Chestnut King - Book 3
Author N.D. Wilson follows up his riveting adventure, Leepike Ridge, with one of the most original young adult fantasies written today. It all begins when a bus brings twelve-year-old Henry York to the town of Henry, Kansas. He's come to stay with uncle, aunt and three girl cousins while negotiations are taking place for the release of his parents, travel writers who were kidnapped in Columbia. Henry is given a room in the attic of their large old house, and he tries to fit in both among his new, eccentric family and their small-town environment. Secretly, he's a little excited about the change - maybe he'll even learn how to play baseball! What he doesn't plan on is discovering an alternate world... or 100 of them, all found inside beautifully crafted little cupboards he uncovers under his bedroom walls. While Henry and his cousin, Henrietta, discover how to enter these worlds and contemplate the risks of doing so, Henry is surprised both by how familiar some worlds appear, and is shocked by a sickening feeling of evil behind some of the doors. As the mystery deepens, he can't help wondering if his past is somehow related to the wall of cupboards... Although some light is shed in 100 Cupboards, many more questions are left unanswered. In Dandelion Fire Henry decides to enter the cupboards again in the hopes of finding some answers before his Kansas visit is over. It seems that someone on the other side is looking for him, but what do they want? 209 pgs and 466 pgs, pb. - Jess
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