~ A Favorite Childhood Book ~
As soon as I saw the topic for today, I knew exactly the book I wanted to talk about. This is a book I had completely forgotten about until a few days ago when I saw this tweet from Tor.com:
You can read their article here.
As soon as I saw that, I was immediately thrown back in time. The book is The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. The story is about a young boy named Lewis who is bullied because of being a fat, weird kid. He goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a wizard, and then finds out that the next-door neighbor is also a witch. I remember my favorite character being Rose Rita, a feisty tomboy who was Lewis’s best friend and not willing to put up with any foolishness.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve read this book, but I remember being obsessed with it during my middle school years. It was spooky, but also very funny and heart warming. This book is also the beginning of a series, although the only other one I read was the second book, A Figure in the Shadows. I wish I could remember more details about the story. I do remember one other character that made me laugh, because he liked to swear a lot, but kept trying to not swear in front of the children. Finally at one point, he just gives up.
Come to think of it, I should probably track these down and re-read them, and maybe finish the series. They were a lot of fun!