|Plot Summary of The House with a Clock in Its Walls|
|"Lewis is a lonely boy, and not just because his parents are dead. He suffers in the way that only outcast children can. He is sent to stay with Uncle Jonathan his new guardian. Uncle Jonathan is a wizard.
An athletic boy from school, Tarby, befriends Lewis while Tarby is recovering from a broken arm. They find they have things in common and start hanging out together. But Lewis decides he needs to prove his friendship, to do something extra special for Tarby to prove that Lewis is a worthy friend. So he brags about his uncle's magical talent.
While Uncle Jonathan is able to make good on Lewis' boastful promise to Tarby, Lewis soon learns that friendships can be fragile and that his "friend" will require more proofs and more sacrifices.
Strange things begin happening and they increase when Lewis tries his own hand at magic in order to impress Tarby. There is a clock is ticking within the walls of Uncle Jonathan's mansion. Uncle Jonathan and his neighbor, fellow wizard Mrs. Zimmerman, have been unable to find it and they are uncertain what it portends. They tell Lewis that the house was once owned by an evil warlock, Isaac Izard and his wife Selenna. The clock is a doomsday clock. The three must find and stop it before it causes the end of the world.
Bridgette Redman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The House with a Clock in Its Walls|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- humorous or laughable
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- the haunted house chased me!
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
- magical being
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can fly
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
- Smarter than most other characters
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
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