead to another universe as such. He goes on many trips which prove life threatening.show more
by Tayla Shelton
Twelve-year-old Henry York's world-traveling parents have been kidnapped, so he has moved in with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins at their old farm home in Henry, Kansas. Even though he's stuck in a tiny converted closet up in the attic, Henry almost doesn't mind living with his relatives. In fact, he's kind of excited about it, because for the first time in his life, he can play baseball without a helmet, sit in the back of a truck, and own a knife of his very own (which his Uncle Frank bought for him). One night, while Henry's lying on his bed in the little attic closet, a piece of plaster falls off of the wall behind him and hits him in the head. With his cousin Henrietta's help, he rips down all of the plaster on that one side to discover an entire wall of mysterious cupboards. In one, they can see a glowing yellow room and a man's leg. From another, wind howls and rain pours into the room when the door is opened. Most of the cupboards are locked, but there is another mystery waiting in Grandfather's bedroom, which hasn't been opened since he passed away two years ago. Are all of these locked doors somehow connected? More importantly, what wonderful (or terrifying) things lie beyond them...? Despite a slow start and a rather convoluted ending, this story certainly delivers for those itching for the blood-curdling and creepy.show more
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