Series: Watch Hollow (Book 2)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 18, 2020)
Praise for WATCH HOLLOW Series
“Filled with clever, magical, and instantly likable characters, Funaro’s excellent, fast-paced, and twisty mystery—packed with suspense, facts, magic, and an incredible, deeply thought-out world—will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“A well-wound tale of good versus evil.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The magically sentient house, creeping woods, and resident monster establish the story’s shivery Gothic feel, which will more than satisfy readers in search of a pleasantly scary read.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“There is magic, there is good and evil, and there is love all woven into a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a a good scare.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)
New York Times bestselling author Gregory Funaro brings us the second installment of the thrilling Watch Hollow series, where magic exists, monsters roam, and wooden animals come to life.
Having defeated the Garr, a vicious tree monster who lived within the enchanted woods of Watch Hollow, Lucy and Oliver Tinker now have the home they’ve always dreamed of: Blackford House. Powered by a magical clock and full of curious rooms and improbable knickknacks, Blackford House brims with the promise of new adventures.
Yet when a strange governess arrives from England—bringing with her the Kojima twins, Agatha and Algernon—the Tinker children’s once bright future quickly begins to dim. The Kojimas claim to be the rightful heirs to Blackford House, and soon after their arrival, a great evil enters the Tinkers’ new home, cursing it and turning it into an ever-changing labyrinth.
As a result, Lucy and Oliver, along with their clock animal friends, must now join forces with the twins to escape this labyrinth and save Blackford House, all while a new monster lurks around the corner.
THE ALCHEMIST’S SHADOW BY GREGORY FUNARO EXCERPT
Ms. Graves opened the mechanical room door and peered inside. Even though it was still raining, there was plenty of light coming from the porthole in the back wall.
“Good heavens,” she said, gazing around at the machinery. “I took the twins on a tour of Big Ben once, but it was nothing compared to this. Look at all these gears and pipes. And is that the fail-safe mechanism?”
Ms. Graves was pointing to a pair of steel extension arms that arched down from the ceiling and hovered like claws just outside the swing range of the pendulum.
“That’s part of it, yeah,” said Lucy. “I’m not quite sure how it works, but you see that iron ball in the middle of everything? That’s called the conductor sphere. It’s where the energy from the sunstone and the shadow wood mix together to power the clock. Pop’s fixed it so the conductor sphere powers the fail-safe, too. I think.”
“Ingenious,” said Ms. Graves. “Your father is something, isn’t he?”
“Well, he’s been working on it day and night ever since we got here. He keeps promising us we’ll go to the beach and do other stuff, but . . .”
Lucy bit her lip and looked at the floor.
“All work and no play makes Charles a dull boy, eh?” said Ms. Graves.
Lucy shrugged, and the governess lifted Lucy’s chin with her finger.
“Tell you what,” she said, holding her eyes. “Weather permitting, how about I take you and the others to the beach tomorrow? We’ll make a regular day of it, just the five of us—that is, unless your father dares to come along.”
Lucy’s face brightened, and she nodded excitedly.
Copyright © 2020 by Gregory Funaro
Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. His first book for Disney-Hyperion, ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODDITORIUM (2015), was a New York Times best seller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. His other works for children have received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and ALA Booklist. Check out WATCH HOLLOW, the first book in his series for HarperCollins, as well as its sequel, THE ALCHEMIST’S SHADOW, coming in 2020. Greg also teaches drama at East Carolina University, and is busy working on his next novel.
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