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House of Secrets

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HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

House of Secrets

Current Status:
In Season
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Balzer + Bray
Young Adult

We gave it an A-

Harry Potter director Chris Columbus teams up with best-selling YA author Ned Vizzini for an adventure story reminiscent of, well, Harry Potter. In House of Secrets, after a mishap with a witch, the three Walker siblings are banished to a mythical land where they must track down a dangerous tome that elicits Gollum-like possessiveness in its handlers. The 490-page novel is slow out of the gate, but stirs up plenty of action involving pirates, giants, and man-eating insects — not to mention a skeleton sword fight worthy of Jason and the Argonauts. House will have even reluctant readers lining up for a sequel. A-