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:Fantasy
ISBN:1452149860
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:344 pages pages

The House in Poplar Wood Reviews

  • 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, ...
  • Misty
    Feb 07, 2019
    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...
  • 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...
  • Sam
    Dec 11, 2018
    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
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus ...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    Oct 26, 2018
    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
    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 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...
  • 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...
  • Milliebot
    Nov 08, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Maria
    May 23, 2019
    This one was a slow burn for me. It took me awhile to get into it, but I tore through the last 75 pages or so. I was a little confused about the rules of Poplar Wood and its surroundings. I think the narrative would have benefitted from a singular perspective. Gretchen would be my choi...
  • Patricia Powell
    Nov 14, 2018
    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 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 ...
  • Audrey
    Apr 13, 2019
    Charming, spooky, Appalachian - a trio of very good things. An excellent Halloween read, though enjoyable at any time. And something else I?ve grown to love in Middle Grade that surprises even me: a deep family wrong to be righted. Heartbreak, joy, and deep justice aren?t too m...
  • Mrs. Trimble
    Oct 20, 2018
    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
    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
    Heartwarming and fun?I was delighted by this story. ...
  • Emma
    Dec 09, 2018
    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
    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. ...
  • Carli
    Jun 11, 2019
    ????/5. I wasn?t so sure about this one when I started it; the writing seemed a little clunky. It didn?t take me long to get into it though, and I found myself racing through it. Twins Lee and Felix live in separate ends of a house in the woods. Thanks to an Agreement betwe...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    Mar 06, 2019
    Oh I really loved this book! The story is unique and very creative. It is a perfect read around the Halloween season. The story follows the Vickery twins, Lee and Felix. Lee and his Mother serve Memory, working for her to store memories of others. Felix and his Dad serve Death, working...
  • Celene Fraticelli
    Apr 22, 2019
    What a great concept for a book! I would gladly read this one again and again. A great spooky-middle grade read. ...
  • Kady Monroe
    Nov 23, 2018
    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
    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...
  • 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...
  • Jewel (A Novel Adventurer)
    Jun 02, 2019
    Twin brother Felix and Lee Vickery live in a house with in the poplar woods. Within this home, they are separated between east and west. On one side, Felix lives with his father, the apprentice to Death. On the other, Lee resides with his mother, Memory's apprentice. Due to The Agreeme...