House of Secrets

House of Secrets is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time.  In fact, the front cover of the book has a quote by J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books) saying “A breakneck roller coaster of adventure.”  This book was a breakneck adventure indeed.  This book features the Walker family–a family down on their luck.  The father was a very reputable doctor, until he got his license taken away.  The family has been saving and cutting back and trying to help Mr. Walker find a way to be a doctor again.  Suddenly the family finds a perfect home to live in.  It is gigantic and completely furnished with amazing paintings, furniture, and books.  On the day that the family moves in, there is a huge natural disaster and the parents go missing, leaving the three children to survive on their own.  The children don’t face normal survival though–these children have to survive as the house is transported through portals of different books.  The three children Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia face the best and the worst characters from different novels and the children must survive if they want to find their parents again.

This book has it all:  humor, wit, adventure, mystery, and a floating house.  It is truly a fun book to read. If you like the Harry Potter series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, or Fablehaven, you will love this book.



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