100 cupboards

Author Wilson, Nathan D
Language English
Publisher
[New York]: Listening Library, 2008




Annotation:

Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It's an unfamiliar house -- Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins -- so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning. Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors -- ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room -- with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds. 100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson's own inimitable style.



Subjects :

  • York, Henry (Fictitious Character) Juvenile Fiction
  • Family Life Juvenile Fiction
  • Tld
  • Space And Time Fiction
  • Magic Fiction
  • York, Henry (Fictitious Character) Fiction
  • Doors Juvenile Fiction
  • Kansas Fiction
  • Magic Juvenile Fiction
  • Doors Fiction
  • Kansas Juvenile Fiction
  • Cousins Juvenile Fiction
  • Family Juvenile Fiction
  • Space And Time Juvenile Fiction
  • Family Life Fiction
  • Cousins Fiction

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Best Books :

  • Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008 , None

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Cybils Awards , Fantasy and Science Fiction , 2007

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award; None 2011-2012
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award; Grades 4-6 2010-2011

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 3.7
Interest Level 6-8
Title Point Value 14

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
650L

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Reviews :

Leta Tillman (HeartOfTexas)
Henry York s parents have been kidnapped while bicycling across South America. So he is sent from his comfortable home in Boston to live with his aunt, uncle, and three female cousins in a very small town in Henry, Kansas. Not only is that an adventure, but one night, he is awakened by plaster falling from his attic bedroom. Not too many days later, he discovers not one but 99 different cupboard doors hidden behind the rest of the plaster in the room. Henry has never been a brave boy; in fact, he has only recently stopped wearing a helmet during P.E. class. He is introduced to Uncle Frank s adventure of trying to sell tumbleweeds on E-bay. Then comes his introduction to sandlot summer baseball games where he discovers he is actually a good hitter. But everything changes that summer as he begins with the help of the oldest cousin Henrietta to open some of the doors. He can hear falling rain from inside some of the doors. He sees the feet of a man pacing back and forth from another. It is then that he realizes that they are not just doors but portals to other worlds. Wilson is a marvel at crafting delightful sentences such as The paint was scum brown, the sort that normally hides at the bottom of a pond, attractive only to leeches and easily pleased frogs. While the first part of the book begins slowly, readers will enjoy getting to know the numerous characters at first, and then they will be prepared for the excitement of climbing in and out of the cupboards and meeting new characters in other worlds. There are many unanswered questions as the book closes, and it will make many wonder what will happen in the next book, because surely there will have to be another. This book will be great to recommend to the experienced reader--the one that that does not like the ordinary novel. Fiction. Grades 4-7. 2008, Random House, 289p., $16.99. Ages 9 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

Midwest Book Review (CBW)
N.D. Wilson's 100 CUPBOARDS is the first book in a projected trilogy about Henry York's journey through some of the 100 cupboard doors hidden in a wall of his attic bedroom. Each cupboard leads to other realms, and when sister Henrietta is lost in one, it's up to Henry to save her - and up to them both to face the evil which their journeys has awakened. The Fiction Shelf ...., Knopf/Random, $ 16.99. n/a
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

Elizabeth Bush (Bulletin)
Henry York isn t taking his parents kidnapping too badly at all; there s a lot to distract him at the home of his aunt Dotty and uncle Frank, particularly after Henry discovers that beneath the plaster on his bedroom wall is an array of small doors that lead into alternative worlds. Some, like the sunny yellow post office, appear to be benign, but others house malignant forces that try to draw Henry and his equally curious cousin Henrietta into them. Moreover, the system proves to be connected to a large cupboard in a downstairs bedroom. As the cupboards steadily reveal their secrets to the investigating adolescents, Henry also learns a few family secrets as well: neither his parents nor Uncle Frank are who the boy had been led to believe. Though the pacing lags at times, there s an appealing blend of genuine creepiness and kindly domesticity here, and Henry becomes a stronger and more resourceful kid as he tests his mettle against the creatures in the cupboards. Much of Wilson s effort is obviously directed at setting the stage for a sequel: Henry has freed a formidable witch, and now the faeren have decreed that he be hampered, hindered, detained, damaged, or destroyed. With Henry s life on the line and so many cupboard doors yet to open, readers can reasonably hope for more adventure in a subsequent title Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2006, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2007, Random House, 304p.; Reviewed from galleys, $19.99 and $16.99. Grades 5-8.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

Cindy Dobrez (Booklist)
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. Grades 4-7
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
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. 2007, Random, 304p, $16.99. Category: Fantasy. Ages 9 to 14. © 2007 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

Claudia Mills, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
One magical cupboard would be enough for a fantasy story, but Wilson offers his twelve-year-old protagonist an even hundred. When Henry York comes to stay with his aunt, uncle, and three female cousins in Henry, Kansas, after his parents have been kidnapped while bicycling across South America, he has hitherto led a life that had taught him not to look forward to anything. But the same dreary landscape that launched Dorothy to Oz here introduces Henry to his uncle s schemes of selling tumbleweeds on E-bay, to the summer joys of sandlot baseball, and to the existence of a wall in his attic bedroom full of mysterious cupboard doors which turn out to be portals across time and space into the fantastic unknown. Wilson is a marvel at crafting delightful sentences, such as The paint was scum brown, the sort that normally hides at the bottom of a pond, attractive only to leeches and easily pleased frogs. Henry is the perfect unlikely fantasy hero, a boy whose parents made him ride in a car seat until he was nine and gave him a protective helmet to wear in P.E. But it is hard to connect with a boy who asks about his absent parents, Are they really my parents? is told, Nope, and then never asks anything about them again. Henry s journeys through cupboard after cupboard become tedious after a while, with too many magical vistas and villains, and the completely unresolved ending feels more like a cheat than a beckoning to read on through the proposed series. 2007, Random House, $16.99. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

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