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The Chessmen of Doom (A Johnny Dixon Mystery: Book Seven) Paperback – July 6, 2011
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Professor Childermass and his young friends Johnny and Fergie are swept up in a madman's plot to rule the Earth in this latest addition to the series. Childermass stands to inherit his brother Peregrine's multimillion dollar estate, but only if he can stay on the estate all summer, plus interpret a cryptic rhyme. As usual, Bellairs salts the story with apparitions, vague warnings, deep forebodings, magic effects, tombs, corpses, and the like. The Bad Guy, Edmund Stallybrass, outwits Childermass and the boys at every turn, and finally locks them up in a burial vault and leaves them to die. Enter Crazy Annie, a local witch, who opens the vault, then in the climactic scene, confronts and kills Stallybrass in a wild play of spells and counterspells. Johnny, Fergie, and the professor don't have much to do here except rush about and explain to readers what's happening. The elements of plot and character are slapped together in an arbitrary, disjointed way that leaves plenty of unanswered questions and gaps in logic. A perfunctory outing from an author who has done much better in the past. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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It's 1952. A kid from New Hampshire and his friend join a cranky old Professor to an old New England estate left to the Professor by an eccentric old man. Watch as they untangle the mystery and its increasingly supernatural elements.
This book is a classic. It was a fun read as a kid 20 years ago and it's a fun read today. I hope it can be a fun read for my kids some day. If you haven't read it, imagine the fun twists and turns of a Stephen King novel; now take out all of the stuff that's not safe for kids to read or watch.
If they like this book, "The House with a Clock In Its Walls" and "The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb" are also on par with this book.
Actually, I've noticed more than a couple of typos as well. Not sure if those were in the original?
Anthony, a 13 year old blonde haired kid, and his two friends, Roderick Childermass,and Fergie, a tall red-head, join together to defeat Mr. Stallybrass to stop from destroying the world.
At the old estate, Anthony finds himself sleeping one night in the estate when something is standing right next to him and says "You might be close to the clue of all time," Anthony ponders then finally dozes off to sleep. One day they meet up with a strange person and little dwarves fall out of his trench coat. But in the tower room they find a chessboard? What could that mean? The man Mr. Stallybrass has the power to destroy the world by using comets? How wil Anthony and his friends save the world form this wizard? Can a pin and a witch save them from the evil!
I really liked this book, because it has a lot about mysterious things,and riddles that you can follow through the story. So I give it two thumbs up! So if you like riddles, mysterious, science-fiction books this one is right down your alley. So get down to your local bookstore and buy The Chessmen of Doom by John Bellairs!