The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.
Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.
Quote: „The front window was filled with amazing weapons of all varieties: gigantic axes, obscenely sharp knives, and swords that would make the characters in THE HOBBIT drool.”
Review: I love reading Middle Grade novel. I think these books are the ones that you can enjoy and cherish no matter how old you are. There is a feeling of innocence surrounding a good MG novel that always leaves me giddy. As a result, taking into account my fondness for MG novels, I was looking forward to reading Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus’s „House of Secrets”. The description and cover alone were enough to make me curious about the book. I can definitely say I was not disappointed. The book is very interesting and engaging; it will leave you hanging on every word until the end.
„House of Secrets” is a perfect mash of adventure – it has pirates, witches, WWI soldiers-, action, fantasy and humor – brilliantly inserted in the book by its authors. The protagonists are well developed and able to shine throughout the book. They are also very credible, making you feel like you could meet Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor on the street any day and not be surprised. I also loved the authenticity of their sibling relationship; it was very realistic and once again made me think of a family I might meet at the market.
All in all, if you’re a fan of MG novels or if you are simply looking for an engaging story to read, give „House of Secrets” a try. You will not be disappointed.