Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder
Strickland, Brad, Bellairs, John
One dark, drippy day, when Byron "Fergie" Ferguson gets bored, he wonders what the last book in the library is. What he finds past the last set of shelves is a battered black cover with the Dewey decimal number 99.99S and a title as red as blood—The Book of True Wishes by Jarmyn Thanatos.Even though Fergie is a good kid, he steals the book, setting off a chain of sinister events that threaten not only his life but the lives of his friends Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass as well. Soon, Fergie is under the control of Thanatos, a mad sorcerer who has been putting children under his spell for the past three hundred years. Can Johnny and the professor break Fergie's deepening trance in time to stop Thanatos and his dangerous march toward maniacal immortality?This eleventh book in the Johnny Dixon series will hold readers spellbound until the final page.