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Fantasy Thrillers of Two Kinds, Teen/YA Fiction

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Dec 25, 2017, 11:28pm Top

So I've been on the hunt for a few books from my childhood for a while now, and I can't quite seem to track them down.

The first is a YA/Teen book that seems like a thriller-type story. A couple kids move into this big mansion, where they find out that it was once a site of ancient Egyptian cult practices. Part of the story ends up with them running from this unstoppable-like being in the shape of Anubis. The cover art is this brownish thriller style art with the kids and an imposing figure of Anubis on it. That's about as much as I can recall on it.

The second book is a fantasy fiction novel. I originally thought that this book was written by Brian Jacques. However, upon looking through his collected works, I cannot find it. The story follows a boy that gets wrapped up in some kind of extraterrestrial dealings, and ends up befriending a rather colorful cast of characters, as they run from the beings to try and find a way to stop them. Part of their adventures end up with them taking counsel inside the mouth of a giant frog. I believe I recall the cover art to be a boy being dragged along a set of castle stairs, with a amber light glow to it.

Both books might have been written around the 1990's-early 2000's, but I'm not certain. I believe both books were paperbacks.

If anyone could help me track down these books, I'd be most appreciative.

Dec 26, 2017, 11:11am Top

The first one might be The House on Hackman's Hill. I don't see an Anubis cover but the rest of your description could be a match.

Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 11:26am Top

That looks like it might be a match. Thank you very much. It does look like that it is indeed the one I'm looking for! I still need a name for the second book, but I deeply appreciate the progress.

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 11:29am Top

Suppose I'll bump this, since it's been several days, and I've been searching for the title for the second book, and still haven't found anything. Could still use some help.

Jan 1, 2018, 3:15pm Top

Bumping this again. I've got the info of the first book of the two here, being The House on Hackman's Hill, but I still don't have the name on the second book that was described here. I would be very appreciative if anyone could maybe help with this.

Jan 2, 2018, 11:48am Top

Something by Bruce Coville maybe? He wrote some really wild and fantastical children's stories around that time, mostly in a series about unicorns I think?

Edited: Jan 7, 2018, 3:11pm Top

That seems like we're on the right track, but his works don't seem to contain the book I'm looking for. This is a bumping message.

Jan 14, 2018, 7:14pm Top

Bumping this again, because I really would like some help on this second book.

Jan 19, 2018, 3:44pm Top

Bumping this again.

Jan 27, 2018, 11:02pm Top

Bumping this again. If this book is by Bruce Coville, then maybe someone can find it, because I've looked through his collected works and haven't found it on the second book. Maybe someone else can see it. Two authors I can think of on that second book are Brian Jacques and Bruce Coville, but not finding anything. Coville seems like the closest match though. Any help would be appreciated.

Jan 28, 2018, 3:09am Top

You really just need to sit back and wait. It is highly unlikely that a week later someone is miraculously going to come up with something new. Leave the thread alone for at least a month, if not two or more, then bump it, when it can potentially be seen by different people who maybe have fresh ideas.

Jan 28, 2018, 11:32pm Top

Fair enough. I'll give it more time. Thank you.

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 1:31am Top

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Jan 29, 2018, 6:27am Top

>13 Alicehatter529: You need to read the group directions and start your own thread.

Mar 31, 2018, 7:19pm Top

Figured I'd bump this to see if anyone could help figure this out at this point, seeing as it's been a couple months.

Apr 4, 2018, 3:14pm Top

Try Andre Norton. He sounds like what you're looking for.

Apr 4, 2018, 5:41pm Top

@16 = She, actually. Andre Norton is a she. :)

May 2, 2018, 10:58am Top

I can't find the book in question under her. Wow, this is a tough one to figure out.

Jul 3, 2018, 5:06pm Top

Hello, I just wanted to bump this topic again to see if I could viably get any assistance with this.

Jul 3, 2018, 7:01pm Top

Sorry, neither story is familiar to me.

Feb 16, 3:49pm Top

I'm bumping this topic, necro'd as it might be, as after all this time, I still have not been able to track down the second book that has been described here. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Feb 17, 8:25am Top

Maybe you are thinking of Coville's Goblins in the Castle? It takes place in Toad-in-a-Cage castle, and a description of the sequel that was recently published starts out with the sentence "The stone toad is back!" The 1992 cover is similar to your description. The boy isn't being dragged, but the rest seems to match.

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