The House with a Clock in Its Walls Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lewis is a lonely boy, and not just because his parents are dead. He suffers in the way that only outcast children can. He is sent to stay with Uncle Jonathan his new guardian. Uncle Jonathan is a wizard.
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An athletic boy from school, Tarby, befriends Lewis while Tarby is recovering from a broken arm. They find they have things in common and start hanging out together. But Lewis decides he needs to prove his friendship, to do something extra special for Tarby to prove that Lewis is a worthy friend. So he brags about his uncle's magical talent.

While Uncle Jonathan is able to make good on Lewis' boastful promise to Tarby, Lewis soon learns that friendships can be fragile and that his "friend" will require more proofs and more sacrifices.

Strange things begin happening and they increase when Lewis tries his own hand at magic in order to impress Tarby. There is a clock is ticking within the walls of Uncle Jonathan's mansion. Uncle Jonathan and his neighbor, fellow wizard Mrs. Zimmerman, have been unable to find it and they are uncertain what it portends. They tell Lewis that the house was once owned by an evil warlock, Isaac Izard and his wife Selenna. The clock is a doomsday clock. The three must find and stop it before it causes the end of the world.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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