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by William Corlett

  • ISBN: 0099407280
  • Category: Сhildren's books
  • Author: William Corlett
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (1999)
  • Pages: 288 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
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Being the Third Book of the Magician’s House. Behind this stone the branches of a massive yew tree were just visible, marking the edge of the escarpment which formed one side of Golden Valley, where the children were staying with their Uncle Jack.

Being the Third Book of the Magician’s House. WILLIAM PUSHED FORWARD with his hands and, spreading his arms, glided through the tingling, ice-cold water. As he did so, the distant trees came a fraction closer, rising in a thin heat-haze above the lake. It was in this yew that the children had discovered a secret room, now hidden by the thick branches of the tree, during the previous holidays.

William Corlett's Magician's House Quartet, originally published by The Bodley Head in London recently became .

William Corlett's Magician's House Quartet, originally published by The Bodley Head in London recently became a major BBC television series. The Summer of the Haunting, a contemporary ghost story, is his most recent novel for young readers. On the near side, behind Alice and where Mary now lay dozing among the remains of their picnic, the vegetation was lighter and leafier; broad oaks, birches, chestnuts and other woodland trees and bushes crowded down to the water's edge. Here the sunlight danced and glittered through the branches, casting shadows and making an ever-changing scene of light and shade.

The Magician's House is a quartet of children's fantasy books by William Corlett. Two mini-series were produced in 1999 for British television, which were directed by Paul Lynch. The series featured Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Fry voicing some of the animal characters. The books were published in the early 1990s, and named as follows: The Steps up the Chimney. The Door in the Tree. The Tunnel behind the Waterfall. The Bridge in the Clouds.

It is spring and William, Mary and Alice Constant have returned to Golden House for the Easter holidays, anxious to see if the magic will work again.

The Magician's House Quartet by. William Corlett. Again brilliant book from William Corlett

The Magician's House Quartet by. The third book of a quartet, The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall follows three siblings living in the countryside while their parents are overseas. After encountering a mysterious Magician from a previous century, the siblings discover several forgotten magical places and befriend many talking animals. The main plot follows the proposed construction of a theme park: the siblings oppose the development because it will destroy the natural environment. Again brilliant book from William Corlett. Bit of mystery and was fun to read and see how it all panned out. Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 3, 2010). ISBN13: 9781442414136. Grades: 5 - 8. Ages: 10 - 13.

The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall. It is summer and the long holidays at Golden House stretch before William, Mary and Alice Constant. Hot lazy days of swimming and picnics. until a new and terrible shadow steals over the valley and the children are plunged into a desperate adventure to save it from greedy developers. Once more they are pulled into the Magician's world and his eternal battle between good and evil. But without the Magician's trust and with evil Morden's powers now stronger than ever, they have a huge task on their hands. The Steps up the Chimney.

William Corlett grew up in Yorkshire. After training at RADA, he worked as an actor in the theatre and on television before devoting himself full-time to writing.

Loved this one. One of those typical books where a bunch of adults want to develop and destroy, and it's up to the kids to stop them! Читать весь отзыв. William Corlett grew up in Yorkshire. His teen-novel The Gate of Eden was successfully dramatised in the 1970s, and he won an Emmy for his dramatisation of The Magician's House for the BBC.

Not even the Magician can battle him now. But are the lessons he has taught William . Target/Movies, Music & Books/Books/Kids' Books‎. product description page. The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall - (Magician's House Quartet) by William Corlett (Paperback)

Not even the Magician can battle him now. But are the lessons he has taught William, Mary, and Alice enough to defeat an ancient foe? Suddenly they're alone, with only the Magician's subjects - the badger, the kestrel, the fox, and the otter - to lead them in the fight of their lives! . The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall - (Magician's House Quartet) by William Corlett (Paperback).

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Reviews about Tunnel Behind the Waterfall (Magician's House) (7):
Very entertaining story
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This book is for all ages. I have read it three times now over many years. Do yourself a favour and read all four books.
This is a classic English countryside mystery/fantasy/adventure with a slightly updated and modernized sensibility. The location, the atmosphere, the naturalistic writing style - all up to snuff. A vaguely menacing, slightly dotty magician/alchemist/spirit to instruct and harry the young adventurers - again, classic.

But, and this is a huge but, the three sibling heroes are just terrible. A tense know-it-all, a whiny know-it-all and a juvenile complainer know-it-all compete to see who can be the most childish and quarrelsome. From page one to the final page the poking, griping, complaining, teasing, insulting rudeness and shallowness never ever lets up. Had I been Uncle Jack or Phoebe, the couple who's babysitting these kids for winter break, I would have put them right back on the train home.

And the thing is, this problem could have been easily corrected. All of the superfluous whining could have been edited out. The basic characters are decent. The sibling dynamic could have been tweaked and toned down. Why wasn't this done? Don't know.

