John Bellairs Books In Order

Lewis Barnavelt Books In Publication Order

  1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973)
  2. The Figure in the Shadows (1975)
  3. The Letter, the Witch and the Ring (1976)
  4. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder (1993)
  5. The Ghost in the Mirror (1993)
  6. The Doom of the Haunted Opera (1995)
  7. The Specter from the Magician’s Museum (By:Brad Strickland) (1998)
  8. The Beast Under the Wizard’s Bridge (By:Brad Strickland) (2000)
  9. The Tower at the End of the World (By:Brad Strickland) (2001)
  10. The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost (By:Brad Strickland) (2003)
  11. The House Where Nobody Lived (By:Brad Strickland) (2006)
  12. The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (By:Brad Strickland) (2008)

Anthony Monday Mysteries Books In Publication Order

  1. The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn (1978)
  2. The Dark Secret of Weatherend (1984)
  3. The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb (1988)
  4. The Mansion in the Mist (1992)

Johnny Dixon Books In Publication Order

  1. The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983)
  2. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (1983)
  3. The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull (1984)
  4. The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost (1985)
  5. The Eyes of the Killer Robot (1986)
  6. The Trolley to Yesterday (1989)
  7. The Chessmen of Doom (1989)
  8. The Secret of the Underground Room (1990)
  9. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (With: Brad Strickland) (1994)
  10. The Hand of the Necromancer (With: Brad Strickland) (1996)
  11. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (With: Brad Strickland) (1997)
  12. The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (With: Brad Strickland) (1999)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Pedant and the Shuffly (1968)
  2. The Face in the Frost (1969)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. St. Fidgeta And Other Parodies (1966)
  2. Magic Mirrors (2009)

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John Bellairs Books Overview

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Lewis Barnavelt isn’t at all sure he is going to like living with his Uncle Jonathan in New Zebedee, Michigan. But when he gazes up at his Uncle’s three story stone mansion with its tall turrett and bright lights blinking at every window, he feels a whole lot better. Lewis had always dreamed of living in a mansion, and Uncle Jonathan eccentric and lovable makes him feel right at home. In the three weeks before school starts, Lewis explores dozens of unused rooms and secret meandering, passageways, which is almost as fun as playing evening poker with Mrs Zimmermann, their next door neighbor, and laughing at Uncle Jonathan’s amazing magic tricks. But things take a decided turn for the worse when lewis discovers a different kind of magic lurking in the grand old mansion, one that ticks quietly and determinedly behind every wall, like a human heartbeat…
.’it’s the blend of the everday and the supernatural that makes the story glow. What the author has done that’s so special is to touch both the intellect and the feelings’ New York Times

The Figure in the Shadows

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Letter, the Witch and the Ring

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder

While visiting his cousin in England, Lewis Barnavelt accidentally unleashes the ghost of the wicked Malachiah Pruitt, a three hundred year old maniacal wizard. PW. VY.

The Ghost in the Mirror

A summer trip becomes a dangerous journey into the past when Rose Rita unwittingly accompanies Mrs. Zimmerman, a woman hoping to regain her magical powers, until she loses her memory and leaves them stranded in the year 1828. AB. SLJ.

The Doom of the Haunted Opera

When Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger explore an abandoned theater, they discover an unpublished opera score. Ignoring a strange omen, they show it to their music teacher, who heralds ‘The Day of Doom’ as a masterpiece. Then eerie Henry Vanderhelm, the composer’s grandson, arrives with a plan to awaken the dead and enslave the world!.

The Specter from the Magician’s Museum (By:Brad Strickland)

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Beast Under the Wizard’s Bridge (By:Brad Strickland)

What is it about the old Wilder Creek Bridge that makes Lewis Barnevelt so curious and so afraid? When Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita Potttinger set out to explore the bridge and the deserted farm nearby, they discover shocking secrets and a horrifying monster. Even Lewis’s Uncle Jonathan and the magical Mrs. Zimmermann may not be able to vanquish this ferocious creature! ‘ Strickland’s characters ring true in this entertaining page turner that will captivate readers.’ VOYA ‘A wonderful blend of mystery, adventure, ghosts, and friendship.’ School Library Journal

The Tower at the End of the World (By:Brad Strickland)

An evil wizard, a mysterious island, a dark tower, and a frightening monster are just some of the elements in this gripping new Lewis Barnavelt adventure. When Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and their friends Rose Rita Pottinger and Mrs. Zimmermann vacation near Lake Superior, they encounter the ghastly Ishmael Izard, a sorcerer who’s determined to destroy the world. Will they be strong enough to defeat him, or will their fate be decided by their formidable foe? Brad Strickland continues the best selling series of the late John Bellairs in this hair raising sequel to the immensely popular, critically acclaimed The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost (By:Brad Strickland)

