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The House in Windward Leaves Kindle Edition

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Length: 165 pages Age Level: 8 - 13 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615507174
  • Publisher: Couchgrass Books; 2 edition (July 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BYETAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Faith on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MG Villesca on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vone Savan on November 15, 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on October 31, 2011
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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.

It's the story of a group of friends who are anxiously awaiting Halloween and are planning out their costumes, while their curiosity is set on a stranger that has come to town to care for an odd house down the street.

What they aren't expecting is the surprise in store when they decide to visit that spooky house in the neighborhood that is covered in leaves. Here, they meet the painter named Mistral and his cat named Matilda.

At the house, Mistral becomes an enchanter who magically transforms the children into their costumes when they are whisked away to a magic star. Sadie becomes a real Fortune Teller. Gretchen becomes a priest.

Tim becomes a real Zebra. Roger turns into George Washington. Ben becomes a professional trumpeter. Candy is the beautiful homecoming queen, and Rosemary is a patient.

What follows are chapters devoted to each child and their own little adventure based on their costume with important lessons learned along the way.

Ms. Holmes is the winner of The Loft's Children's Literature Prize, and has worked as a reporter and also in publishing. Her talent shines through in this book with its tight storyline that is immaculately written.

I even think younger children might have trouble getting through it because the writing is very mature, but its the perfect story for parents to enjoy as a read-out-loud. Ms. Holmes' writing is that good and concise!

Parents will appreciate the special lessons hidden in the story to encourage individuality and imagination.
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