The Resource 100 cupboards, N.D. Wilson

100 cupboards, N.D. Wilson

Label
100 cupboards
Title
100 cupboards
Statement of responsibility
N.D. Wilson
Title variation
One hundred cupboards
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 and explore hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open onto other worlds
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Review
  • Gr. 4-7 When plaster chunks fall from his attic bedroom wall, waking him in the night, 12-year-old Henry begins work to chip away a wall of 99 hidden cupboards. He and his adventurous cousin Henrietta find the 100th cupboard in their deceased grandfather's mysterious locked bedroom, a discovery that is a portal to and from the worlds behind the other cupboards. The intriguing cover art, title, and premise will suck in readers, who will find the Polly Horvath—like characters ultimately engaged in a battle against an evil witch, who enters their Kansas farmhouse through a cupboard. The story is chilling, but the creepy quotient never exceeds the book's target audience. The last third of the book, with multiple shifts in time and place, may confuse younger readers. Many questions are also left unanswered (Who are Henry's real parents? Which cupboard world did he come from?), and some of the world building is shrouded in too much mystery. Let's hope the promised sequels explain what's left unresolved here. -- Dobrez, Cindy (Reviewed 12-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 7, p38)
  • Gr 4–7— Henry York, 12, discovers 99 different cupboard doors hidden behind the plaster in his attic bedroom, and one in the room that belonged to his deceased grandfather. Henry's not particularly brave; in fact, he has only recently stopped wearing a helmet to P.E. class. Nevertheless, he opens some of the doors, only to become more and more puzzled. One of them, for example, opens into a forest, and behind another, mail is delivered. Henry's nagging cousin Henrietta wants to explore further and decides to open a menacing black cupboard door. When he discovers her face-down with her ice-cold arm in the grip of someone inside the cupboard, the boy and his family are unwillingly pulled into a life-or-death adventure. While the first part of the book may seem slow to those thinking the title indicates an immediate portal into different realms, fans of dark fantasy will be intrigued by the unknown realities awaiting these unsuspecting people. The characters are especially memorable, with Henry's seemingly clueless Uncle Frank, whose laid-back style offers wit and energy, standing out most of all. The story is well crafted and gratifying but the resolution may prove challenging for some. Unanswered questions lead into the next book in the series.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL --Robyn Gioia (Reviewed April 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 4, p152)
  • Henry York awakens one night to find that two knobs have popped out of the plaster at the head of his bed. Having lived a sheltered existence thanks to his overprotective parents, the boy is currently staying with his aunt, uncle and cousins and is up for a little adventure. Scraping the wall reveals 99 cupboards of varying shapes and sizes, each one a connection to another world. Unfortunately, opening one of the doors means the release of an unspeakably evil presence, causing the secrets of both the cupboards and Henry's past to come to light in the face of great danger. Wilson takes the concept of finding a door to another realm and simply extends it to its logical extreme. The result is a highly imaginative tale that successfully balances its hero's inner and outer struggles. Wilson's writing is fantastical, but works with clever sentences and turns of phrase that render it more than just another rote fantasy. The ending concludes the adventure satisfactorily but leaves plenty of room for a sequel. (Fantasy. 9-14) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
252572
Cataloging source
DLC
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Wilson, Nathan D
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.W69744
LC item number
Aac 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
100 cupboards
Series volume
book 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Space and time
  • Doors
  • Magic
  • Cousins
  • Kansas
Target audience
juvenile
Label
100 cupboards, N.D. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780375938818
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2007000164
System control number
  • ocm84152805
  • (OCoLC)84152805
Label
100 cupboards, N.D. Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780375938818
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2007000164
System control number
  • ocm84152805
  • (OCoLC)84152805

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