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A classic fantasy/mystery from critically acclaimed novelist John Bellairs

Lewis thought the amulet would bring him good luck - instead, it brought nothing but evil.

Lewis is sure that Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin is really a magic talisman in disguise. With its power, he could do anything he wanted - like get back at bully Woody Mingo. But as soon as he begins wearing the coin around his neck, strange things start to happen. Mysterious letters arrive in the dead of night. A strange, shadowy figure seems to be tracking him.

And when Lewis finally gets his revenge on Woody, he feels as if someone else is inside his body, urging him to go even further. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control?

©1975 John Bellairs (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Love these books.

I've read all these books in 5th grade it's nice to have found them again. Story is good and so is the narration.

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we love these characters!

My little guy cannot wait to continue the series! He has fallen in love with the characters.

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Outstanding!

I absolutely loved this book. it's fun, and dark at the same time. George is a fantastic Narrator a

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Lewis Barnavelt returns for another adventure

Lewis is back.
Clumsy, overweight, and kind of whimpy, Lewis.
The kid breaks out crying more times than I can recall in this book. He makes poor decisions and is scared of most everything.

And yet, I like him.
All of these things make him more realistic than most characters in other books.
While we may not want to fess up to being the same way when we were kids, the truth is that we all were.

This time Lewis is not trying to save the world, just himself. It's a story about empowerment, fear, obsession, possession, and friendship.

The story is pretty short, but pretty firmly packed. Not a lot of wasted prose.

I recommend this title, but do read The House With A Clock In Its Walls to get the background first. It's a longer read but worth it.

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Falling short

The first book was quite good, this one how ever seems to have fallen short with what seemed like a very rushed story line. I was hoping to have the villain from the first book having found a way back but in this the journey was plainer.

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