A to Z Challenge - Favourite Books - In the Shadows, Figure

In the Shadows, Figure by John Bellairs.

Okay, that was a bit of a cheat on the title. But I just had to get John Bellairs in there. I don't remember when I first read his books, but I must have picked them up from the Scholastic book orders in grade school. I loved Scholastic, and always remember how exciting it was to flip through the catalogue and try to narrow down my choices based on what looked interesting and how many books my parents said I could order.

I even took a photo of the building last time we were in New York City:

But back to Bellairs (and the wonderful illustrations by Edward Gorey). How can you not love books with titles like The House With a Clock in its Walls; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring; The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn; The Curse of the Blue Figurine; The Mummy, the Will and the Crypt; The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull; The Dark Secret of Weatherend; The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb; and so on.

As I keep doing while writing these posts, I've just discovered a Bellairs book I haven't read - and there's a Tolkien connection! Here's the Wikipedia detail:

"Bellairs undertook The Face in the Frost while living in Britain and after reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. ... Bellairs said of his third book: 'The Face in the Frost was an attempt to write in the Tolkien manner. I was much taken by The Lord of the Rings and wanted to do a modest work on those lines. In reading the latter book I was struck by the fact that Gandalf was not much of a person - just a good guy. So I gave Prospero, my wizard, most of my phobias and crotchets. It was simply meant as entertainment and any profundity will have to be read in.'"

I've got to read it now!

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