So, you have a great location, a compelling master plotline, a novel approach to fantasy magic, very creative incorporation of animals and nature into the story and mellow but satisfactory pacing. Depending on how much allowance you can make for the character problems, this could be a very satisfying read.
This book is something of a mixed bag, combining good suspense with uneven pacing and description. There were also a few threads that were, honestly, not necessary in this book.
Three kids, in the manner of Alan Garner's books, are sent to their uncle's peculiar mansion, an old house with strange animals creeping nearby and a series of steps going up the chimney. Tension is rampant in the house, as Uncle Jack and his live-in, vegetarian girlfriend Phoebe are having a baby and are not married. At the same time, a mysterious, magical man named Steven Tyler is lurking near the house with designs on the people inside...
Though the suspense in this book is pretty good, it often slams to a halt rather than building to a climax. The descriptive language when talking about nature and the outdoors is wonderful, but unfortunately we never get clear pictures of the characters or the inside of Golden House.
I found that the whole subplot with Phoebe and Jack to be rather unnecessary, and an item that some parents may not want their kids to read about, as both characters believe that there's nothing unusual about cohabitation and single motherhood. It's a mature matter that somehow was jarring in with the innocent "children on holiday encounter magic" plotline. I also found it distracting that the girls spend so much time suspecting that Phoebe is a witch, then simply drop the matter when she has the child.
The magician unfortunately lacks the majesty of such wizards as Gandalf, Merlin, Albus Dumbledore... he simply appears, talks, then vanishes again. The ending is uneven, as we have one climax, and immediately switch to another.
This book appeared to need some editing, but is overall an interesting story.
The Steps up the Chimney is the first in four books that accumulate into the Magician's House Quartet, revolving around three children who come to stay at their uncle's strange house, and Stephen Tyler, a time-travelling wizard who befriends the children on their stay at Golden Valley.
In the `Steps Up The Chimney' the children arrive at the house after already experiencing some strange events - Will has meet a stranger at Druce Coven station who mysteriously disappeared and a fox seems to popping up everywhere they look. Within the house and grounds however, things become even more strange - Alice finds footprints in the snow that end abruptly in the middle of a clearing and Mary notices an extra window in the house that shouldn't be there. By researching the house's near-ancient origins and searching high and low, the children eventually come across an amazing discovery - that there are steps up the chimney...
These books are highly original - I am a big fantasy reader and there was little in these books that I had run across before in other novels. Among other things the books include time travelling, alchemy, animals that can communicate with the children and the more mundane occurrences of the children's relationship with their uncle and his pregnant girlfriend Phoebe. Although the entire story is set within the valley, the story draws on larger themes that are not only world-wide, but stretch throughout Tyler's time to the present day, the main one being the nature of greed and its evils.
William Corlett shows a good knowledge and interest in English history, and is always adding in tidbits of information when describing the building or architecture of the house or grounds, which he no doubt planned and mapped in great detail.
Characterisation is, on the whole, very good whether it be the somewhat dithery vegetarian Phoebe, the talkative historian Mrs Prewett or the wide variety of animals that roam the ground such as the fox Cinnabar, the owl Jasper or the dog Sirius (or as Alice calls him - Spot). The wizard however, far from being a main character flits in and out of the story very briefly - his role is firmly restrictive to that of teacher, and a distant teacher at that - there is no real warmth in the relationship between him and the children.
Although the title of the book is captivating, many times the story itself falls slightly short of my expectations - often the narrative falls into meaningless history lessons or long-winded descriptions of the nature of alchemy, and much of the story structure relies on the reader having a good visual picture of the house and its features within their head. A map of the house and grounds can be found in each book, but a good idea would have been to include illustrations of many of the diagrams Corlett describes within the book and a family tree to keep track of all the Crawdens, Lewises, Mordens and Tylers that are so often mentioned throughout all four books.

Likewise, I could find very little to like with Corlett's protagonists William, Mary and Alice. If Corlett set out to make them - especially Alice - irritable, annoying, whiny, bickersome children, then he succeeded. If he wanted them to be enjoyable, realistic characters than he failed. To illustrate my point, read the passage where the children are getting into Jack's car for the first ride back to Golden House - it spans only two pages but within it Alice and Will fight over the front seat, Will sits on Alice and Alice moans about not getting her way; Alice says to Mary: 'Oh Mary, the last thing we want is one of your history lessons. They're so boring.' and Mary says: 'They're always squabbling. And that's really boring.' Once inside the car Mary talks with Jack about the length of her hair and Alice says: 'Ugh! Stop flirting, Mary. Be careful, Uncle Jack. She's man-mad!'
Mary: Honestly, you're such a baby, Alice.
Alice: You're blushing! Mary's blushing!
Mary: Shut up Alice!
See what I mean? If I was Uncle Jack I would have stopped the car and left the little brats to camp out on the train tracks. How we are supposed to find the three of them sympathetic, much less likeable characters I have no idea, and they get even worse as the story progresses.
These thoroughly horrible children aside, the books are thoughtful and original - though not the best of their genre, any fantasy reader should be interested enough by this opening novel to continue the story in the next book `The Door in the Tree'.

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