Lewis Barnavelt is back! And this time, our lovable underdog/hero has stumbled upon something more powerful than even his overactive imagination can dream up. A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to an old grave and a mysterious, magical whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys who insist upon bullying him, he is left with a tough decision. Does he continue to use the whistle, which he suspects might not be fully benign? Is Lewis strong enough to face the potent spirit that he is unknowingly summoning? Brad Strickland continues to attract readers to the best selling series begun by the late John Bellairs. Fans of the series will delight in the familiar cast of Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and best friend Rose Rita Pottinger. Those new to the books will be lured in by the masterfully written supernatural elements and hair raising situations.

The House Where Nobody Lived (By:Brad Strickland)

The lovable underdog Lewis Barnavelt and his best friend Rose Rita are at it again investigating the curious and possibly supernatural? goings on in their town of New Zebedee. They get more than they bargained for when a new family moves into the Hawaii House, one of the oddest looking houses in town, and Lewis and Rose Rita are drawn into a mystery involving forces far beyond the shores of their imagination. Why are there strange drumbeats emanating from the top floor of the Hawaii House? And why is Lewis having dreams about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire?

Incorporating actual Hawaiian legends with a spine tingling story of suspense, this is another great addition to the Bellairs canon.

The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer (By:Brad Strickland)

Lewis’s hopes for a peaceful summer vacation are shattered as one accident after another plagues him. Is all his bad luck really just a coincidence? Or does it have something to do with the mysterious hooded figure he keeps seeing?

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn

Working on the few clues he has, Anthony Monday sets out to find a treasure that may or may not have been hidden by the town millionaire, Alpheus Winterborn, prior to his death, but the only way he will know is by completing a full search. PW. ‘

The Dark Secret of Weatherend

When Anthony Monday stumbles upon a book that reveals a frightening plan to turn the world into an icy wasteland, he knows that he must find the person responsible and stop him before it is too late. SLJ. ‘

The Lamp from the Warlock’s Tomb

Anthony Monday couldn’t see why Miss Eells was so excited about a curious looking oil lamp with pictures painted on the base. Little did the two of them know that the lamp they bought was stolen from the underground tomb of Willis Nightwood a dabbler in the occult and black arts. When Anthony lights the lamp, monstrous forces are unleashed. Can Anthony and Miss Eells stop this satanic power before it destroys the world?’Engrossing.’ School Library Journal

The Mansion in the Mist

The last three people who stayed in the old Canadian cottage vanished into the northern air. But Anthony Monday is thrilled when his friend Miss Eells and her brother Emerson invite him to join them for a vacation in the cottage. Secretly, he thinks the threesome will have fun solving the mystery of the strange disappearances. But fun quickly turns to horror when Anthony discovers an enchanted trunk that can transport him to another world. The Autarchs who rule this world have put together a terrible plan to destroy the people of Earth. All they need to complete their plan is a mysterious cube which they have lost somewhere between the two worlds. Can Anthony and his friends rescue the cube before the Autarchs find itor will their desperate struggle be the end of them? Enchanted spells, otherworldly villains, and likeable heroes are just a few of the ingredients that beloved author John Bellairs has combined to concoct this magical brew of spine chilling adventure

The Curse of the Blue Figurine

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost

Collapsed in a weird trance, Johnny Dixon is dying. Professor Childermass soon learns why Johnny is possessed by the spirit of the late Warren Windrow. In a desperate effort to find a clue that will save Johnny’s life, the Professor races to the gloomy Windrow estate where he finds himself fighting for his own life.

The Eyes of the Killer Robot

At first, Johnny Dixon doesn’t believe Professor Childermass’s story about Evaristus Sloane, the insane inventor of a fiendish, baseball pitching robot. Then Johnny sees faces at his window at night, and senses he’s being followed. Old Sloane has invented a new, improved robot, and he only needs one thing to bring it to life Johnny’s eyes. A unique plot, marvelous characters, and non stop suspense make for deliciously wicked fun. Booklist

The Trolley to Yesterday

Professor Childermass has made an astonishing discovery. Behind a bricked up wall in his house is a rickety old trolley that can travel through time. Soon Johnny Dixon, his friend Fergie, and the professor are headed for Constan tinople, 1453! The professor has a desperate plan to alter history, but it may cost him his life. Can Johnny and Fergie stop him before it’s too late? Brace yourself for a wild ride. Kirkus Reviews The late John Bellairs was the critically acclaimed, best selling author of many Gothic novels, including the novels starring Lewis Barnavelt and Rose Rita Pottinger.

