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Contributor(s): Barker, Clive

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ISBN: 0061684260     ISBN-13: 9780061684265
Publisher: Perennial
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2008

Annotation: Clive Barker's haunting bestseller about Harvey Swick and his terrible flight from boredom straight into the menacing evil of Holiday House, is available in a new digest-size paperback edition with a classic fantasy look.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Horror
Dewey: 823/.914
LCCN: 2008045056
Lexile Measure: 740
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.55 lbs) 267 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 14871
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face -- when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows -- that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitious for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 September #4)
In a tale that manages to be both cute and horrifying, bestselling novelist and screenwriter Barker ( Imajica ) puts the dark side back into childhood fantasy, recalling the violent undercurrents of the Grimm Brothers' tales and other classics. When archetypal 10-year-old Harvey Swick desperately wishes to be delivered from a boring February afternoon, he is miraculously rescued by Rictus, a smiling (if somewhat sinister) creature. Rictus takes Harvey to the Holiday House, where every morning is spring, every afternoon is summer and every evening offers Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in quick succession. Barker masterfully embroiders this fantasy world with a mounting number of grim, even gruesome details. Harvey must heroically battle what is gradually revealed to be the malevolent force behind the Holiday House in order to save not only himself but all its previous young guests. Barker's own illustrations convey the story's deceptively sweet appeal. A welcome modern-day return to a classic form, this fable lives up to the publisher's billing as a tale for all ages. 100,000 first printing; $140,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild, Doubleday and Sci-Fi Book Club alternates; author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 February #1)
When a 10-year-old boy wishes to be delivered from a boring afternoon, a creature takes him to the Holiday House. "Barker masterfully embroiders this fantasy world with a mounting number of grim, even gruesome details," wrote PW, "in a tale that manages to be both cute and horrifying." Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1993 February)
YA-- What teens could resist an opening line like ``The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive''? Harvey succumbs to the lure of instant pleasure, and lives to battle his way back to the real world twice , in order to regain all that he has lost. Lots of white space and full-page black-and-white illustrations invite readers to harken back to their younger days and the pleasures of folk and fairy tale collections. A candidate for reading aloud, this new twist on the fable genre may lead to independent writings or a new appreciation of the form. Layered with both supernatural elements and a large dose of horror, this one will entice fantasy fans to broaden their reading interests.-- Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.
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