House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Published by Balzer and Bray in 2013
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is…The Walker family has fallen on hard times. They have been kicked out of their home and are househunting. They find a mansion that is the same price as their apartment. This mansion used to belong to a famous author. The kids start seeing an old lady around.
The kids, Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia, keep their suspicions to themselves.Then the old lady comes in and introduces herself as the famous author’s daughter. Then she changes into the “Wind Witch.” The kids and the house are sent into three of the author’s books. They have to avoid savages, hide from giant animals, fight pirates, and try and find the Book of Doom and Desire. The Wind Witch has told them that she will not send them back into the real world until they find it. In order to find it, they have to indulge their selfish desires. The kids realize that the Wind Witch cannot have it, and have to try and find a way home without giving the book to the witch.
This book may intimidate teens because of it’s length, but it hooks readers quickly and keeps them interested with TONS of action.