The House in Poplar Wood

The House in Poplar Wood

For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, they?ve only ever been able to leave the house together once a year, on Halloween. The rest of the year, Lee and his mother serve Memory, while Felix and his father assist Death. This is the Agreement. But one Halloween, Gretchen Whipple smashes her way into their lives. Her bargain is simple: If the twins help her solve the mu For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, they?ve only ever been able to leave the house together once a yea...

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Title:The House in Poplar Wood
Author:K.E. Ormsbee
Rating:
Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1452149860
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:344 pages pages

The House in Poplar Wood Reviews

  • Alexa Hamilton
    Nov 20, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

    The thirteen-year-old Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, lead most unusual lives in their house in Poplar Wood. Because of a deal with Death and Memory, their father serves as a healer and their mother as a psychologist, but each parent lives in one part of the house. Their father and mothe...

    Twin brothers Felix and Lee are bound by a pact made between Death and Memory. Felix works with his father, who serves Death, and Lee works with his mother, who serves Memory. Even though they all live under the same roof, the house is divided, and the parents aren?t allowed to see e...

    I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the publisher, Chronicle Books, in exchange for my unbiased review. Lee and Felix are brothers who live unusual lives. Their mother is Memory's apprentice, and their father is Death's apprentice. Lee helps his mother as she helps Me...

    Lee and Felix are brothers that live in the same house with a weird agreement--one lives with their mother on one side, the other lives with their father on the other side. Their parents can never see each other, and each cannot see the parent they do not live with. This complex arrang...

  • Cindy Hudson
    Oct 31, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

    The thirteen-year-old Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, lead most unusual lives in their house in Poplar Wood. Because of a deal with Death and Memory, their father serves as a healer and their mother as a psychologist, but each parent lives in one part of the house. Their father and mothe...

    Twin brothers Felix and Lee are bound by a pact made between Death and Memory. Felix works with his father, who serves Death, and Lee works with his mother, who serves Memory. Even though they all live under the same roof, the house is divided, and the parents aren?t allowed to see e...

  • Tasha
    Aug 23, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

  • Lulu // RoadsideReader
    Sep 21, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

  • Misty
    Feb 07, 2019

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

  • Barbara
    Sep 16, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

    The thirteen-year-old Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, lead most unusual lives in their house in Poplar Wood. Because of a deal with Death and Memory, their father serves as a healer and their mother as a psychologist, but each parent lives in one part of the house. Their father and mothe...

  • Laurie
    Jun 19, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

  • Sam
    Dec 11, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 06, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    Oct 26, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

  • Jen
    Jan 30, 2019

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

  • Elizabeth
    Jun 27, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

  • Michael
    Aug 02, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Apr 30, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

  • Milliebot
    Nov 08, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

  • Jenni Frencham
    Oct 11, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

  • Patricia Powell
    Nov 14, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

  • Christina
    Apr 22, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

  • Mrs. Trimble
    Oct 20, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

  • Mitzi Moshiri
    Nov 07, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

  • Ash
    Dec 14, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

  • Emma
    Dec 09, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

  • Christina Coats
    Sep 18, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

  • Nick
    Sep 11, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Mandy Weeks-Green
    Oct 22, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

    The thirteen-year-old Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, lead most unusual lives in their house in Poplar Wood. Because of a deal with Death and Memory, their father serves as a healer and their mother as a psychologist, but each parent lives in one part of the house. Their father and mothe...

    Twin brothers Felix and Lee are bound by a pact made between Death and Memory. Felix works with his father, who serves Death, and Lee works with his mother, who serves Memory. Even though they all live under the same roof, the house is divided, and the parents aren?t allowed to see e...

    I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the publisher, Chronicle Books, in exchange for my unbiased review. Lee and Felix are brothers who live unusual lives. Their mother is Memory's apprentice, and their father is Death's apprentice. Lee helps his mother as she helps Me...

    Lee and Felix are brothers that live in the same house with a weird agreement--one lives with their mother on one side, the other lives with their father on the other side. Their parents can never see each other, and each cannot see the parent they do not live with. This complex arrang...

    Haunted Mansion meets Stranger Things ? "A smart, thrilling mystery" -Publishers Weekly, starred review ? "Magical elements, evocative, intelligent writing, and ever-ratcheting suspense."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review "The foreboding atmosphere perfectly matches the dark...

  • Kady Monroe
    Nov 23, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

  • Joshua Krames
    Jan 14, 2019

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

  • Rachel Benzine
    Sep 04, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

    Interest Level: YA What if you lived in your house but you were not ever allowed to see your mother or your father? This is the problem that brothers, Lee and Felix, face. These two brothers live in the same house but Felix lives on the side of the house with his dad and Lee lives o...

    Peace and blessings to NetGalley for giving me a free read of this book. Hopefully I can convey my honest reaction accurately in this review. The House in Poplar Wood embodies the spirit of everything I look for in a summer reading experience. Throughout the exhaustingly warm and d...

    Three shades live in Boone Ridge: Death, Memory and Passion. Death decides whether or not a person lives or dies and his apprentice will help heal those destined to live another day. Memory stores for safekeeping the good memories of the townspeople but also helps to remove forever tho...

