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John Bellairs

John Bellairs(1938-1991)
John Bellairs is most famous for his novel The Face on the Frost. All of these novels are mystery/horror/fantasies suitable for children. Later books (after 1990) were coauthored with Brad Strickland who continued the series after John Bellairs’ death. There are excerpts and plenty of other information at the John Bellairs / Brad Strickland website.

Lewis Barnavelt

Lewis Barnavelt — (1972-1993) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion — his Uncle Jonathan’s. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn’t bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard — but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near — unless Lewis can stop the clock!

John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera John Bellairs Lewis Barnavelt review 1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls 2. The Figure in the Shadows 3. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera Lewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody LivedLewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody LivedLewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody LivedLewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody LivedLewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody Lived 13. The Sign of the Sinister SorcererLewis Barnavelt John Bellairs Brad Strickland 4. The Ghost in the Mirror 5. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder 6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera 7. The Specter from the Magician's Museum 8. The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge 9. The Tower At the End of the World 10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost 12. The House Where Nobody Lived 13. The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

This series was started by John Bellairs and finished by Brad Strickland.

The Ghost in the Mirror: Gothic creepiness for all ages

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The Ghost in the Mirror by John Bellairs

I may not be the best person to review John Bellairs' The Ghost in the Mirror, since it is clearly one book of many in a series, and I've only just arrived. When I picked up my copy from the library, I had no idea that it was part of a larger set, when in fact, Bellairs has written sixteen books that contain the characters found within this book.

I should say at this point that Bellairs' passed away in 1991, leaving behind several unfinished manuscripts. Brad Strickland has completed many of his stories, including this one. But I certainly couldn't see a drop in quality, or any obvious change in style. But then again, I'm a newcomer and this review can only judge the merits of this one particular book. It may therefore be inadequate in assessin... Read More

More children’s fantasy novels by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland

Johnny Dixon — (1983-1994) Ages 9-12. Publisher: A mysterious stranger gives Johnny Dixon a magical ring that plunges him into a terrifying adventure during which he must outwit the ghost of the mad Father Baart.

John Bellairs Johnny Dixon novels for children 1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine 2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt 3. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull 4. The Eyes of the Killer Robot 5. The Revenge of the Wizard's GhostJohn Bellairs Johnny Dixon novels for children 1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine 2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt 3. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull 4. The Eyes of the Killer Robot 5. The Revenge of the Wizard's GhostJohn Bellairs Johnny Dixon novels for children 1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine 2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt 3. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull 4. The Eyes of the Killer Robot 5. The Revenge of the Wizard's GhostJohn Bellairs Johnny Dixon novels for children 1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine 2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt 3. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull 4. The Eyes of the Killer Robot 5. The Revenge of the Wizard's GhostJohn Bellairs Johnny Dixon novels for children 1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine 2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt 3. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull 4. The Eyes of the Killer Robot 5. The Revenge of the Wizard's GhostJohn Bellairs Johnny Dixon mystery novels for children 6. The Trolley to Yesterday 7. The Secret of the Underground Room 8. The Chessmen of Doom 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie John Bellairs Johnny Dixon mystery novels for children 6. The Trolley to Yesterday 7. The Secret of the Underground Room 8. The Chessmen of Doom 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie John Bellairs Johnny Dixon mystery novels for children 6. The Trolley to Yesterday 7. The Secret of the Underground Room 8. The Chessmen of Doom 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie John Bellairs Johnny Dixon mystery novels for children 6. The Trolley to Yesterday 7. The Secret of the Underground Room 8. The Chessmen of Doom 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie Brad Strickland John Bellairs Johnny Dixon 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie 10. The Hand of the Necromancer 11. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder 12. The Wrath of the Grinning GhostBrad Strickland John Bellairs Johnny Dixon 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie 10. The Hand of the Necromancer 11. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder 12. The Wrath of the Grinning GhostBrad Strickland John Bellairs Johnny Dixon 9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie 10. The Hand of the Necromancer 11. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder 12. The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost

This series was started by John Bellairs and finished by Brad Strickland.


More fantasy novels for children by John Bellairs

Anthony Monday — (1978-1992) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Fourteen-year-old Anthony Monday of Hoosac, Minnesota, and his friend Miss Eells, the Hoosac librarian, try to stop an evil wizard from turning the world into an icy wasteland.

John Bellairs novels review Anthony Monday 1. The Dark Secret of Weatherend 2. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn 3. The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb 4. The Mansion in the MistJohn Bellairs novels review Anthony Monday 1. The Dark Secret of Weatherend 2. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn 3. The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb 4. The Mansion in the MistJohn Bellairs novels review Anthony Monday 1. The Dark Secret of Weatherend 2. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn 3. The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb 4. The Mansion in the MistJohn Bellairs novels review Anthony Monday 1. The Dark Secret of Weatherend 2. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn 3. The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb 4. The Mansion in the Mist


 

book review John Bellairs The Pedant and the Shuffly The Pedant and the Shuffly — (1968) Ages 9-12. Publisher: The evil magician Snodrog ensnares his victims with his inescapable logic and transforms them into Flimsies (stained handkerchiefs)…until the kindly sorcerer, Sir Bertram Crabtree-Gore (Esq.) enlists the help of a magical Shuffly (Latin name: Scuffulans Hirsutus)… and Snodrog meets his match!


book review The Face in the Frost John BellairsThe Face in the Frost — (1969) Ages 9-12. Publisher: The Face in the Frost is a fantasy classic, defying categorization with its richly imaginative story of two separate kingdoms of wizards, stymied by a power that is beyond their control. A tall, skinny misfit of a wizard named Prospero lives in the Southern Kingdom a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Both he and an improbable adventurer named Roger Bacon look in mirrors to see different times and places, which greatly affects their personalities and mannerisms and leads them into a myriad of situations that are sometimes frightening and often hilarious. Hailed by critics as an extraordinary work, combining the thrills of a horror novel with the inventiveness of fantasy, The Face in the Frost is the debut novel that launched John Bellairs’ reputation as one of the most individual voices in young adult fiction.