The Chessmen of Doom

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Johnny Dixon, Fergie and Professor Childermass comply with a strange will left by the Professor’s brother, which requires them to spend the summer at a desolate estate where they encounter a madman bent on destroying the world.

The Secret of the Underground Room

Professor Childermass is stunned when Father Higgins claims that a ghost is trying to contact him. Then the priest disappears. When the professor and Johnny catch up to him, they make a terrifying discovery Father Higgins is possessed by Masterman, the spirit of a long dead knight determined to rule the world. And it looks as if Masterman is going to get his way. ‘Has enough chills to satisfy readers not quite ready for Stephen King.’ School Library Journal

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (With: Brad Strickland)

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis Barnavelt, Johnny Dixon, and Anthony Monday. Now, the ten top-selling titles feature an updated cover look. Loyal fans and enticed newcomers will love the series even more with this haunting new look!

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (With: Brad Strickland)

Fergie takes an enchanted book from the library and slowly falls under the evil spell of sorcerer Thanatos, jeopardizing his own life and the lives of his friend and professor, but if no one can save Fergie, Thanatos will gain the power to live forever.’

The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (With: Brad Strickland)

‘Gravely ill.’ The haunting words keep repeating themselves over and over in Johnny Dixon’s brain. After all the tests, doctors still can’t find any earthly reason why Johnny’s father lies unconscious. Could it be that Johnny’s tangles with a malevolent creature have caused his father to be its latest victim? To save him, Johnny and his friends Professor Childermass and Fergie Ferguson must not only enter into battle with the fearsome fiend, they must fight it in the realm of its own unearthly world!

The Pedant and the Shuffly

The evil magician Snodrog ensnares his victims with his inescapable logic and transforms them into Flimsies stained handkerchiefs…
until the kindly sorcerer, Sir Bertram Crabtree Gore Esq. enlists the help of a magical Shuffly Latin name: Scuffulans Hirsutus…
and Snodrog meets his match!

The Face in the Frost

The Face in the Frost is a fantasy classic, defying categorization with its richly imaginative story of two separate kingdoms of wizards, stymied by a power that is beyond their control. A tall, skinny misfit of a wizard named Prospero lives in the Southern Kingdom a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Both he and an improbable adventurer named Roger Bacon look in mirrors to see different times and places, which greatly affects their personalities and mannerisms and leads them into a myriad of situations that are sometimes frightening and often hilarious. Hailed by critics as an extraordinary work, combining the thrills of a horror novel with the inventiveness of fantasy, The Face in the Frost is the debut novel that launched John Bellairs’ reputation as one of the most individual voices in young adult fiction.

Magic Mirrors

Magic Mirrors is a collection of the adult fantasy and humorous works of John Bellairs. This collection includes The Face in the Frost, The Dolphin Cross a previously unpublished fragment sequel to The Face in the Frost, The Pedant and the Shuffly, and Saint Fidgita and Other Parodies. The collection introduction is by Bruce Coville. There is also a special introduction to the Dolphin Cross by Ellen Kushner. The Face in the Frost is a fantasy novel that centers on two accomplished wizards, Prospero ‘and not the one you’re thinking of’ and Roger Bacon, tracking down the source of a great magical evil. Playfully written with frightening dips into necromancy, the novel includes talking mirrors, carriages made out of turnips and miniature wizards bobbing through underground rivers in miniature ships, but also disturbing imagery including magically mummified animals, melting cities, and souls trapped within their own graves. Bellairs said, ‘The Face in the Frost was an attempt to write in the Tolkien manner. I was much taken by The Lord of the Rings and wanted to do a modest work on those lines. In reading the latter book I was struck by the fact that Gandalf was not much of a person just a good guy. So I gave Prospero, my wizard, most of my phobias and crotchets. It was simply meant as entertainment and any profundity will have to be read in.’The Dolphin Cross is an unfinished fragment about the first third of the sequel to The Face in the Frost, and shares the two protagonists from that novel, Prospero and Roger Bacon. In this adventure, Prospero is kidnapped and exiled to a lonely island. He escapes and manages to unravel some of the mystery as to who would want to do this and why?The Pedant and the Shuffly is a short, illustrated fable detailing the chaotic encounter of the two title characters. The evil magician Snodrog ensnares his victims with his inescapable logic and transforms them into Flimsies stained handkerchiefs…
until the kindly sorcerer, Sir Bertram Crabtree Gore Esq. enlists the help of a magical Shuffly Latin name: Scuffulans Hirsutus…
and Snodrog meets his match!St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies is a collection of short stories satirizing the rites and rituals of Second Vatican Council era Catholicism. A mixture of mock scholarship, parodies of ecclesiastical language and manner, puns, jokes and occasional strokes of inspired foolishness. Table of Contents

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