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
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1452149860
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:440 pages pages

The House in Poplar Wood Reviews

  • Beth
    Oct 07, 2018
    I really liked the concept of the three shades, and the nasty curse Memory and Death put on the family in the Poplar Wood. Lee's struggles against this contract, and Felix's attempts to deal with Death by himself were very effective. Gretchen's spirit often came out as bullying, and I ...
  • Alicia
    Aug 28, 2018
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08... The plot of this one is a little weird to explain so bear with me: there are two boys, twin brothers, and their father works for Death and their mother for Memory, and each has one son as an assistant, and because of an Agreement the two side...
  • Cynthia
    Sep 25, 2018
    I?m so sad to be done with this fantastic and touching book. The characters are found and fully fleshed our and a wonderfully magical world has been created in this little book! I was eagerly anticipate more from the author! Can?t wait to recommend it to my patrons in the children?...
  • Tasha
    Aug 23, 2018
    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
    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, ...
  • Barbara
    Sep 16, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Glenda
    Sep 25, 2018
    3.5 to 4 stars When I first started reading this, I kept thinking "would my son like this? Is this age appropriate?" Then I relaxed and just read it, and wound up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, there were some flaws. It took way too long for me to sta...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 06, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...
  • Ms.Gaye
    Oct 06, 2018
    Creepy and unusual. The Vickery twins live in a family with an unbreakable agreement with Death and Memory (shades), while the Whipple family can do Rites with their summoner powers. Passion (the third shade) sometimes helps them out. But things aren't right in Boone Ridge and Gretchen...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 19, 2018
    Complex mystery and dark paranormal story set in a very believable version of our world. Deals with grief, lonliness, bullying, obligations, and imperfect parents. I can't really tell you much more without giving things away. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 27, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Christine
    Oct 11, 2018
    I don't think I could've enjoyed this story any more. K.E. Ormsbee has SUCH a way with words and details. Loved it. When I had to put it down, I kept feeling jolts of excitement whenever I could pick it up again. ...
  • Bonnie
    Sep 11, 2018
    This is a YA novel and perfect for Halloween. I found it creepy, eerie, and dark, but its storytelling is perfect with a little bit of mystery. I think mature middle schoolers would enjoy it for what it is. Gothic fiction. Thank you Chronicle Books for the book. ...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Oct 11, 2018
    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...
  • Christina
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    Sep 09, 2018
    I received this through Edelweiss as an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The Vickery twins were born into a family who serve the local embodiments of Memory and Death. Their father works for Death and their mother works for Memory, Felix lives with their father and Lee lives ...
  • Julie Guzzetta
    May 25, 2018
    3.5 Stars - I enjoyed this book! It didn?t blow me away, but I ended up liking it more than I initially thought I would. The concept was really interesting - especially seeing Death, Memory, and Passion as actual characters rather than just concepts. One minor (sort of) issue that ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Sep 08, 2018
    Well-executed and satisfying. I would classify this as a traditional fairy tale (Godfather Death being an obvious reference) in modern setting. As such, I liked this better than such books as Brockenbrough?s Game of Love and Death, McNeal?s Far Far Away, or even Ryan?s Newbery Ho...
  • Christina Coats
    Sep 18, 2018
    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. ...
  • Kendall Ball
    Aug 17, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It has a spooky, dark vibe with some pretty heavy themes described in a light enough way for young readers. I?d recommend it to fantasy, and even horror, readers ages 8 to 11ish. My favorite part of this book is the sibling relationships, especially Gretch...
  • Deborah Lane
    Sep 25, 2018
    I loved this well written book. Characters are developed, and the story line unique. Lee, felix, gretchen, and asa are teenagers, voices authentic. Apprenticed to death and memory, and daughter of summoner, their lives are connected to the history of their town. Recommended to middle g...
  • Laura Muse
    Oct 02, 2018
    While I don't normally read middle-grade books, Poplar Wood was the best possible way to ring in the fall season! Without shying away from the permanence and dread of death, Ormsbee brings in characterizations of big forces in people's lives - Death, Memory, and Passion - and realistic...
  • Slyth
    Oct 16, 2018
    I did not want to put this book down and nearly cried when I had to. Lee and Felix are twins separated at birth due to their mom apprenticing for Memory and their dad apprenticing for Death. The shades apprentices fell in love on Halloween, thanks to the help of Passion. Halloween is t...
  • Rachel Benzine
    Sep 04, 2018
    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
    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
    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...