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Watcher in the Woods

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It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.

Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?

The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Xander wants to immediately plunge through the portals in search of Mom. Dad insists that they pace themselves; he says their search may take time, and he wants to make sure they have the energy and freedom to continue looking for as long it takes. Do you understand Xander's feelings? Do you see that Dad may be right as well? What can Xander learn from Dad's caution? What can Dad learn from Xander's impatience?
  2. When David jumped through the portal, thinking he saw his mother, was he being reckless or heroic? What would you have done?
  3. After David returns from the World War II French village, the old man Jesse wakes up realizing someone is in the house. What do you think happened that alerted him to the Kings' presence in their new home?
  4. Why do you think Taksidian wants the Kings out of the house?
  5. What's with that clearing? What do you think makes it defy the laws of gravity? Dad calls it a place to take your mind off everything. Do you sometimes need a mental break? What do you do to clear your mind?
  6. Dad invited Xander into a calm, peaceful world, where they sat on a picnic blanket by a river. Why does Dad think that this world may have contributed to his father's decision to give up their search and leave the house? What do you think this world is all about? Why is it relaxing when the other worlds seem to be so crazy?
  7. Can you relate to David's experience at school that first day? Have you ever been the new kid in school? What did you do to adjust? Did anyone help? Why do you think bullies bully? What is the best way to handle bullies?
  8. In the Mission Control Center, Xander puts up posters of tough-guy action movies to get them "psyched up" for their adventures into unknown worlds. What psyches you up to tackle difficult challenges?
  9. David and Xander disobey Dad to go into the Civil War world. Xander says it's because Dad's search for Mom isn't moving fast enough. Do you agree that this is a good reason to sneak into the portals? With Mom's rescue at stake, what else could Xander have done?
  10. Cops arresting Dad. Clayton coming into the house through the linen closet portal. Xander finding Mom (but he didn't bring her back!) What happens next?
  11. Where would you like to see the Kings go? Your idea could end up in a future Dreamhouse Kings book. See the contest information page for more details.

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Watcher in the Woods, Robert Liparulo

Details

It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.

Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?

The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Series Dreamhouse Kings
Publication Date September 29, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595547282
ISBN-13 9781595547286
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"