Through the Hidden Door
Avoiding a group of bullies, Barney Pennimen and his friend Snowy discover a cave with an amazing secret
Barney Penniman is afraid of his eighth grade friends at boarding school. Since they’re the nastiest guys at school, Barney is safe from being teased, but the gang’s bullying finally pushes Barney too far, and he finds himself alone.
Then Snowy Cobb, an elf-like, ostracized younger boy, makes a sudden appearance in Barney’s life. And when Snowy finds a mysterious bone on campus, the boys try to determine its origins. Their investigation leads them to a deep, dark, sandy-bottomed cave, and what they discover beneath the sand will test their beliefs—and everything they hold dear. This adventure story was the runner-up for an Edgar Award. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rosemary Wells including rare images from the author’s collection.
- Pub Date
- Open Road Integrated Media
- Age Range
- 12 - 14
“An absorbing school story with a twist, this one is sure to fill readers with a sense of wonder.” —School Library Journal “A satisfying thriller, where the nice guys come out ahead.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the author
Rosemary Wells (b. 1942) is a bestselling children’s book author and illustrator. Born in New York City, Wells was raised in New Jersey. She grew up in a theatrical family. Her mother was a ballet dancer and her father was an actor-playwright. “We had a houseful of wonderful books. Reading stories aloud was as much a part of my childhood as the air I breathed,” Wells recalls. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Since 1968, Wells has published more than 120 books, including seven novels. In her picture books, she pairs her delightful illustrations with humorous and emotionally adept themes. Among her bestselling picture book titles are Voyage to the Bunny Planet, My Very First Mother Goose, and Read to Your Bunny. She is best known for the Max and Ruby series, which depicts the adventures of sibling bunnies. In addition to her picture books, Wells has written several historical fiction and mystery/suspense novels for young adults. She has won countless awards, such as the Parents’ Choice Foundation Award and multiple School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Awards.