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The House With a Clock In Its Walls - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5 - 8! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"The House With a Clock in Its Walls" by John Bellairs

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 Selenna Izard. It seems that Selenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls — a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, the artist, and the world of The House With A Clock In Its Walls:

Bellairsia, a site celebrating the works of author John Bellairs:

The Edward Gorey House, a site celebrating the works of artist Edward Gorey:

John Bellairs fandom wiki:

Universal’s page on the movie adaptation of The House With A Clock Its Walls:

Story about Marshall, Michigan, John Bellairs’s hometown that inspired New Zebedee:

Included as well: a recipe for Mrs. Zimmermann’s chocolate chip cookies, two magic tricks, and a design your own doomsday clock activity.

Like The House With A Clock In Its Walls? There are two more Lewis Barnavelt books by John Bellairs and nine more by Brad Strickland. Check them out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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