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Watch Hollow de Gregory Funaro
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Watch Hollow (edição: 2019)

de Gregory Funaro (Autor), Matthew Griffin (Ilustrador)

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New York Times bestselling author Gregory Funaro brings us into a world where magic exists, monsters roam in the shadows, and wooden animals come to life. Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock's gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows. When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything is wrong. A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that's too good for him to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep. It doesn't take long, however, for the children to realize that there is more to Blackford House than meets the eye. And before they can entirely understand the strange world they've stumbled into, Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr--a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself, but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear.… (mais)
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Título:Watch Hollow
Autores:Gregory Funaro (Autor)
Outros autores:Matthew Griffin (Ilustrador)
Informação:HarperCollins (2019), 256 pages
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The best book I've read so far in this year and I've read quite a number in this couple months.

I like how the battle of love vs. fear is explored. Although fear is supposedly greater for mere mortals like us, love and hope combined always win and that message is clear. The beauty of this book is the unexpected twists which are equal part heartwarming as they are magical. ( )
  KLHtet | Jun 17, 2020 |
Mr. Funaro is back with new characters and old friends in the second installment in this series, Watch Hollow: The Alchemist's Shadow. In this book, we meet Agatha and Algernon, the twins. In the beginning I was not a fan of them as they were there to challenge Lucy and Oliver for Blackford House. I loved the first book, so my allegiance was to Lucy and Oliver.

Although, Lucy and Oliver were not the only familiar faces that I was happy to see again. All of the animals from the clock. As if I could not love them any more, I did fall in love with them more. It was great to see them come to the rescue again.

Both young and adult readers will enjoy reading these books. Yet, these books will be enjoyed more by the younger readers for which they are more geared towards. So the audience is just right. Think of these books in the same category as the movie, The House with a Clock in Its Walls. I recommend reading these books. ( )
  Cherylk | Feb 16, 2020 |
If a glance at the plot makes you fear that Watch Hollow is a just a rip-off of John Bellairs' The House With a Clock in its Walls, don't worry. It's not. The clock is visible, for one thing. Only Lucy and Oliver Tinker's mother is dead. Their father, Charles Tinker, is very much alive. He's an excellent clocksmith, but has a poor head for business. That's why Tinker's Clock Shop is in financial trouble. 13-year-old Ollie is as mechanically-minded as his father. 11-year-old Lucy isn't. She's currently in trouble for having fought back when bully Betsy Bigby assaulted and insulted her. Her punishment ends during the first chapter, in time for British Mr. Mortimer Quigley to offer her Dad a goodly sum to fix his clock.

It's the clock in one of the walls of Blackford House in Watch Hollow, Rhode Island. Lucy's not happy about spending the summer away from her friends and activities. Oliver, who would have been beaten up by Betty Bigsby's big brother, Theo, if not for some help from a crow, is just as glad to leave. Along with his worries about his father's health, their finances, and his grief over the loss of their mother, Oliver has to endure the voice cracking and pimples/zits that come with puberty. He's also the one who wears glasses -- not exactly a MANLY image, if your image of a man is decades out of date..

Blackford House is in disrepair, but it doesn't look as creepy as the woods behind it. It's June, but there are few leaves on the trees. Lucy teases Oliver about it being a great setting for a horror movie. They later learn that the woods are called the Shadow Woods. The name is apt. Oliver is the one to figure out that the trees have been growing closer to the house and its carriage house over the years.

The huge clock doesn't have numbers. It has holes shaped like animals. It's a cuckoo clock, but the bird is missing Lucy experiences the first spooky happening shortly before Mr. Quigley drives up to give Mr. Tinker the keys. How strange that he assures them about the inside of the house, but claims he has things to do, and fails to go in with them.

The clock in the wall is no ordinary clock. It generates the electricity for the house. In the meantime, there's a gasoline (petrol, if you're British), generator to give the Tinkers power.

During their stay, the children experience more unusual happenings, while Mr. Tinker is more-or-less oblivious. He's got the problem of what the previous clocksmith did to ponder over and correct. Oliver meets a boy called Teddy who tells him that he's the son of the previous clocksmith.
Lucy meets a dog named Torsten Six and a cat named Meridian. Those they meet want things from them. Should they help? What about the terrible giant of the woods, Garr, whom we meet in the prologue? What does HE want?

