Reviews for 100 Cupboards : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

Gr 5-7-- Henry York is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. He has never played baseball without a helmet, never owned a pocket knife, and never ridden in the back of a truck. All this changes when he moves to Henry, Kansas, to live with distant relatives after his parents have been kidnapped.. The boy is warmly welcomed by his Uncle Frank, Aunt Dottie, and three female cousins and given a cozy room in the attic. Henry awakens one night to discover bits of plaster falling off the wall. Curious, he begins to scrape the wall and is astonished to find cupboards of different shapes and sizes. Each door is a portal into another time and place, some warm and welcoming and others quite sinister. N. D. Wilson's fantasy (Random, 2007) is slow to take off and many questions are left unresolved. Russell Horton narrates in a smooth, grandfatherly voice, and the characters are nicely developed. Patient listeners will enjoy this creepy tale and eagerly await the next installment. Recommend this title to fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (HarperCollins, 2002).--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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