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The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring

The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring - John Bellairs This edition includes the first three books of the Lewis Barnavelt series by [a:John Bellairs|101070|John Bellairs|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1197854239p2/101070.jpg].

I picked this YA book up in trade at my favorite used bookstore. I dropped off a bag of books for which they gave me $125 of store credit. I got this hardcover edition for $1.25 of that store credit and was out of pocket $0.18 ($0.12 tax plus $0.06 handling fee). I hate to use the cliche, but...WINNING!

This series of stories is set in New Zebedee, Michigan. Lewis Barnavlet is orphaned when his parents are killed in an auto accident. Lewis is sent to live with his quirky Uncle Jonathon who, despite his claims of being nothing more than a parlor magician, is actually a fairly talented wizard. With his neighbor Florence Zimmerman (who is also a witch) and his best friend Rose Rita, the group face several dark-themed adventures.

The three books included in this edition:

[b:The House with a Clock in Its Walls|295801|The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt, #1)|John Bellairs|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309204985s/295801.jpg|1098801] - 4 STARS

[b:The Figure In the Shadows|265008|The Figure In the Shadows (Lewis Barnavelt, #2)|John Bellairs|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328017405s/265008.jpg|1668660] - 3 STARS

[b:The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring|334485|The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring (Lewis Barnavelt, #3)|John Bellairs|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328020546s/334485.jpg|1098802] - 4 STARS

4 STARS for the collection, favorited