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The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

What is it about the old Wilder Creek Bridge that makes Lewis Barnavelt so curious-and so afraid? When Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita Pottinger set out to explore the bridge and the deserted farm nearby, they discover shocking secrets--and a horrifying monster. Even Lewis's Uncle Jonathan and the magical Mrs. Zimmermann may not be able to vanquish this ferocious creature! "[Strickland's] characters ring true in this entertaining page-turner that will captivate readers." --VOYA"A wonderful blend of mystery, adventure, ghosts, and friendship." --School Library Journal

The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge (Lewis Barnavelt #8)

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

What is it about the old Wilder Creek Bridge? Even after it's torn down--especially after it's torn down--why does it continue to exude a sense of deadly menace that arouses both Lewis Barnavelt's curiosity... and his deepest fears? Unable to resist the lure of its mysteries, Lewis and his best friend, Rose Rita Pottinger, discover both shocking secrets and a monster so terrible that even the combined efforts of Lewis, Rose Rita, Uncle Jonathan, and Mrs. Zimmermann may not be enough to save themselves-- and all humankind-- from its ferocious grasp. Brad Strickland continues the best-selling series of the late John Bellairs in this hair-raising mystery-adventure sure to bring shivers to Lewis Barnavelt's many fans.

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

One dark, drippy day, when Byron "Fergie" Ferguson gets bored, he wonders what the last book in the library is. What he finds past the last set of shelves is a battered black cover with the Dewey decimal number 99.99S and a title as red as blood--The Book of True Wishes by Jarmyn Thanatos.Even though Fergie is a good kid, he steals the book, setting off a chain of sinister events that threaten not only his life but the lives of his friends Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass as well. Soon, Fergie is under the control of Thanatos, a mad sorcerer who has been putting children under his spell for the past three hundred years. Can Johnny and the professor break Fergie's deepening trance in time to stop Thanatos and his dangerous march toward maniacal immortality?This eleventh book in the Johnny Dixon series will hold readers spellbound until the final page.

The Chessmen of Doom

by John Bellairs

Professor Childermass's brother Peregrine has left behind a huge inheritance--a mansion, ten million dollars, and a cryptic riddle that might save the world from a madman. The only catch is that the professor must stay on the estate up in Maine for the entire summer. Johnny Dixon and his friend Fergie decide to come along to keep the professor company, but little do they know the dangerous magic that awaits them there. As they try to decode the strange rhyme in Peregrine's will, a powerful force is circling ever closer. Will they solve the mystery in time? Will the madman stay one step ahead of them? Who will help them save the world from destruction? This seventh book in the Johnny Dixon mystery series will have readers on the edge or their seats . . . or maybe hiding under the covers.

The Curse of the Blue Figurine

by John Bellairs

Living with his grandparents gives Johnny Dixon a lot of time to find trouble. Or adventure. Or is it both? In this, the first Johnny Dixon mystery, our young hero hears the spine-tingling story of Father Baart, a madman who haunts the town's church. At first, Johnny does not believe in ghosts, but when he takes a scroll and a small Egyptian figurine from the church basement, all that changes. Soon, a mysterious stranger gives him a ring, and Johnny plunges headlong into a terrifying adventure. Along with his new friend Professor Childermass, Johnny races to solve the mystery of this very real ghost before another life is lost.

The Doom of the Haunted Opera (Lewis Barnavelt #6)

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland Edward Gorey

When Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger explore an abandoned theater, they discover an unpublished opera score. Ignoring a strange omen, they show it to their music teacher, who heralds "The Day of Doom" as a masterpiece. Then eerie Henry Vanderhelm, the composer's grandson, arrives--with a plan to awaken the dead and enslave the world!.

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

When Dr. Charles Coote--a noted folklorist and old friend of Professor Childermass--returns from a conference in New Orleans, he brings home a small, sinister drum. It's made entirely of black wood with red leather straps and small, white bones. Nobody takes Dr. Coote's worries about the drum very seriously, until Fergie taps it a few times and releases an unspeakable evil. Suddenly, Johnny and Fergie and the professor find themselves battling the imposing Madame Sinestra, a voodoo priestess who seeks the magical drum for her evil Caribbean cult. Spells, zombies, and voodoo demons beset our heroes and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can they save Dr. Coote? Will they make it out alive? This ninth book in the Johnny Dixon series was completed by Brad Strickland after John Bellairs died, and it has all the spooky thrills that make these mysteries classics.

