Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb

Written by: John Bellairs

First line: "Hey, Miss Eells!"

Why you should read this book: Enter into a quaint universe where a socially awkward teenage boy can be best friends with an elderly female librarian, stumble blithely into occult mysteries, and narrowly avert the return to earth of an ancient and omnipotent evil employing nothing more than a stainless steel hand catapult and two ball bearings. Anthony Monday may occasionally find himself tongue-tied or otherwise shaking in his boots, but he can't bear to miss out on an adventure, and his klutzy companion, Miss Eells, had a wonderful knack for blundering into them. A creepy spirit attached to a creepy antique oil lamp figure prominently in this supernatural mystery for young readers.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Probably no point in speaking ill of a perennial favorite, but do people really talk or act this way? A lot of this story makes no sense to me.

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