When her distant aunt and uncle die, Amelia Howling is forced to move into their home when they leave her parents in charge of their children. Her parents assure her that it will be like having a grand adventure with three new siblings, but Amelia is not convinced. Luckily, the house is large, filled with nooks and crannies perfect for hiding from her cousins.
But even with all the nooks and crannies, the rumbling and crumbling rooms are more sinister than they seem. The house was built years ago by a creature named Horatio, and he's been waiting for the perfect human inhabitant: Amelia. Horatio has the power to travel through time and memories, and lures Amelia into his world. The memories of children, he told her, were the best, and Amelia agreed--her cousins were full of good memories. Until she noticed that once she and Horatio visited a memory, it was gone forever. And she had been stealing the good memories of her cousins and their parents without even noticing
Horrified and scared, Amelia lets her cousins in on her secret, and asks them for help. Together, they must race through time to recover their minds and break the perfect clockwork of the evil Calendar House.
- ISBN-13: 9781481462556
- ISBN-10: 1481462555
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Amelia Howling, 10, resents her familys move into a curious old house in order to care for her recently orphaned cousins. Beyond feeling ignored and angry, Amelia cant shake the sensation that shes being watched, or that the house almost seems sentient. After Amelia learns that the house is an architectural oddity known as a calendar housewith rooms, floors, windows, and other elements that correspond to months, days, seasons, etc.the mysterious presence manifests as Horatio, the houses builder. Horatio explains that the house can transport her through time, whisks Amelia away on adventures to medieval periods and pirate ships, then invites her to build her own calendar house and live forever, traveling through time. In a clever twist, the very magic that fuels Amelias adventures is drawn from memory and emotion, tethering Amelia to her family and highlighting the importance of empathy amid difficult situations. Trevayne (The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden) creates an eerie and enchanting story in which an unhappy girls discontentment nearly blinds her to the dangerous forces that surround her. Ages 812. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (Feb.)