The first of a trilogy centred around the Wyrd Museum, where Neil, the son of the new caretaker is sucked unwillingly into the past to contend with the horrors of the Blitz and an evil power that is unleashed from the Wyrd Museum.
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Robin Jarvis was born in Liverpool and grew up in Warrington. After a degree course in graphic design, he worked in television making model monsters and puppets. In due course they took on characters of their own and inspired him to start writing about them. His best-selling Deptford Mice trilogy has made him one of today's most popular storytellers. In 1995 he published the first of his dark and compelling Wyrd Museum books with Collins, with which he enthralled a whole new audience of older readers.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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Book Description Collins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110001856138
Book Description Collins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1856138