The Figure in the Shadows
Investigating the contents of Grandfather Barnavelt's ancient trunk, Lewis and Uncle Jonathan discover an old coin. Lewis hopes it's an amulet whose magic will protect him from bullies. Together with his new friend Rose Rita, he performs a test to find out the coin's powers -- bu neither Lewis nor Rose Rita is prepared for the astonishing and sinister events that follow.
"...so frightening that even now, when I'm an adult and know that the main characters will get through to the end...I still end up skipping pages and chapters just so I can get to the end and make sure everyone survives." - Sarah (Notadoor)
About the Book
This is the second book in the Lewis Barnavelt series.
This is the first book to feature Rose Rita Pottinger.
The book shows up on the Most Frequently Banned Books in the 1990s list (#37) for its use of profanity and link to magic.
Features one of the few instances where a character in Bellairs's fiction swears: this time it's Lewis .
The silly-sounding Fifth Michigan Fire Zouave Lancers were inspired by a number of real-life precedents.
Mrs. Zimmerman explains the significance of Eliphaz Moss and Walpurgis Night.