The Tilting House by Tom Llewelyn: A review of a kids book written by kids

tilting house tom llewelynBy Brian’s son & daughter

I received The Tilting House by Tom Llewelyn the other day for review consideration and saw that it was meant for what are known as “middle grade readers”. I’ll admit to not knowing exactly what that term meant. I looked it up and it means a reader from in the 8-12 age range. Bingo Tricycle Press have I got the readers for you. I gave the book to my daughter and son, ages 7 and 8. The boy read the book in a day, which is fast for him. He loved it and said it was “awesome”.

The daughter had next crack at it and she flew through it even faster. With her future status as a blurber secured for life at a young age she said “Oh my God it was supercalafragalisticexpiawesomedoshus.”

What more is there to say.

So there you have it. A review of a kids book written by kids for kids — the way it should be done. So any Spinetingler readers with kids who like to read The Tilting House is approved by the youngest of the Spinetingler set.

You can check out the synopsis after the jump.

Synopsis:

“Whaddya say you boys and me take five and poke around a bit?”
“Poke around where?” I asked.
“Around our new house. I’ll bet if we look in every nook and cranny, we’ll uncover a secret or two.”
“A secret?” asked Aaron. “What kind of secret?”
“I don’t know.” Dad grinned as he struggled to get up from the tilting couch. “A house built with tilting floors has got to have secrets.”

Talking rats
Growth potions
Buried treasure

Brothers Josh and Aaron Peshik are about to discover that their new home with the tilting floors hides many mysteries. When the boys and their neighbor Lola discover the hidden diary of F.T. Tilton, the brilliant but deranged inventor who built the house, they learn a dark secret that may mean disaster for the Peshik family. Can the kids solve the riddles of the tilting house before time runs out?

Mad science, mischief, and mishaps combine in the suspenseful and imaginative tale of The Tilting House.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

2 Replies to “The Tilting House by Tom Llewelyn: A review of a kids book written by kids”

  1. Ha, I had the same idea. I passed the book along to a young reader and asked her to write a review for me if she liked it. This bodes well!

  2. I am only half way through reading this to my son and we love it! I am online now to see what else he has written.