    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC! I love a K.E. Ormsbee middle grade novel. Would you like to know why I love her books? Her middle grade novels always have a large mystery in need of unraveling, with wonderfully mysterious child characters who often adventure into the unkno...

    The thirteen-year-old Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, lead most unusual lives in their house in Poplar Wood. Because of a deal with Death and Memory, their father serves as a healer and their mother as a psychologist, but each parent lives in one part of the house. Their father and mothe...

    Twin brothers Felix and Lee are bound by a pact made between Death and Memory. Felix works with his father, who serves Death, and Lee works with his mother, who serves Memory. Even though they all live under the same roof, the house is divided, and the parents aren?t allowed to see e...

    I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from the publisher, Chronicle Books, in exchange for my unbiased review. Lee and Felix are brothers who live unusual lives. Their mother is Memory's apprentice, and their father is Death's apprentice. Lee helps his mother as she helps Me...

  • Meaghan - Words Gremlin
    Aug 09, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...

    After their parents made an Agreement with Death, the Vickery twins had to live with it. It meant that Felix had to serve Death alongside his father, witnessing healing and dying every day. Felix was not allowed to go to school and could not ever see his mother. His father could not se...

    This review and others posted over at my blog. I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. In this world, Death, Memory and Passion are ?living? beings, called Shades, and each town has their own trio, unbeknownst to most folk. The Vickery ...

    The Book The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee was a wonderful masterpiece of literature that made me interested in magic novels again. The theme was very apparent, that you should stand up for what you believe in and change can happen when you do something about it yourself. It g...

    Felix and Lee Vickery, 13-year-old twin boys, live in ?The House in Poplar Wood? (Chronicle Books 2018) by K. E. Ormsbee. The book opens with, ?The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, ...

    DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 5 STARS EXPECTED AUGUST 28, 2018 TW: death It's been a long time since I've read a middle grade book, since I mostly read YA nowadays, but I am SO GRATEFUL that I received a ...

  • Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
    Aug 27, 2018

    I can't wait to read this one for Halloween. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Twins Lee and Felix Vickery live in a secluded house in Poplar Wood with their parents. The hitch? Their dad Vince is the apprentice to Death and their mom Judith is the apprentice to Memory. Death and Memory despise each other and have had a feud going for years so when Passion brou...

    I listened to this on audio. I was a little hesitant at first, because I just wasn't feeling the narrator. And though I did eventually grow to like him, some pet peeves did remain throughout. But story-wise, this book encapsulates so much of what I love about middle grade. Full review...

    My thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. DNF at 153 pages. The world building is confusing to me. It takes place in a world very similar to our own, however there are "Shades", actual manifestations of Passion, Memory and Death, wh...

    I think this would be a great read aloud in a middle school classroom in October. It's just the right amount of spooky. The characters were likeable and the plot moved quickly enough. I think the depictions of the Shades were simplistic, but not poorly so. When I realized that the main...

    I was lucky to win an arc of The House in Poplar Wood from K.E. Ormsbee on instagram! Opinions are my own, unbiased and genuine. The title of this story piqued my interest right away and I added it to my ?want to read? list early on. I enjoyed Ormsbee?s The Water and the Wild ...

    I liked what this book was going for, and its vibe, but it didn?t really work for me. The House in Poplar Wood tells the story of twin brothers, Felix and Lee, who are apprentices for two of ?The Shades?, Death and Memory. They have unique experiences under their differen...

    A great book to read for October, The House in Poplar Wood by KE Ormsbee is simply fantastic. Though geared toward Middle Graders, I found this to be delightful. The pacing was amazing, the ending very well done, and the characters enjoyable. Shades, spectral incarnations of Death, ...

    Ormsbee, K.E. The House in Poplar Wood. Chronicle Books, 2018. Lee and his mother live in one half of their house and together serve Memory. Felix and his father live in the other half of the house and together serve Death. Felix has no memories of his mother, while Lee has never me...

    This is the story of two young brothers who are apprentices to "shades". The shades are Memory and Death. A murder happens in the town where they live and one brother finds himself pulled into investigating the crime by a member of a rival family. There are also other sub plots within ...

    Really a splendid read! Rich details, entertaining dialogue, and vivid characters. I also found the plot to be both exciting and unexpected. I loved the depiction of Death and the other Shades - and I also really enjoyed all of the human characters as well - despite their flaws. Althou...

    Talk about a house divided. The house in Poplar Wood is literally divided and each side is under obligation to work for a Shade: Death and Memory. This book was such a page turner and I did not want it to end. ...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...

    I really enjoyed this; it was creepy and eerie, and fairly dark for a kids? book. The story was tightly written, and the characters were flawed and yet still likeable. I liked that the premise isn?t clear right away; things get explained as the story unfolds. This distinctive fanta...

    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...

    Metaphors for the most universal human impulses and experiences walk and talk in K. E. Ormsbee's The House in Poplar Wood, a chilling and mournful but ultimately uplifting middle grade novel about duty, family, and creating your own path in life. Twins Lee and Felix Vickery occupy t...