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Paperback 100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards Book 1) Book

ISBN: 0375838821

ISBN13: 9780375838828

100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards Book 1)

(Book #1 in the 100 Cupboards Series)

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After his parents are kidnapped, timid twelve-year-old Henry York leaves his sheltered Boston life and moves to small-town Kansas, where he and his cousin Henrietta discover hidden doors in his attic... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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8 ratings

Excellent fantasy-adventure series for older children

100 Cupboards is an engaging, unique first book in this series for children. The publisher lists the target age as 8-12 years old, and I agree. Some parents may find the series too frightening for 8 or 9 year olds, and should perhaps pre-read the books before giving them to children. It really depends on the interest, imagination, and maturity of the individual child. However, 10-12 year olds should be fine with the level of creepiness and dread that is part of what makes this modern tale akin to traditional fairy tales. There are good guys and bad guys, witches and wonder, new lands to explore, a boy finding his courage as challenging situations pile up, and best of all... the mysterious 100 cupboards. Kids who enjoyed Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, the Spiderwick series, or who like classic fairy tales (not watered-down musical Disney versions) will likely enjoy 100 Cupboards and its sequels.

Not for kids. This is a horror.

I dislike that this was advertised for kids but it has items that are totally inappropriate for children that are akin to horror. Although the main character is 12, don't be fooled and buy this for your children.

Very good condition

That's how I bought it and that's how it came. The only "issue" is that it has wear on it, it was definitely read a good amount of times and one page was dog-earred. . . but other than that it's great. So I'm happy.

Fantastic Book.

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this book. I couldn't read them fast enough. Always waiting to find out what is going to happen next. I just loved this story and wanted to my friends and kids to resd it.

Thrilling Page Turner

As a mom of four children, I am always on the lookout for great books. This one caught my eye at the library. I checked it out and started reading. Late that night I was still at it with a book light so as not to disturb my husband. Reminded me of being a kid and trying to get one last chapter in with a flashlight under the covers. Unlike a lot of kids' books I could not predict where it was going. Even before the last page I had pre-ordered the sequel. The only negative is having to wait over 6 months to continue the story. Even though I read the library copy, this is one I will purchase for our home library. It is our family's next read-aloud.

Oh for the next one!

From the prologue to the epilogue I was alternately laughing out loud or sucking in my breath! Edge of the seat suspenseful, wonderfully humourous, this book will take it's place with other great otherworldly tomes.What an articulate, compelling author with a 'happy felicity of expression'. This book will be on my list of stand alone favorites as well as recommending it to my students who love mystery, fantasy and adventure! Thank you N.D. Wilson! Bring on the next one! Linda Dickman, Librarian, Norwood Avenue School Northport, NY


100 Cupboards wasn't what I expected. It is far deeper and more intricate than I could have imagined. Once I began, I couldn't put it down. I thankfully had two days off to read it non-stop! It is very intense and also very moving. The only downside is that I have to wait a year for part 2 of the series to be released!

Through the Cupboards . . .

100 Cupboards is the second novel by N.D. Wilson (his first being Leepike Ridge) and I must say that it is many, many things: deliciously dark, insightful, suspensful, and filled with magic. Henry York's parents have been kidnapped biking in South America, and so he is sent off to live with his aunt, uncle, and three girl cousins on their farm in Kansas. Henry is not a farm child; he's never had soda, thrown a baseball (or owned a ballglove), and he's never used a knife, not even a pocket one. All the characters are delightfully odd, as any good Wilson character should be, from his Aunt Dotty (overprotective, the opposite of classy, and frugal) to his Uncle Frank, who I was never sure we were supposed to fully like. On the one hand, Frank is described as being "thin, and not just physically. They meant thin everywhere and in every way," and sells tumbleweeds for 700 dollars a pop on the internet, and on the other, he shows Henry a better way to live, to love soda, baseball, and knives. The three cousins, Anastasia, Henrietta, and Pennylope, reminded me very strongly of the interactions between the girls in Little Women, which was a very fun connection to make. I think an exploration of the three Henrys in the book would be interesting as well; Henry the town, Henry the main character, and Henrietta the cousin. 100 Cupboards I think is much, much better than Leepike Ridge, and I am an unabashed *fan* of Leepike. Leepike is a very good book, but I think 100 Cupboards surpasses it on a number of levels. There is an added complexity to the world of 100 Cupboards, a sense of Lewisian profundity here. 100 Cupboards too, I think, is more subtle than Leepike. The humor in the book, while still providing laugh-out-loud moments, is not nearly as pronounced is specific scenes. Rather, in 100 Cupboards, it seems the whole novel is written with a sly smirk (in a good way). Also, while both Leepike and 100 Cupboards begin with the narrator speaking to the reader, this tack feels much more British, with an almost C.S. Lewis-esque mastery behind it. The novel takes its time setting up the situation and slowly but surely revealing the mystery of the cupboards, all of which is charmingly fun. The mystery builds for close to a hundred pages before Henry really starts working with the cupboards, but there is never a boring moment. The writing takes you by the scruff of your neck and makes you read on. The suspense is really quite good as well, which will provide younger readers with a bit of a bedtime chill. Needless to say, 100 Cupboards has earned its place on my "Favorite books" shelf. A well-done indeed to Nathan, and as an aspiring writer, I think if I get myself to a place of being half as good as Mr. Wilson, I will be well-pleased indeed.
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