The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1)

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For fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap comes the first book in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series.

This house is keeping secrets . . .

When eleven-year-old Olive and her parents move into the crumbling mansion on Linden Street and find it filled with mysterious paintings, Olive knows the place is creepy—but it isn’t until she encounters its three talking cats that she realizes there’s something darkly magical afoot. Then Olive finds a pair of antique spectacles in a dusty drawer and discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She can travel inside the house’s spooky paintings to a world that’s strangely quiet . . . and eerily sinister. But in entering Elsewhere, Olive has been ensnared in a mystery darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. With only the cats and an unusual boy she meets in Elsewhere on her side, it’s up to Olive to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on June 15, 2010 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0803734409
ISBN-13: 9780803734401
22 Book Reviews
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  • not yo bissinisMonday, February 4, 2019 at 9:51 am
    I LOVE IT!!
    • nerdyunicorn
      nerdyunicornWednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm33 stars
      This book is filled with action. I am still reading it, but so far I love it.
      • funplay.123Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 8:15 am
        Awesome mystery book.😄😄😄
        • bchelenp
          bchelenpSaturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:46 am44 stars
          When eleven year old Olive moves into the old house on Linden Street, she knows theres something weird about the place-the creepy antique paintings, the three very unusual cats. But the weirdest thing? When Olive finds and puts on a pair of old glasses, she can travel inside paintings to elsewhere, a sinister world with strange secrets to keep. Soon Olive finds herself caught in a dark and dangerous plan. Can she confront the powers in the house that want to get rid of her and her family... before the lights go out for good?
          • mitz07
            mitz07Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:25 am
            my favorite book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • WillowfernTuesday, October 27, 2015 at 8:42 am
              This book a mystery and very adventurous! I think every one should read it!
              • zoiebvb
                zoiebvbSunday, June 7, 2015 at 10:32 am55 stars
                I think this book is amazing it is really suspenseful and also It is really fun to read if you like mystery the you need to read the books!! Emoji rates :😍😊😌😃
                • shiningstar
                  shiningstarSunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:52 am55 stars
                  This book is awesome. There are three talking cats and a girl named Olive that finds a pair of glasses that let her see into a magical world of magical paintings. Anybody who likes fantasy and make-believe HAS to read this.
                  • shiningstar
                    shiningstarFriday, June 27, 2014 at 8:57 am55 stars
                    This book is awesome. There are three talking cats and a girl named Olive that finds a pair of glasses that let her see into a magical world of magical paintings. Anybody who likes fantasy and make-believe HAS to read this.
                    • riyababy
                      riyababyMonday, May 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm
                      This is an amazing book series, I have read the first two books and will read the others this summer. A must read. Olive is a really cool character.

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