The Eyes of the Killer Robot

by John Bellairs

Decades ago, Evaristus Sloane invented a baseball-playing robot. It could pitch a fastball at a hundred and ten miles per hour, but it also had big, vacant, blue glass eyes that gave Johnny Dixon's grandpa the willies. Now, fifty years later, in the fifth book of the Johnny Dixon mystery series, Johnny's friend Professor Childermass puts the robot back together. It's only after he puts its chilling eyes back in their sockets that the professor realizes his mistake--an evil killing machine has been awakened. Soon, Johnny gets kidnapped as the final part of Evaristus Sloane's plan to bring his robot to life--using Johnny's eyes. Can the professor and Fergie make it to Sloane's mansion in time to save Johnny? Can they overcome the evil wizard's most horrifying creation?

The Eyes of the Killer Robot (Johnny Dixon #4)

by John Bellairs

13-year-old Johnny Dixon is put in jeopardy when he and Professor Childermass try to find a robot made many years ago by an evil wizard.

The Face in the Frost

by John Bellairs

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 Prospero 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's reputation as one of the most individual voices in young adult fiction.

The Face in the Frost

by John Bellairs

In the roadside towns, the wizards picked up stories and rumors. One man told how frost formed on the windows at night, though it was only the middle of September. There were no scrolls or intricate fern leaves, no branching overlaid starclusters; instead people saw seasick wavy lines, disturbing maps that melted into each other and always seemed on the verge of some recognizable but fearful shape. At dawn the frost melted, always in the same way: At first two eyeholes formed, and then a long steam-lipped .mouth that spread and ate up the wandering white picture. ... Voices rose from empty wells, and men locked their doors at dusk. But Prospero and Roger Bacon refused to be daunted, although their road would take them to an end that mirrored their beginning, to uncover the power of THE FACE IN THE FROST.

The Figure In the Shadows (Lewis Barnavelt #2)

by John Bellairs Mercer Mayer

Chubby Lewis, the timid but dauntless hero of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, returns in an even scarier tale of magic and mystery. Investigating the contents of Grandfather Barnavelt's ancient trunk, Lewis and Uncle Jonathan discover an old coin. Lewis hopes it's an amulet whose magic will protect him from bullies. Together with his new friend Rose Rita, he performs a test to find out the coin's power--but neither Lewis nor Rose Rita is prepared for the astonishing and sinister events that follow.

The Gargoyle in the Dump

by John Bellairs

From the award-winning author of The Face in the Frost comes the story of three brothers who rescue a talking gargoyle from their neighborhood junkyard Michael, David, and Alphonsus Jr. (aka Fonsy) are spending the summer trying to blow up the town dock and playing marathon Monopoly games. On the brink of death-by-boredom, they head to the local dump in search of treasures--such as oil cans that Michael can use to build a submarine. But what they find is far from garbage. Staring out at them, between two black stovepipes, is the head of a grinning stone gargoyle with shifty eyes and a long snout. He demands that the brothers take him home to live with them, so the boys wrap him in blankets and cart him back in a wagon. At the house, the gargoyle regales them with vivid tales of his exploits in faraway times and places. He even comes up with endlessly inventive ways of terrorizing the boys' irritatingly dull neighbors. Finally, this is a summer worth writing home about. The Gargoyle in the Dump is a recently discovered, never-before-published story. Also included are two pages of the author's original typed manuscript and an introduction from his long-time literary agent, Richard Curtis.

The Gargoyle in the Dump

by John Bellairs

From the award-winning author of The Face in the Frost comes the story of three brothers who rescue a talking gargoyle from their neighborhood junkyard Michael, David, and Alphonsus Jr. (aka Fonsy) are spending the summer trying to blow up the town dock and playing marathon Monopoly games. On the brink of death-by-boredom, they head to the local dump in search of treasures--such as oil cans that Michael can use to build a submarine. But what they find is far from garbage. Staring out at them, between two black stovepipes, is the head of a grinning stone gargoyle with shifty eyes and a long snout. He demands that the brothers take him home to live with them, so the boys wrap him in blankets and cart him back in a wagon. At the house, the gargoyle regales them with vivid tales of his exploits in faraway times and places. He even comes up with endlessly inventive ways of terrorizing the boys' irritatingly dull neighbors. Finally, this is a summer worth writing home about. The Gargoyle in the Dump is a recently discovered, never-before-published story. Also included are two pages of the author's original typed manuscript and an introduction from his long-time literary agent, Richard Curtis.

