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The House in Windward Leaves [Kindle Edition]

Katherine L. Holmes
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Costumes make the child in this fantasy about identity.

Halloween night, the wayward Sadie leads her friends past cardboard cut-outs of
the painter Mistral and a lady at the leaf-covered house on Windward
Road. A wall mural transports them to an enchanted star where their
costumes become real.


As Fortuneteller, Sadie only has to look in her crystal ball to
help the others with their transformations. Her friend Candy is the
Homecoming Queen and her brother has turned into a zebra. The neighbor
boy has become George Washington and his brother is a musician in the
star band.



That begins the adventures of Sadie and the enchanted children who
make up the bizarre star community. Then Mistral's woman friend finds
that her star-of-sapphire necklace is missing. After the gangster Riff
Raff is accused, he displays a map and riddles for a treasure hunt. The
winner must locate the Tooth Fairy, pass by a weredog, and follow
directions to an invisible unicorn to be granted a boon from Enchanter
Mistral. But other wishes have to be discovered.


Editorial Reviews

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Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
"The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes is a whimsical book ...an ideal book for children from 4th to 6th grade.  One cannot help but laugh at the adventures and antics of Sadie and her friends along with the great cast of characters... The book is well written with a great plot..."

Reviewed by The Midwest Book Review
"When fantasy becomes reality, everything grows quite confusing....Sadie must assist her friends in this world of fantasy to embrace their dreams yet still somehow get home through it all.  The House in Windward Leaves is a thrilling tale of young adult fiction, highly recommended."  5 stars
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From the Author

The House in Windward Leaves is re-published November 2012 with a cover by Bradley Wind and illustration inside.
Finalist in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards, category Ebooks.
Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Juvenile Fiction category.

Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615507174
  • Publisher: Couchgrass Books (July 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BYETAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Story with Amazing Characters July 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
The House in Windward Leaves follows the stories of several young children who dress up for Halloween and end up being transformed into their own costumes. While out trick-or-treating, they come across a mysterious house where they find a whole other world. Sadie, who feels unpopular among her friends, becomes the fascinating Fortuneteller in this strange new world. Candy becomes a glamorous Homecoming Queen, Gretchen becomes a kind Priest, Tim becomes a zebra who longs for speed, Roger becomes George Washington, Ben becomes a shy trumpeter, and Rosemary becomes a quiet patient. In this new world, they are joined by other strange characters and led on exciting adventures.

I loved the way each character had their own distinct personality. I also found myself laughing out loud at the humor in the story and enjoying the adventures as if I had stepped into the other world with Sadie and her friends. The adventures, the humor, and the diverse personalities of the characters made me reluctant to put it down. The author has created an amazing new world, and I think that many young readers would both enjoy the story and be able to relate to the characters. This was a very exciting and engaging book that I think young readers would love!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Teacher September 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
The House in Windward Leaves is sure to capture the attention of young readers through the use of creative and whimsical characters and an interesting plot that carries the reader into another world.

The story begins with the tale of friends trick-or-treating who stumble upon a house which takes them on a fantastical journey. The costumes transform Sadie and her friends into the characters they are dressed up as. Suddenly, the friends have powers and abilities that would not have been possible in the real world which allows the author to ingeniously include the struggles of the character's personal lives. The world created by the author is imaginative and exciting especially when the loss of a necklace leads to more adventure in this new world.

Her use of similes, metaphors and alliteration is perfect for using this book in the classroom. As an educator myself, it is sometimes very difficult to find a story that would interest students enough to teach figurative language but this book has all of these concepts in abundance.

The House in Windward Leaves is a great read for girls with the ability to also capture the interest of boys. The ease in reading is perfect for the struggling young reader looking for an interesting and adventure-filled book.
MG Villesca
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect bedtime story book September 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
During Halloween, a group of children dress up and go out trick-or-treating. When they come to a strange house they find a completely new world. We meet Sadie, who becomes a fortuneteller, Candy a Queen, Tim a zebra ,and many,many more exciting characters - just great for children!

