The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (Johnny Dixon)

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Hidden away in the local library, a sorcerer’s book casts an evil spell in a novel by the author of The House with a Clock in Its Walls
 
Johnny Dixon and his best friend Fergie are whiling away a rainy day at the Duston Heights library when Johnny asks a screwy question: “What’s the last book in the library?” After Johnny goes home, Fergie decides to find out. There, under number 999.99, he finds a very peculiar tome, The Book of True Wishes, which is all about Fergie’s favorite subject: himself. The book knows Fergie’s name, and it promises him everything he ever wanted, which means he is about to forget a very important rule: Be careful what you wish for.
 
When the book puts Fergie under the spell of a mad old wizard, Johnny and his friend Professor Childermass will do whatever it takes to break the book’s hold and save their friend.
 
Johnny Dixon and his eccentric professor friend are two of the most delightful characters in literature as well as “an endearing detective team,” and their adventures continue to hold readers of all ages spellbound (The New York Times).

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John Bellairs is beloved as a master of Gothic young adult novels and fantasies. His series about the adventures of Lewis Barnavelt and his uncle Jonathan, which includes The House with a Clock in Its Walls, is a classic. He also wrote a series of novels featuring the character Johnny Dixon. Among the titles in that series are The Curse of the Blue FigurineThe Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt; and The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull. His stand-alone novel The Face in the Frost is also regarded as a fantasy classic, and among his earlier works are St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies and The Pedant and the Shuffly.

Bellairs was a prolific writer, publishing more than a dozen novels before his untimely death in 1991.
 Brad Strickland has written and cowritten forty-one novels, many of them for younger readers. He is the author of the fantasy trilogy Moon Dreams, Nul’s Quest, and Wizard’s Mole, and the creator of the popular horror novel Shadowshow. With his wife, Barbara, he has written for the Star Trek Young Adult book series, for Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? book series, and for Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Pocket Books). Both solo and with Thomas E. Fuller, he has written several books about Wishbone, public TV’s literature-loving dog. When he's not writing, he teaches English at Gainesville College in Gainesville, Georgia. He and Barbara have two children, Amy and Jonathan, and a daughter-in-law, Rebecca. They live and work in Oakwood, Georgia.

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Grade 5-8. If imitation is indeed the finest form of flattery, John Bellairs would be very pleased with Strickland's newest novel of evildoings in Duston Heights, MA, in the mid-1950s. Fans will warmly greet again their old friends Johnny Dixon, Fergie, and Professor Childermass. Bored, Fergie looks for the last book in the town library (Dewey decimal number 999.99T). The Book of True Wishes, by evil spellbinder Jarmyn Thanatos, puts the boy under a spell that threatens not only his own life but also the lives of his friends and family. The mad sorcerer, in an attempt to achieve earthly immortality, has been kidnapping boys and taking possession of their bodies for the past 300 years. Fergie is his next victim. Can his friends save him? Replete with eerie details?swarming locust mummies, locked coffins, pealing bells, and ghosts?the tension escalates quickly in this sure-to-please page-turner for readers who might have graduated from Goosebumps yet are not quite ready for Stephen King. Perhaps what is eeriest of all is Strickland's perfect imitation of Bellairs. Could it be reincarnation or body snatching? Sounds like a potential Strickland/Bellairs novel.?Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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