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Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 2 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 12, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Books of Elsewhere Series

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“Middle grade writing as it should be.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A suspenseful read that leaves plenty of room for the next title in the series.” — School Library Journal

“A delightful tale filled with magic, adventure, danger and . . . [the] challenges of growing up.” — MonstersandCritics.com

“As Harry Potter fever takes over . . .The Books of Elsewhere is a great series for young readers who are interested in the world of spells, witches, potions and magic—plenty of fun, action and thrills.” — Examiner.com

The Books of Elsewhere just blew me away.” — New Richmond News

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A two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline West lives amid the bluffs of Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband and her dog, a Springer Spaniel mix named Brom Bones. Spellbound was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in January, 2012.
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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Books of Elsewhere (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1st edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A few weeks ago eleven year old Olive Dunwoody and her absent minded mathematician parents moved into the creepy Victorian mansion of the late McMartin. Soon afterward, Olive managed to break the magic eyeglass frames of Aldous McMartin and bury the evil painting of Annabelle McMartin.

However, she has yet to rescue her friend Morton from his being a painting instead of a person. The tweener has not given up so accompanied by the three cats (Harvey, Horatio and Leopold) she diligently seeks clue to liberate Morton. Also joining Olive and her felines is the neighbor's boy Rutherford Dewey as she searches for the McMartin Book of Spells.

The second Books of Elsewhere is a tense thriller in which evil waits in The Shadows to pounce on the innocent. Olive is a great tweener as she holds the haunted mansion story line together with the capable assistance of the three feisty felines. Middle school readers will enjoy accompanying Olive and her retinue as they search for the tome that will free her friend while the malevolent mysterious McMartin brood try to prevent her.

Harriet Klausner
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My daughter loved the first book which she listened to on the CD. She loved this second book equally. She listened to the 6-cd set over the course of 2 days. She's fairly particular in the books she likes and doesn't, so for her to sit and listen over only 2 days is remarkable. I listened to some of it myself and I felt that the person reading on the CD did a superb job. There is humor in the book as well, such as a brainy little kid who talks about all things dinosaur, which Olive is oblivious to. I credit Jacqueline West for a great series and hope that we see more children's books from her in the future.
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Eleven year old Olive lives in a very strange house that used to belong to the McMartin family. A family of witches and wizards. One day, she meets a boy her own age called Rutherford and accidentally tells him the great secret. Soon, olive finds herself in big trouble alone without any friends anymore. How will she escape the evil powers of the old stone house that still want to get rid of her?
Spellbound is a wonderful book that gives the reader a lot of suspense. It also is very humorous and I sometimes find myself laughing out loud when I read. I give this book a five out of five stars and recommend it to anyone that likes magic and fun.

P.S. This book would be easier to understand if you have read the first book " The Shadows" that is also as good as the first. I can't wait to read the third volume!
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We simply can't keep this book on our library shelf, nor would we want to! Kids, teens and adults are all reading this series and are getting inline for the next book. The author has done an excellent job of writing something very fresh and original in a copycat, relabeled, Disney age. If they don't make a movie out of this, they are missing a great opportunity.
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Imagination and creativity abound in The Books of Elsewhere, a series of books that celebrate ingenuity and friendship, all while solving action-packed mysteries.

The story's heroine is Olive, a young girl who moves into a crumbling Victorian mansion with her parents. There's something weird about her new home -- the former residents, the McMartins, left everything behind, including paintings that are permanently stuck to the walls and three unusual cats...

"Spellbound" is a fine follow up to "The Shadows." It, too, has twists and turns, and it's full of mystery and magic. And author Jacqueline West balances intense scenes with touches of humor throughout. There are some spooky elements, but West knows her audience and delivers age-appropriate material.

"Spellbound" may not have the same charm as its predecessor but is compelling enough to keep a young reader's interest. The pacing is sound and the story enjoyable. And the story is nicely wrapped up at the end, though it's clear a third book is in the works. Young readers will continue to identify with Olive's sense of adventure as she battles her own fears and learns to equally rely on herself and others.
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I really recommend this book for eight to nine year old children I am nine years old and I got this book I just had to keep reading it until I finished elsewhere is know one of my favourite series and I am looking forward to reading book three,good job Jauqeline West!!!
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I love this series, the author, and the theme of these stories so much!! I would recommend this book and this series to older or more advanced readers, or one that don't get scared easily. This book is on the scary side at times but don't get me wrong, it is a great book and I look forward to reading the next one!!;)
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Olive is back, and she has a bit more to contend with in this sequel. The new little boy next door is odd, the guardians are acting even odder, and her parents are, well...mathematicians.

If this was not enough, now she must find a spell book to help her release Morton from Elsewhere. Luckily she has three trusty guardians to help keep her out of trouble (and away from that book), or are they as trustworthy as they appear?

Readers will not spend as much time in Elsewhere in this sequel, but they will have enough of it to make it worth their while. Olive is on the hunt for the spell book, and she is determined to find it with the help of the three guardian cats or not. Her motivation is not a selfish one - it is steeped in 100% concern in helping Morton join the world of the living. But what happens if and when Olive finds that book - and when Olive realizes that nothing really is as it seems.

The strength with this novel lies with its core character - Olive - but also with the minor characters. If you've read the previous novel, you will be pleased to see where West takes the reader.
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