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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After plummeting through a hole in her backyard and finding herself once again in the room of mysterious jars, eleven-year-old Olive unwittingly releases two of Elsewhere's biggest, most cunning, most dangerous forces.
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A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West (www.jacquelinewest.com) came to writing by way of opera (she studied vocal performance) and acting (she worked as an actress at a dinner theatre while earning her degree). Looking back on it, it's hard for Jacqueline to believe she ever wanted to be an opera singer, but singing, acting, and writing have one thing in common, she says: "They're all about telling a story, about getting inside the mind of someone other than yourself." The Books of Elsewhere were inspired by a strange old house in Jacqueline's home town--three floors, cracking paint, sagging porches--that was owned by a professor who created all sorts of odd contraptions. Like lots of kids who live mostly in their imaginations, Jacqueline was obsessed with all things mysterious, creepy, and darkly funny, and with stories where magic intersects with everyday life. She was enthralled by Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, John Bellairs, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh," "Calvin and Hobbes," "Bunnicula," etc. Jacqueline lives with her husband and their dog, Brom Bones (of "Sleepy Hollow "fame).From Booklist:
Odd things continue to happen at the old Victorian house where Olive lives. But Olive and her friend, Morton, discover that evil (and dead) Annabelle McMartin can create havoc outside the house, too. When Olive learns that Morton may be leaving town, she despairs. He is one of the few who know her secret—and her only friend in junior high. Once again filled with clever talking cats, paintings that come alive, and nefarious goings-on, this light fantasy/mystery will be enjoyed by fans of the Elsewhere series, and since it makes a game effort to stand alone, new readers may be lured in as well. Grades 4-6. --Ilene Cooper
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