Each character has their own distinct personality. This book is filled with humour and adventures, and children can't help feeling they are there with them on their exciting ride.

My niece,Lola is too young for this book, but it won't be long. I can foresee many enjoyable bedtime readings for her!

This, like all of Katherine Holme's work is well-written with a wonderful theme
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author has some serious imagination ! November 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
have to say this author has some serious imagination, this book is so jam packed with fantasy. The quirky characters are a fun mix, I really laughed at the strange fellow who walks his cat everywhere. This story is filled all over the place with unusual imagery and even there is even a treasure hunt!(which, of course I love) If you like your tales loaded with creativity then you will really enjoy this book. The ending is cute and the whole thing was just a fun read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical Halloween Delight November 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Imagination runs wild in The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes.

On Halloween, Sadie Waskowsky and her diverse group of friends, heads out trick-or-treating dressed in an assortment of entertaining costumes. During their rounds, they make it to the mysterious "House in Windward Leaves" where they are suddenly whisked away to a magical distant star. On this star, Sadie and her friends not only become their actual costumes, but they end up going on random fun-filled adventures, including an exciting scavenger hunt.

The House in Windward Leaves is a pleasant and well-written book for children who particularly enjoy the Halloween festivities. I loved that I felt immersed in the children's free-flowing dialogue, palpable excitement, and creative adventures.

For me, this book depicts two great lessons: Firstly, the strength of individuality. Most children crave the need to belong, and are completely afraid to be different in many ways. This book stresses the power of individuality (done through all the different costumes), and how that specific uniqueness can be exciting, fun, and beneficial to the people around us. This is an amazing message!

The second lesson comes at the end when the children finally return home. After their return, the children seem very glad to have the normalcy of their lives again. This is an excellent depiction of missing the people and things around us that we often take for granted--which in turn, stresses the importance and value of appreciating everything we have at the moment. I love this lesson, as well!

The only drawback in the novel is the lack of substance in the beginning and end of the book. I wished the beginning carried more excitement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Writer to Watch - Magnificent Middle Grade Novel Debut
From Website: Halloween night, the wayward Sadie leads her friends past cardboard cut-outs of the painter Mistral and a lady at the leaf-covered house on Windward Road. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Story
In Holmes' children's novel, the story follows the journey of several children who dress up for Halloween and are mystically transformed into the characters reflected in their... Read more
Published 18 months ago by debbieaheaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Who says it's just for kids????
Yep, so I guess I'm always going to be a kid at heart, but Halloween is so much fun and this book is a celebration of such. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ionia Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Children's Tale of a Magical Halloween
Halloween may trace its origins to ancient Celtic traditions but for most children, it's nothing more than a fun holiday to dress up, toy with make-believe, and score a lot of... Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by B. Beard
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spook-tacular Tale for Kids - That Isn't Too Scary!
The House in Windward Leaves by Katherine L. Holmes is a perfect Halloween tale for kids who love to dress up or who have lively imaginations. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Shannon L. Yarbrough
3.0 out of 5 stars fun story
Every child I know spends months deciding on the perfect Halloween costume. It's the one day they get to pretend to be who (or what) they imagine they would really like to be. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars I Will Be Reading This To My Grade School Nieces!
It's Hallowe'en and Sadie and her grade school friends are excited and nervous to go trick-or-treating at the mysterious painted house at the edge of town. Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by jt kalnay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book For Middle School Students
The man with the mysteries. I bet everyone has thought they had a crazy neighbor or one who kept to themselves. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by A. J. Ortiz
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More About the Author

Katherine L. Holmes lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where, besides writing, she works with used books. She has an M.A. in Writing from the University of Minnesota, obtained after stints in publishing and newspaper reporting. Her first published book, The House in Windward Leaves, became a Finalist in both the 2013 Next Generation and the National Indie Excellence book awards. More about her and her other books can be found at her website: https://sites.google.com/site/katherinelholmesauthorprofile/





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