[Children's Fiction (Ages 10-12) ][br /][br /][Read by Daniel Vincent Gordh][br /][br /]The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets -- hailed by J. K. Rowling as ''a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure'' -- this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini is full of even more explosive twists and turns. -- Since the siblings' last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved -- the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found, and summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her and sends the Walkers on a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff's books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they'll be tested--by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and each other--in ways that cut deeper than before. Fantasy fiction fans who enjoy Rick Riordan will find much to love in this thrilling and action-packed novel!
Chris Columbus has written, directed, and produced some of the most successful box-office hits in Hollywood history. He first made his name by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies. As a director, Columbus has been at the helm of such iconic projects as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone, Stepmom, and Mrs. Doubtfire. As a producer, Columbus was also behind the hit films Night at the Museum and The Help.[br /][br /]Ned Vizzini (1981-2013) began writing for the New York Press at the age of fifteen. At seventeen, he was asked to write a piece for the New York Times Magazine, and at nineteen, he published Teen Angst? Naaah..., his autobiography of his years at Stuyvesant High School. His debut teen novel, Be More Chill, was selected for the Today Show Book Club by Judy Blume. It's Kind of a Funny Story, a cult classic, was adapted into a 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis and named one of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels by National Public Radio. The Other Normals, his third novel, was a Junior Library Guild selection. He was the co-author, with Chris Columbus, of the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series House of Secrets. He wrote for the New Yorker and Salon. He also wrote for television, including MTV's hit show Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.
“A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart.”(Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “A breakneck, jam-packed rollercoaster of an adventure about the secret power of books, HOUSE OF SECRETS comes complete with three resourceful sibling heroes, a seriously creepy villainess, and barrel loads of fantasy and fear.”(J.K. Rowling)
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “A swift-paced . . . clever page-turner for any reader who has wanted to take part in literary adventures. . . . This story is compelling, great fun, and sure to be popular.”(ALA Booklist)
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “In a rousing adventure reminiscent of THE EMERALD ATLAS, director Columbus and author Vizzini catapult a trio of siblings across time and space, as they square off against a forgotten writer’s literary legacy... The nonstop action comes with increasingly high stakes...wildly imaginative.”(Publishers Weekly)
Praise for HOUSE OF SECRETS: “The story is an engrossing page-turner with a parade of near-escapes, hilarious mishaps, and courageous face-offs with terrifying villains. The nonstop action will keep readers on the edge of their seats”(Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)