August 20, 2009

Review: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Summary from Barnes and Noble

Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.


The idea of this book is cool. I mean who wouldn't love to find 99 doors in a wall that lead to different places - some real some not. That would be the coolest! But, unfortunately, I wasn't wowed by the story. It seemed underdeveloped - touching on beginnings of stories behind the doors but not telling enough to clarify anything. Clearly it is was setting up for the sequel. The ending left lots of unanswered questions and lots of unknowns. Was a character good or bad? Where was Henry from? Why was Henry getting letters telling him he had done something wrong? How were the doors created? And more.

Why you might like the book:

If you like mystery and suspense with some magic thrown in you will probably enjoy this story. And definitely if you like mysteries and trying to solve them you should should read it! You'll be given a true mystery - one that will carry you into the whole series.

Grade C+
Lexile 650

Similar books: Tunnels, City of Ember

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