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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline West Narrator: Lexy Fridell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books of Elsewhere Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781101223130
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Old Ms. McMartin is definitely dead. Now her crumbling Victorian mansion lies vacant. When eleven-year-old Olive and her dippy mathematician parents move in, she knows there’s something odd about the place—not least the walls covered in strange antique paintings. But when Olive finds a pair of old spectacles in a dusty drawer, she discovers the most peculiar thing yet: she can travel inside these paintings to a world that’s strangely quiet…and eerily like her own. Yet Elsewhere harbors dark secrets—and Morton, an undersized boy with an outsize temper.

As she and Morton form an uneasy alliance, Olive finds herself ensnared in a plan darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. It’s up to Olive to save the house from the dark shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Jacqueline West weaves a tale at turns haunting, moving, and darkly


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 2/18/2014

    " This book makes me want to read under the covers with a flashlight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 2/17/2014

    " Loved it, probably because my third graders just got SO into it with me. Maybe it's not that good of a book; hard to tell when a bunch of 8-year-olds are screaming, "PLEASE! One more chapter!!!" :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/16/2014

    " This was just about perfect. Strange things happen in the old victorian house, as Olive Dunwoody discovers she can enter paintings in the house. Fun read, and I'm looking up the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/11/2014

    " This was hard for me to get into at first. However, I was hooked for the last half of the book. I will read the second one at some point. The book trailer on Jacqueline West's website is great, and I will use that to introduce it to my students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie | 2/8/2014

    " This is a very clever new mystery series. I enjoyed the suspense and creativity! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 1/24/2014

    " This is a nominee for the Great Stone Face Award. I would recommend it to my students 3-5 who like fantasy. I like the idea of going in and out of the paintings. The author included enough action to keep readers interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missie | 1/23/2014

    " Very charming; I like that the "good" and "bad" characters are not clear from the beginning. Gives due respect to Narnia, which is nice to see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmaleigh | 1/19/2014

    " This book really bothered me while I was reading it because it is very dark. The story was intriguing and will definitely keep the readers going but this was awfully serious and intense for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/18/2014

    " An excellent children's book--exciting & imaginative! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 1/16/2014

    " Loved this book! What a great idea! Love the idea of being able to travel into a picture! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/11/2014

    " i like it but i don't think i what to read the whole series. some parts where funny and others where intense but i like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa Hoole | 1/8/2014

    " A fun and creepy book with the kind of main character I would have loved to read as a child! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/26/2013

    " Unique and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/23/2013

    " cute little kids book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Hill | 12/2/2013

    " This book creeped me out in a big way. Very engaging, fun mystery, talking cats. Spooky house. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diaz Bela Yustisia | 11/26/2013

    " Semua orang ingin masuk merasakan gimana serunya masuk ke dalam lukisan, dan Jaqueline dapat menggambarkannya dengan sangat apik! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Dean | 9/16/2013

    " Looking forward to reading the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/4/2013

    " Good beginning to The Books of Elsewhere series with a strong female character. I can see 4-5th graders loving this, but it is scary! Good mixture of magic, talking cats, and humor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/5/2013

    " 2011-12 Bluebonnet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Richards | 4/26/2013

    " It was a fun read. A bit predictable, but it is a children's book! In a way hat was nice though. The author didn't try to force her characters or story into path it didn't naturally want to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 3/31/2013

    " This book was good. Just enough creepy that it is good for K-5. Enough mystery and intrigue to make it interesting. I enjoyed Olive's character and the premise for the story. I doubt I will read further into the series though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Anderson | 2/5/2013

    " Oh, those crazy pouncing cats! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mas5thgrade2012 | 5/5/2012

    " This book is really interesting and is spooky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 4/21/2012

    " Scary ;-) Yet another reason to hate basements! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cortney Maasjo | 9/17/2011

    " A cool story of the magic of a pair of glasses and a girl with a lot of courage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/19/2011

    " My students and I looked forward to reading this book daily. We loved the similes used throughout the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnna | 5/3/2011

    " A good simple story for youth. Some of it is kind of open-ended and unexplained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/9/2011

    " This book creeped me out in a big way. Very engaging, fun mystery, talking cats. Spooky house. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/6/2011

    " Cute book, I probably would have loved this series when I was a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 4/4/2011

    " Looking forward to reading the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/23/2011

    " A fun story about Olive who moves into a house that has many secrets, including moving paintings and talking cats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/8/2011

    " Fun read with just enough scariness and suspense for intermediate reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/4/2011

    " cute story; some scary parts grades 5 and up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/26/2011

    " This book was when I was curious about it. So, I borrowed it. It was pretty good. This book is good for 10 year olds and younger, and for special pleasures for the young at heart. ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/24/2011

    " Scary ;-) Yet another reason to hate basements! "

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