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  • The House with a Clock in its Walls Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781848128804 - John Bellairs
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    Recently adapted into a major film starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in its Walls will delight fans of Goosebumps, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter.

    First published in 1973, the first book in the series introduces the orphan Lewis Barnavelt as he comes to stay with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan. Lewis is excited to learn that his uncle and next-door neighbour Mrs Zimmerman are both magicians but when he tries his hand at some magic, he unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house - Selenna Izard.

    Lewis learns that Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls of this quirky house - and it could obliterate humankind! Will the Barnavelts be able to save the world before it's too late?
    This collection contains books 1-3 in John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in its Walls series. Please note they have been published with their original American text e.g. color is referenced rather than colour.
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    Lewis Barnavelt doesn't have time on his side... When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbour, Mrs Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis couldn't be happier. What's not to like about seeing his uncle practise spells and eating Mrs Zimmermann's delicious cookies? At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Selenna Izard. It seems that evil Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. As the clock can be heard ticking away in the house all the time, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it is up to the Barnavelts to find where it is hidden in the walls - and stop it. A true race against time...
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    The American classic - now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan Lewis Barnavelt doesn't have time on his side... When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbour, Mrs Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis couldn't be happier. What's not to like about seeing his uncle practise spells and eating Mrs Zimmermann's delicious cookies? At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Selenna Izard. It seems that evil Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. As the clock can be heard ticking away in the house all the time, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, it is up to the Barnavelts to find where it is hidden in the walls - and stop it. A true race against time...
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    Settled into his new life, Lewis seems content living with his magical Uncle Jonathan and neighbour Mrs Zimmermann. He even has a new best friend, Rose Rita, who loves to play sport, build Roman ship models and play with magic - all the things Lewis loves to do too! After discovering Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin, Lewis is certain that it is magical, so he puts it to the test - he recites one of Mrs Zimmermann's spells to awaken its magic. Only Lewis hasn't awakened a good sort of magic. As he wears the coin around his neck, sinister things start to happen. Strange letters addressed to Lewis arrive at midnight, a dark shadowy figure begins to follow him in town and something seems to be inside his body controlling his actions. As the figure in the shadows appears more and more, Lewis is possessed by its power, unable to free himself. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control? And can Uncle Jonathan, Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita make it in time to rescue Lewis?
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    Rose Rita wishes she could go to camp like her best friend, Lewis. She's sure that boys get to have all the fun, but instead she must stay at home and get ready to attend Junior High, where she will have to do 'girly' activities - something she hates! That is until Mrs Zimmermann offers her an adventure of her own - a trip to cousin Oley's farm. Mrs Zimmermann's cousin Oley has left her his farm, as well as a ring that he thinks is magic. But when Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita arrive at the deserted farm, the ring has mysteriously vanished. Strange things start to happen around them - Mrs Zimmermann becomes ill, Rose Rita keeps on seeing scary images and Mrs Zimmermann goes missing. What power does this magical ring have? Will the person who took the ring use it to do evil? And will Rose Rita be able to rescue Mrs Zimmermann from whatever evil force that has taken her?
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    Mrs Zimmermann is at a loss - she still hasn't regained her powers from her last encounter with dark magic and Uncle Jonathan and Lewis have left for the summer to travel around Europe, leaving her and Rose Rita bored and lonely at home. That is until Mrs Zimmermann keeps on seeing visions and shadows of her old magic teacher, Granny Wetherbee, who is trying to contact her from beyond the grave. Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita set off to Pennsylvania to solve the mystery and in doing so travel back in time to Granny Wetherbee, who tells them that they must save a good wizard, Grandpa Drexel, who is destined to die for a wrongdoing he didn't commit. As they both try to change the past, evil lurks in the background - Mrs Zimmermann is struck by amnesia and they must face a local wizard with a grudge and an old score to settle. Will Mrs Zimmermann regain her memory and her powers? Will they be able to right a past wrong? Will they make it back home alive?
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    Lewis and Uncle Jonathan have travelled to England to visit family at Barnavelt Manor, much to Lewis's delight - he hasn't visited family outside of America before! Lewis becomes friends with the housekeeper's son, Bertie, and as the two boys explore the manor's garden maze, Lewis accidentally unleashes demonic forces that summon the ghost of an evil wizard adamant on destroying his entire family. Can Lewis fight the maniacal wizard, or will all the Barnavelts perish?