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N. D. WILSON lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com. From the Hardcover edition.
Gr 4-7-Henry York, 12, discovers 99 different cupboard doors hidden behind the plaster in his attic bedroom, and one in the room that belonged to his deceased grandfather. Henry's not particularly brave; in fact, he has only recently stopped wearing a helmet to P.E. class. Nevertheless, he opens some of the doors, only to become more and more puzzled. One of them, for example, opens into a forest, and behind another, mail is delivered. Henry's nagging cousin Henrietta wants to explore further and decides to open a menacing black cupboard door. When he discovers her face-down with her ice-cold arm in the grip of someone inside the cupboard, the boy and his family are unwillingly pulled into a life-or-death adventure. While the first part of the book may seem slow to those thinking the title indicates an immediate portal into different realms, fans of dark fantasy will be intrigued by the unknown realities awaiting these unsuspecting people. The characters are especially memorable, with Henry's seemingly clueless Uncle Frank, whose laid-back style offers wit and energy, standing out most of all. The story is well crafted and gratifying but the resolution may prove challenging for some. Unanswered questions lead into the next book in the series.-Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Well crafted and gratifying." --School Library Journal "A highly imaginative tale." --Kirkus Reviews "This is my favorite kind of fantasy, combining the secret and the ordinary." --Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author "One of the most fascinating new fantasy worlds grown on American soil since Oz." --MuggleNet.com "Highly appealing characters whom readers will want to encounter again." --The Horn Book Magazine "Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards." --The Bulletin "The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience." --Booklist From the Hardcover edition.