The Books of Elsewhere-The Shadows
by Jacqueline West
Genre: Mystery-Fantasythe_silhouette_and_shadow_of_a_cat_looking_to_the_side_0071-1002-1223-4663_SMU.jpg



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Summary of The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1: The Shadows

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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Beware, this house holds its own dark secrets.
Trust your intuition as you explore this centuries old dark and dimly lit house because it will not easily part with the secrets hidden within it. Look for a shadow or a slight glimmer and click on it to reveal one of the hidden mysteries.

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The sequel to The Shadows is now available.


With no way into the house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a grimoire - a spellbook - Olive feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first.

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