Marks #25 – 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (304 pages)

I read this story to my daughters.

100 cupboards is the story of twelve-year-old Henry York.  Henry has been shipped off from New York to the middle of Henry, Kansas to live with his Aunt, Uncle, and three girl cousins. One night, while sleeping in his room (which is the attic), Henry discovers a series of 99 cupboards – which, as it turns out, each lead to another world.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book and wanted to read it to my daughters because they love the Narnia tales of traveling to other worlds.  The story is well written with an unraveling mystery and many strange twists and adventures.  My daughters all loved the book and are eager for me to purchase the next book in the series.

Since N.D. Wilson is a Christian, I thought this book would have more of a clear theological connection like the Narnia books… I couldn’t find it though.  I also must warn the parents out there that much of the book seems dark and a bit too creepy.  At times I had to change the story a bit as well as the dialogue as to not freak out my daughters too much (I was freaked out though)

The series is recommended for older kids, and I think I would agree… but I’ll have a hard time convincing my five-year-old that she can’t listen to the next book.

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