The Ghost in the Mirror (Lewis Barnavelt #4)

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

A summer trip becomes a dangerous journey into the past when Rose Rita unwittingly accompanies Mrs. Zimmerman, a woman hoping to regain her magical powers, until she loses her memory and leaves them stranded in the year 1828.

The Hand of the Necromancer

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland

By donating a box full of strange objects, Professor Childermass gets his young friend Johnny Dixon a summer job at the Gudge Museum. Everything seems okay as Johnny mops the floors and dusts the artifacts. That is, until a sinister man named Mattheus Mergal shows up looking for the one item the professor held back to keep safe--a wooden hand carved by the evil wizard Esdrias Blackleash. If Mergal gets the hand, he'll be able to bring back his long-dead relative and their sinister powers will be unstoppable. It's up to Johnny and the professor to keep Mergal from taking over the world, but they'll have to face nightmares, snakes, and imprisonment inside a tiny snow globe. Can they stop Mattheus Mergal in time? In this tenth book in the Johnny Dixon series, author Brad Strickland continues the fast-paced adventures and eerie atmosphere first created by master of chills John Bellairs.

The House With a Clock In Its Walls

by John Bellairs Edward Gorey

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt #1)

by John Bellairs

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (Lewis Barnavelt #3)

by John Bellairs Richard Egielski

Rose Rita embarks with Mrs. Zimmerman on a summer adventure that turns evil when they reach their destination--a farm the Mrs. Zimmerman inherited--and it seems to be deserted except for a magical destructive force.

The Mansion in the Mist

by John Bellairs Edward Gorey

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Mansion in the Mist (Anthony Monday #4)

by John Bellairs

Anthony Monday is delighted when his friend Miss Fells and her brother Emerson invite him to spend summer vacation at an old house on a desolate island. But fun soon turns to terror when Anthony finds a trunk that can transport the three of them to another world-a horrifying place where a maniacal group is plotting the destruction of the people of Earth. Can Anthony and his friends save mankind, or will their desperate struggle be the end of them?

The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

by John Bellairs

In this, the second book in the Johnny Dixon mystery series, Johnny must find the lost will of Mr. H. Bagwell Glomus, a man of great fortune and sinister witchcraft. Mr. Glomus's widow is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who finds its hiding place, enough money to help Johnny's grandmother get the operation she needs. So, Johnny will stop at nothing to find the will.With his neighbor, Professor Childermass, and his new friend Fergie, Johnny won't rest until he solves the puzzle. From Boy Scout camp to hotel windows to underground passageways, Johnny races to find the right clues, all the while with the supernatural nipping at his heels..."The pace is fast and the suspense is compelling. Readers will find themselves quickly caught up." --Booklist"Marvelous surprises for everyone except the villians." --Publishers Weekly

The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost

by John Bellairs

Picking up right where The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull left off, this fourth book in the Johnny Dixon series finds Johnny acting very strangely. He has terrible dreams, he wakes up having sleepwalked, and he is acting mean to his friends Fergie and Professor Childermass. The spirit of the evil Zebulon Windrow has taken over Johnny's body, and soon he is lying in a coma close to death. It is up to the professor and Fergie to save him, but that means going to the icy and dark Windrow estate, where the spirit of the evil wizard awaits them. Will the professor and Fergie get out with their lives? Will they be able to save Johnny's? The world seems to be falling down around them.

The Secret of the Underground Room

by John Bellairs

Their friend Father Higgins is in trouble, and it is up to Johnny and Professor Childermass to save him from the forces of evil. In this, the eighth Johnny Dixon mystery, Johnny and the professor hear word of Father Higgins being haunted, and when he disappears, clues lead them to England. There they find the priest has been possessed by Dr. Masterman, the ghost of a deranged knight bent on ruling the world. Masterman intends to reanimate the bodies of seven evil fellow knights trapped in a hidden, underground room. Hundreds of years ago, the knights sold their souls to the devil and, if Masterman can bring them back, the entire world would be his to control. Can Johnny and the professor stop him in time? Is there any hope of getting their friend back from the spirit's clutches?

The Specter From the Magician's Museum

by John Bellairs Brad Strickland Edward Gorey

Based on John Bellairs' mystery-adventure series, this thrilling story will keep you on the edge of your seat!John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. And this installment by Brad Strickland is no exception! After Rose Rita Pottinger cuts her finger on an enchanted Egyptian scroll, Lewis must work together with his neighbor Florence and sorcerous uncle Jonathan to rescue Rose Rita from the tomb in which she's imprisoned.

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