The House with a Clock in Its Walls: Lewis Barnavelt, Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Ten-year-old raises the dead in creepy Gothic classic.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 8+

Spooky and bizarre…

This is a book worth reading at least once. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to younger readers interested in a good spook fest in a gothic setting. I did not find it particularly spooky compared to other horror/thriller books, but this one was bizarre in a good way. It is appropriate for kids and adults alike. I recommend it to kids age 8 and up, since some kids younger than that might not understand what is happening, since there are a lot of supernatural events depicted in the book. I have not see the movie yet, but this is a good book that is not terribly long. The main concerns are the violence and scariness, but there is no mature content besides that. Throughout the book, there are both positive messages, like perseverance and bravery, and positive role models, like Lewis, Uncle Jonathan, and Mrs. Zimmermann, who are all involved in stopping the clock in the walls from ending the world. Overall, this is a mind-bending thriller that many people would enjoy.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 2+


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