Chase Tinker and The House of Secrets by Malia Ann Haberman

HAPPY (cyber) MONDAY! My last day of Thanksgiving break. ๐Ÿ™

I am working on my entry for the Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest (see the rules HERE) today and hopefully will get it done before I have to go back to school.

I have a great book to tell you about today.


House of secrets new coverChase Tinker & The House of Secrets
By Malia Ann Haberman
224 pages – ages 8+
Published by Crossroad Press on May 30, 2013

Chase Tinker is BACK! In the first Chase Tinker book, โ€œChase Tinker and the House of Magic,โ€ (read my review HERE) Chase finds out that he and his brother have magical powers that they get when they turn 10 & ยฝ. Chase also finds out about a magical house that is the headquarters of the Tinker Family. He later finds out about an evil family called the Marlowes that try to enslave the human race and steal the Tinker magic. In Book 2, Chase and his family is now living at the legendary Tinker House. Chase thinks he and his family have a pretty good life. His dad is back, and Chase is kind of angry with him, because his dad didnโ€™t tell Chase and his younger brother Andy about the magical abilities of the Tinker family. Chaseโ€™s cousin, Janie (also living at the Tinker house) is very angry because her mom died trying to save Chaseโ€™s dad from the Marlowes. No one knows how to help her so they kind of leave her alone. When the Marlowes kidnap Janie, the Tinkers realize they will do ANYTHING to get her back! With help from their long-lost cousin Nori and friend Persephone, Chase, Andy and their dad believe they can rescue Janie โ€“ if they can find her, that is!

I was very happy to read this book because the first of Ms. Habermanโ€™s Chase Tinker books was written so well and it was exciting. The second book was just as good, if not better! There are many twists and turns in the plot, but it is a clearly written story that is fun to read and easy to follow. I love the Tinker magic described in the book. I was happy to learn more about it in the second book. I love Noriโ€™s power โ€“ she can absorb knowledge from books (without doing things to damage the book) without reading it. The twist at the end of the book was totally unexpected and really made it a great ending. The book is a clean read and great for middle grade readers. Chase is a good main character. Ms. Haberman makes him a believable kid (only with magical powers). The reader can understand how he feels about who he is. I like Andy the best, though. Heโ€™s always hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I give “The House of Secrets” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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46 replies

  1. Agree on all points Eric ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a wonderful review. There’s something very fun about reading a magical book.

  3. I identify with Nori. Absorbing knowledge from books without damaging them is a special talent of mine. Yep.

  4. Sounds like a good one. I can’t tell what’s on the cover though. Is it green mist in a doorway? It’s really hard to see.

    • Hi Michelle! Yes, it is green mist drifting from a doorway. I know it’s kind of hard to tell when it’s that small. My publisher is working on an updated cover to make it clearer. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Malia ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Malia, so glad you posted here! I’d like to suggest you may want to rethink the font. I haven’t actually read the book, but the font suggests “flighty, whimsical, playful, cutesy” whereas the darkness and green fog (which I was able to see clearly) suggests creepy and mysterious. I’m not sure what you’re going for, but that was something I found confusing on that level. Like I said, it depends on what you’re going for. Sounds like a wonderful book, according to Erik! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • It IS a wonderful book! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hi Writersideup! Thanks so much for your thoughts on my book. To me, the title font looks fun and magical, so combined with the picture, I want to convey that this book, just like the first one, is a nice mixture of both light and dark.

        I’m so happy Erik really liked it. He’s too awesome for words. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Malia, if that’s what you’re looking for, you nailed it! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I didn’t have trouble knowing it was green fog/mist, but if others did, it’s probably worth looking into tweaking.

        Pssst—yes, Erik is terrific, but let’s not let him know that. His head might swell and then his “kidlit” crown wouldn’t fit anymore, so…hussssshhh ๐Ÿ™‚

      • What’s this here? Someone trying to keep my awesome-ness from me? Naughty, naughty. Into the piranha pit! ๐Ÿ˜ก (Thanks Vordak, for the inspiration)

      • Muwahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa…foiled again! That is YOU are foiled again! I have an Anti-Shark/Piranha/Rogue-Denture-Biting Diving Suit (hot pink, btw—that alone will keep them away ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I’ve been dealing with Vordak the Incomprehensible for quite a while now. Know you are dealing with Donna the InconCEIVable! Hahaaaa!

      • And when I find the five-fingered woman who doesn’t use ‘inconceivable’ correctly, I will say ‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Curious…VERY curious! Wonder why your whole comment didn’t appear. After “Prepare to die” you wrote: โ€˜Get the Shark-Repellent, Robin!โ€™ (favorite line from an old Batman movie) ๐Ÿ˜†

        wonder why it doesn’t show on this site!

        Anyway!…I love that you know the old Batman stuff. I was a kid when the TV series aired every week. Between that and “The Monkees,” I was hooked! lol

        You’ve GOT to see these (if you haven’t already!) lol:

        I was only about 8 or 9 years old when this show was in full swing, and I LOVED them as a kid, but as an adult, I can now see how adults would LOVE them, only I never remember adults watching them! The humor is totally wasted on kids. All we saw was the adventure and drama! lol

      • YAY! I’m too awesome for words – and that’s coming from a writer – AWESOME!!! WOO!!!

      • This comment thread has been hysterical. I have a daughter who quotes Princess Bride and I just was explaining to her the fun of “The Monkees” the other day. Oh my goodness, I loved that show – and Batman. To this thread I say, “As you wish.”
        ~Cool Mom

      • InconCEIVable! “Take the last train to Clarksville and I’ll meet you at the station…” *hums*

      • Don’t you love when fun like this works its way into threads? I love it! Not that I need MORE to distract me! lol Did you watch the Batman clips? They literally have me cracking up, they are SO hilarious! I can’t imagine they didn’t have to do a LOT of takes while filming. I mean, how did they keep straight faces doing that?! LOL

      • We have a movie with that Batman ๐Ÿ™‚ There are tons of villains (Riddler, Penguin, Cat-Woman, and someone else). ๐Ÿ™‚ The shark is incredibly fake, so my family always jokes about the Shark Repellent. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Plus, they turn the UN into dust. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I think it is amusing why you identify with Andy. Nori’s power does sound wonderful and the book sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!
    ~CM for the Gang
    PS – Neighbor Girl and I are enjoying the snow on your blog. I told her it was too much time in Greenland. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I love it when you are really enthusiastic, Erik, it makes me want to go right out and buy the book.

  7. You are bouncing off the page Erik! I love it when the sequel is as good as or even better than the first book! Great review!

  8. Wow! Imagine being able to absorb knowledge from books without reading. That would save some time! Great review, as ever, Erik.

  9. I love when sequels are just as good or better! Yeah! This sounds fantastic and I have added it to my list, along with the first book in the series. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Tinker is a great name for magic and I had a school buddy called June Tinker. Cool review, Erik.

  11. I really like that name – Chase Tinker! And the story sounds pretty good as well!

  12. I love that they get their magical powers when they turn 10 & 1/2! Not 12 or 13… Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break. But I’ll bet you’re not too sorry to be back in school.

  13. Thanks so much for all your support, Mr. Awesome! I’m so happy you really liked my 2nd book. I just sent the third one “Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny” to my publisher so he can get it ready to go out into the world. And now to the Bat Cave to do more writing on the 4th and final book of the series. So exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I like it when book sequels are even better than the first book. Will check this one out. ๐Ÿ™‚


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