Clash of the Worlds

COLUMBUS, Chris & with Chris Rylander. 512p. (House of Secrets: Bk. 3). HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062192516.
Gr 5–8—The saga of the Walker family comes to a close with the third book in the series, which features the kind of literary adventure that fans have come to expect. Picking up not that long after the previous installment (Battle of the Beasts), this title sees Brendan, Cordelia, and Eleanor scrambling to recapture the beasts that have escaped from the world of their father's books. After a series of events trigger even more destruction, the trio is forced to chase down the magical objects that will help seal off the alternate dimensions that threaten San Francisco and the world as they know it. Fans of the previous titles will love spending one last romp with the Walkers and the rest of their family. The authors provide enough backstory to ensure that newcomers will enjoy the ride. Recommend this series to those young readers eagerly anticipating the newest title from Chris Colfer's "The Land of Stories."
With Chris Rylander. When threats from the book worlds start entering the real one, the Walker siblings (who can travel between worlds) split up to seek the Worldkeepers--each hidden in a different book--and restore the boundaries. The low-hanging humor, clichéd emotional beats, and convoluted plot endemic to the series undermine its conclusion. Still, creative, adrenaline-filled action sequences will hook adventure fans and please series followers.

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