Sunday, January 20, 2013

HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

There has been an incident and the Walker family must relocate.  The realtor is about to show them the Kristoff House in an area known as Sea Cliff.  Since moving is the last thing the children Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor want; they are suspicious when the realtor gushes about how fabulous this house is.

Sea Cliff is no joke.  Kristoff House is balanced precariously on a cliff with portions of the structure supported by stilts and something described as "earthquake" barrels.  The family is promised that the elaborate house is perfectly safe and has survived previous disasters unscathed.

A fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge impresses the potential buyers, but before they even enter the house, Brendan is spooked by an angel statue in the garden.  No one listens to his worries which should have been taken as a warning of times to come.

Inside, the place is amazing.  It is fully furnished with elegant appointments including an amazing library that captures the attention of Cordelia.  This place might not be so bad after all.  The asking price is too good to pass up, and the sale is quickly made. 

The family has barely moved in when disaster strikes.  In a freak accident the children's parents disappear leaving only bloody traces behind.  What follows is total chaos!  Cordelia, Brendan, and Eleanor begin a series of adventures that have them battling colossal giants and pirates as they struggle to stay alive in a house that soon becomes a vehicle of sorts.  When book loving Cordelia discovers they have become part of some story created by the house's original owner, the children's quest becomes one of finding the right story that will take them to their parents and reunite the Walker family.

Author Ned Vizzini teams up with movie director/producer Chris Columbus in creating this new fantasy adventure.  HOUSE OF SECRETS will be the first in a series of books sure to capture the attention of young adventure fans.  Set to release April 23, 2013, this is one to put on your to-be-read list.

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