When Neil moves into the Wyrd Museum he discovers it is a sinister place crammed with secrets both dark and deadly. Forced to travel into the past, he finds himself pitted against an ancient and terrifying evil.
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Robin Jarvis started writing and illustrating his own books in 1988 and, with his acclaimed ‘Deptford Mice’ and ‘Whitby Witches’ titles, quickly acquired a reputation as a bestselling children’s author. He has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize and Smarties Award, and twice won the Lancashire Libraries Children’s Book of the Year Award. Amongst children, his work has a cult following.
Robin Jarvis lives in Greenwich, London.From School Library Journal:
Gr 8 Up-Neil's father has accepted a live-in job as the caretaker of the Wyrd Museum, an old house full of strange and macabre objects that is owned by three elderly sisters who are as disconcerting and fearful as the exhibits. While roaming in the Special Collections Room, Neil encounters a talking teddy bear that blackmails him into traveling back to the Blitz in London in order to rescue his four-year-old brother, Josh, who had been tricked by the magical bear. As Neil and Ted maneuver around London, meeting American soldiers, local people, and even a German spy, a demon breaks loose from the museum into the past as well, and, suddenly, in order to save the future and change the past, they must recapture it. Jarvis tries to do too many things with this story and ends up not doing any of them well. Time-travel fantasy and family drama are mixed in with horror-the descriptions of those killed by the demon are very graphic-and a dose of Nordic mythology and sentimentality. Hints are dropped about the origins and identities of the museum's owners, but only readers with a background in mythology will understand the references to weaving that they make. The plot involving Josh is dropped almost completely until the book's end when he magically reappears, and making one of the female characters an ambitious German spy pushes the whole thing just too far over the edge.
Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library,
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