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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West

It’s officially summer, so the perfect time to start in on a binge-read, and with the release of the fifth and final installment in Jacqueline West’s The Books of Elsewhere series last week, you’ve got enough to get you through some solid beach days.

Olive Dunwoody moves into a creepy old house with her mathematician parents, and like all smart kids one step ahead of their parents- she senses something’s up. The place is a weird, trippy, Weasley house without the warmth, and Olive soon learns that there’s much more than meets the eye. The paintings seemingly fused to the walls as permanent fixtures actually serve as portals to Elsewhere. Following in the footsteps of the intrepid kid-explorers who came before her, Olive embarks on a dangerous adventure in Elsewhere. It’s like Coraline meets Harry Potter.

We’ve got an exclusive excerpt: Chapters 1 and 2 of Shadows, the first volume of the series. That should whet your appetite for more- four more, to be exact. We’ll even get you started with a free copy of Shadows: Tell us your favorite haunted house, leave it in the comments section along with your email. Winners will receive a copy of the first volume in the series to kickstart your summer binge read.

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  1. Amy Hart says:

    My daughter loves this series! She likes Goosebumps. [email protected]

  2. Jessica B. says:

    Living in San Diego, we have The Whaley House Museum as our offical house (as well as a Witch’s Tower close to Presidio Park)! It’s a nice little place to learn about the early history of San Diego when it was first formed. Plus it’s a fun place to visit for ghost tours during the month of October!
    Honestly there are MANY haunted places in the world I want to visit besides The Whaley House! The Winchester Mystery House, Alcatraz, Hotel Del California, Waverly Hills Sanitorium, The Lizzie Borden House, and Eastern State Penn being some of them!

  3. Kim M says:

    Favorite Haunted Place I’ve been to that is still there
    – Waverly Hills Santorium in KY.  I went to a haunted house there (actually 2 different haunted houses, both at the same place, at the same time), so that counts, right?  Here in my town there was a Knights of Pythias mansion which was supposedly haunted, for a while it was an orphanage, and a nursing home… eventually the school system took charge of it (it was next to the high school) and used it for years as a haunted house as a fundraiser for the school, and it was the BEST haunted house I’ve ever been in, very consistently.  Of course they tore it down a few years ago, so no more scares there…

  4. Emily says:

    The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park CO scared me so very much I cried a little.

  5. Candice says:

    What an awesome tease! Can’t wait to read more. Favorite haunted place: Gransir’s Grave. We’d go out there every weekend to hear him play his violin and stomp his feet on the porch.

  6. Dawn says:

    The haunted house at the MN State Fair.

  7. Lisa C says:

    There’s a restaurant in Atkinson, NH called Eggies that used to be a house and is supposed to be haunted. I’ve never seen anything but the food is good!

  8. Cheri C says:

    The Winchester House is fascinating. The house I currently live in has odd things happening too!

  9. AngieD says:

    If it has to be a house, Prospect Place in Eastern Ohio. If we’re talking favorite haunted place, Waverly Hills, Ky. It’s a fun place to visit. Lots of levels to explore.

  10. Ben C says:

    Scarehousein Pittsburgh

  11. Stacey Gage says:

    The Winchester Mystery House!

  12. Thomas Nord says:

    My favorite haunted house is the Navidson house from House of Leaves. It may not be a haunted house in the traditional sense, but it freaked me the heck out. 

  13. Kasey says:

    Disneylands Haunted Mansion

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  15. Bev Galloway says:

    My favorite Haunted House is not a house at all, it’s a LIBRARY! The famous “Lady in Grey” resides at Willard Library here in Evansville, Indiana!

  16. Evelyn says:

    The Lalaurie house in new orleans