The House of Months and Years

By: Emma Trevayne

A girl must stop the Boogeyman living in her home from stealing her family’s warmest memories in this haunting, atmospheric novel.

ISBN: 9781481462556

JLG Release: May 2017


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Topics: Dwellings , Haunted places , Memory , Fantasy , Magic , Mystery and detective stories , Action and adventure , Adventure and adventurers , Time travel , Cousins , Adoption

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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After the tragic deaths of her uncle and aunt, Amelia and her parents move out of their own home and in with Amelia’s orphaned cousins. Nudiustertian House (nudiustertian meaning “relating to the day before yesterday”) is old and peculiar, and it gives Amelia the sensation of being watched. Her new room is always too hot, t After the tragic deaths of her uncle and aunt, Amelia and her parents move out of their own home and in with Amelia’s orphaned cousins. Nudiustertian House (nudiustertian meaning “relating to the day before yesterday”) is old and peculiar, and it gives Amelia the sensation of being watched. Her new room is always too hot, the basement is freezing, and the house seems to be stealing her dreams. Clever Amelia begins to study the house, but she doesn’t begin to learn its secrets until its true owner, Horatio, reveals himself. Nudiustertian House appears to be a “calendar house”: four floors (one for each season), twelve rooms, seven fireplaces, fifty-two windows, and twenty-four doors, the last one opening onto a blank brick wall—but through that door, Horatio explains, he can travel to the past and future, and he wants Amelia to become his apprentice. Trevayne (The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, rev. 7/15) makes her disclosures with tantalizing slowness; the opening chapters have the feel of a first-class ghost story, and even after Horatio’s appearance, many of Amelia’s questions continue to go unanswered. Contrasted with the otherworldly goings-on behind the twenty-fourth door, Amelia’s interactions with her parents and bereaved cousins are purely human and relatable. Exploring the ties between memory, grief, and time, Trevayne does finally reveal what Horatio is and what he actually wants from Amelia and her family—but at that point it just might be too late. anita l. burkam

Book Details

ISBN

9781481462556

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Dwellings, Haunted places, Memory, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery and detective stories, Action and adventure, Adventure and adventurers, Time travel, Cousins, Adoption,

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