100 cupboards

Author Wilson, N. D
Language English
New York: Listening Library, 2007


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.

Subjects :

  • Doors Fiction
  • Family Life Fiction
  • Space And Time Fiction
  • Magic Fiction
  • Kansas Fiction
  • Cousins Fiction

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Reading Measurement Programs:

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Accelerated Reader

Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader Points 8

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Reviews :

Susie Wilde (AudioFile)
Henry's parents are kidnapped while they travel the world. Henry is confused and lost when he's sent to his aunt, uncle, and cousins in Kansas. His bewilderment increases when the plaster of his bedroom walls cracks to disclose 100 strange cupboards that are portals to odd places. Vivid descriptions of fascinating lands hold listeners' attention through the story's many unexplained facts as does the steady, solid narration by Russell Horton. Horton accurately modulates the characters' up-and-down emotions, adapting his pace quickly to the changes. Listeners are able to keep up with the rapidly introduced characters because of Horton's stand-out portrayals. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2007, Listening Library, Five CDs, $30.00. Ages 8 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (New York:), PUBLISHED: p2007.)

Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D. (Children's Literature)
Henry York, a typical, overprotected East Coast boy, is sent to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins after his journalist parents are kidnapped in South America. Henry lands in Kansas and reconnects with his three girl cousins on their farm in the heartland. Aunt Dottie and quirky Uncle Fred are well-meaning and set out to make Henry feel at home. On one level this is a coming-of-age story for Henry, who learns to play baseball and relate to his new circumstances. On another level it is the fantastical story of cupboards that are portals to other worlds, an evil witch out to drink Henry s blood, and the discovery that the kidnapped journalists are not really his parents. Henry learns about imagination and taking charge from his cousin Henrietta, who becomes his partner in solving the mystery of the cupboards. The concept and story line are interesting, but things get disjointed for listeners when Henry and Henrietta begin to explore other worlds through the portals. Too many new facts, characters, and terms are introduced without context and without being properly woven into the story. With the written version of this book, readers are able to go back and reread passages to help make sense of new twists in the plot. This is harder to do with an audio book. Henry is a likable boy but does not make a strong impression on listeners. This unabridged audio book features five compact discs; listening time is approximately six and one-half hours. 2007, Random House Audio & Listening Library, $30.00. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (New York:), PUBLISHED: p2007.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Listening Library, 2007

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
5 sound discs (6 hr. 23 min.):
PZ7.W69744 ([Fic])
Compact discs.
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