Short & Tweet Review of The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnevalt #1) by John Bellairs
Published: 6/27/1973
Pages: 179
When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls--a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
In order to review as many books as possible without stressing ourselves out, these super mini- tweet style reviews are going to help balance our other review styles.  All our Short and Tweet reviews will be 140 characters or less (except when they are a bit longer). 😉 Thanks to Tif from Tif Talks Books for the idea!


It's not often that I reread a childhood favorite and discover that it still holds all of the old magic. Thankfully, John Bellairs did not disappoint! Lewis is overweight, insecure, and a complete bookworm, and he still gets to be the (flawed) hero, which is something little Kate needed to know as a kid... and possibly needed to be reminded of as a grown ass woman too.  Hope to continue the series through out the year! 

Midnight Rating