NOTES:

Chapter 2:

a. Here is the incident with the Bigbys and the crow.

b. "Food stamps" is the old name for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Mentions: Adidas and YouTube

Chapter 3:

a. This is where Lucy wonders how people survived before navigation systems were invented. (By getting off the road to check the map if alone, or having a passenger read the map and give directions, getting directions from local residents, or getting lost.)

b. Blackford House's outside and carriage house are described.
Mentions: New Hampshire, the New England Pest Control Building (there are photos of it online), iPhone,

Chapter 4: Part of Blackford House's interior is described. Note the painting of the house in the dining room.

Chapter 5: Lucy meets Torsten Six
Mention: Monopoly (the game),

Chapter 6:

a. Mr. Tinker is being foolish if he's not taking the medicine for his high blood pressure (hypertension). Long-term damage from not treating your hypertension can cause heart attacks, strokes, and blindness, etc. High blood pressure runs in my family so I take my medicine every day. I don't want to wind up helpless in bed like my Granny or one of my uncles did before they died.

b. Oliver meets Teddy, who tells him about Hollow Pond and a couple of nearby creeks.

Chapter 7: Lucy finds Roger Blackford's journal. The entry for 19 April 1908 is interesting.
Mention: Froot Loops cereal

Chapter 8:

a. I grew up reading old-fashioned books. You get used to style.

b. Lucy meets Meridian, who isn't as friendly as Torsten Six.
Mentions: alchemy, Sherlock Holmes, Great Expectations [by Charles Dickens], The Count of Monte Cristo [by Alexandre Dumas (père -- French for "father)], and War and Peace [by Leo Tolstoy]

Chapter 11 Mention: Spam (Why, yes, I AM hearing the 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' spam song in my head.)

Watch Hollow is a really good book with the right amount of scares and magic. I like the illustrations, too. A sequel, Watch Hollow: The Alchemist's Shadow, is due out in February of 2020. I definitely want to read it.

Cat lovers: We get to enjoy Meridian.

Dog lovers: We get to enjoy Torsten Six.

Rat lovers: You'll appreciate Fennish Seven, I'm sure. ( )
  JalenV | Oct 25, 2019 |
The Tinkers are a family that's been through the mill, what with them falling on hard times, and the loss of one of their one, if a world could be shades of grey, theirs would be fading to black. One day, an offer that's SO GOOD it can't possibly be hiding anything dark or sinister (yeah, right, and my name is George Washington) is laid at the feet of their father. He's a kind, loving man, who just wants to see his family out of debt, while somehow rediscovering their joy of life, of togetherness, despite the cloud of sadness they remain cloaked in. Accepting the "gift" fate has granted him, he takes on the task of fixing a massive clock (with abilities much beyond that of telling time!) in a mysterious old house, in the mysterious (and perhaps enchanted?) dark woods of Watch Hollow. What could go wrong... *-*

Right from the start, I felt for Lucy and Oliver. No, I've not had the sadness of my heart breaking in the same way as theirs, but I definitely feel their pain in my own way. They were finding their way through the dark days that absence created and while getting on each other's nerves, they were also constantly on the look out for the other. It was utterly endearing and played an integral part throughout the story, including the DANGEROUS and SUSPENSE FILLED END. Though Oliver liked to reason his way through things, being close to teen-dom, he wasn't always thinking clearly...add in a dose of morose to the heart, and it's easy to see how the wool was pulled over his eyes, and yet I can't find room in my heart to totally write him off as a "bad guy" for his choices. Lucy is an equally lovable character, though prickly in her own right. Worried about worrying everyone else, she kept too many things to herself, but her heart was ever so much in the right place. Her kindness, her caring, her utter desire to do the right thing even when it was the hard thing to do, kept her shining in my eyes, even when her own self-esteem faltered.

All in all, it was DARK, and ENCHANTING, filled with HOPE and with DESTRUCTION, but in the end, it reminds us to love the ones we're with, try not to regret the past but most certainly learn from it, and always spare a bit of kindness for a stranger...just, you know, don't invite the darkness in.

**ecopy received for review
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  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
The Tinker family is hired to fix the clock in the Blackford House. The clock runs the electric to the house when working correctly. Young Lucy realizes the house is magical and must figure out the mystery of the house before the evil takes over. Great mystery that has good versus evil. Children will love this story and would make a great book club book! ( )
  SWONclear | May 8, 2019 |
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New York Times bestselling author Gregory Funaro brings us into a world where magic exists, monsters roam in the shadows, and wooden animals come to life. Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock's gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows. When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything is wrong. A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that's too good for him to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep. It doesn't take long, however, for the children to realize that there is more to Blackford House than meets the eye. And before they can entirely understand the strange world they've stumbled into, Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr--a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself, but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear.

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