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When Anthony Monday stumbles upon the diary of J.K. Borkman, he thinks he's unearthed a worthless piece of junk. But Borkman's mysterious writings turn out to be much more--plans to turn the world into an icy wasteland. By the time ghastly weather sets in and Anthony realizes it's Borkman's fanatical son who is bent on carrying out his father's horrific work, it may be too When Anthony Monday stumbles upon the diary of J.K. Borkman, he thinks he's unearthed a worthless piece of junk. But Borkman's mysterious writings turn out to be much more--plans to turn the world into an icy wasteland. By the time ghastly weather sets in and Anthony realizes it's Borkman's fanatical son who is bent on carrying out his father's horrific work, it may be too late to stop him.


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When Anthony Monday stumbles upon the diary of J.K. Borkman, he thinks he's unearthed a worthless piece of junk. But Borkman's mysterious writings turn out to be much more--plans to turn the world into an icy wasteland. By the time ghastly weather sets in and Anthony realizes it's Borkman's fanatical son who is bent on carrying out his father's horrific work, it may be too When Anthony Monday stumbles upon the diary of J.K. Borkman, he thinks he's unearthed a worthless piece of junk. But Borkman's mysterious writings turn out to be much more--plans to turn the world into an icy wasteland. By the time ghastly weather sets in and Anthony realizes it's Borkman's fanatical son who is bent on carrying out his father's horrific work, it may be too late to stop him.

30 review for The Dark Secret of Weatherend

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cardenas

    Re-read: January 2016 Just as fun, creepy, and awesome as I remember. :D

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cardenas

    This is the 6th time I've re-read this lol it's such a perfect spooky and fantastical winter read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    John Bellairs beats the pants off of the Da Vinci Code as far as the "collect the clues and figure out what the hell is going on" genre is concerned. Dan Brown should be ashamed of himself. He should also probably read this book to see how it should be done. I remember re-reading this probably once a year when I was younger, and still got creeped out each time I read it. With relics hidden in statues and seemingly out-of-control weather that seems to be signifying the end of the world... the John Bellairs beats the pants off of the Da Vinci Code as far as the "collect the clues and figure out what the hell is going on" genre is concerned. Dan Brown should be ashamed of himself. He should also probably read this book to see how it should be done. I remember re-reading this probably once a year when I was younger, and still got creeped out each time I read it. With relics hidden in statues and seemingly out-of-control weather that seems to be signifying the end of the world... the story still holds up. I still recommend this to parents looking for a good creepy YA book for their kid(s) at the bookstore.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Owen

    A satisfying sequel to the first book in the Anthony Monday series, The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn. I like this one a bit better. At first, I was unsure because it had supernatural elements and the first one didn't. I was hoping it wasn't because the first book wasn't successful so John Bellairs had to change his strategy, but he was pretty well-known for writing supernatural Gothic horror, so I think he knew what he was doing. And he did pull off the magical bits well. It wasn't too A satisfying sequel to the first book in the Anthony Monday series, The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn. I like this one a bit better. At first, I was unsure because it had supernatural elements and the first one didn't. I was hoping it wasn't because the first book wasn't successful so John Bellairs had to change his strategy, but he was pretty well-known for writing supernatural Gothic horror, so I think he knew what he was doing. And he did pull off the magical bits well. It wasn't too overbearing and it gave the story a creepy, dark tone which I liked. I'm starting to like Anthony and Miss Eells more. My only problem with this book was the ending. It is anticlimactic and I didn't like how everything was explained at the end. Miss Eells' brother explained everything, they were all happy, etc. It felt too juvenile. Speaking of juvenile, the name Weatherend. Weather end: the end of the world brought about by apocalyptic weather. Really? Overall, this was a quick read (I read it in about two hours). There are still two more books left in the series, and since I bought the last one for a dollar I might as well finish reading them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I think the Anthony Monday kept their intrigue for me because they were in many ways alien, and difficult for me to understand in elementary school--St. Cloud, Minnesota? Inheritances, saint's bones? The threat of the apocalypse?--yet still so chilling. I also really liked Ms. Ells.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    I had only a vague recollection of these John Bellairs books. So, it's nice to revisit them again. This one is interesting in that there's a bit of a transition from the first book which contained no magic whatsoever to this one, wherein the whole plot is based around magic. The one disappointment is that the riddles left behind are simply nonsensical to the general reading populace. So, unlike many great children's novels, we don't get the enjoyment from trying to solve the riddles along with I had only a vague recollection of these John Bellairs books. So, it's nice to revisit them again. This one is interesting in that there's a bit of a transition from the first book which contained no magic whatsoever to this one, wherein the whole plot is based around magic. The one disappointment is that the riddles left behind are simply nonsensical to the general reading populace. So, unlike many great children's novels, we don't get the enjoyment from trying to solve the riddles along with the characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alicia A.

    A little more sorcery, but still really good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I'm maybe not as big a fan of Anthony Monday as the other series, but a kooky old librarian is a fun companion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reece Smith

    I've read this one a couple of times now, but each reading feels like a new experience and I was happy to discover that this book is definitely one of Bellairs' best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    I picked this title up because it was listed as a read alike for the Harry Potter series. I disagree.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

    I recall reading these books from my school library when I was 8 or so (it would have been around 2006). I quite enjoyed them, but until recently I could not remember the name of them. By chance, while looking for books with illustrations by Edward Gorey, I happened to find this one, which happens to be the one that I remember the most clearly. At the time I hadn't heard of Gorey, so it was quite interesting to find that a book that I enjoyed as a child had art by my favourite artist. The main I recall reading these books from my school library when I was 8 or so (it would have been around 2006). I quite enjoyed them, but until recently I could not remember the name of them. By chance, while looking for books with illustrations by Edward Gorey, I happened to find this one, which happens to be the one that I remember the most clearly. At the time I hadn't heard of Gorey, so it was quite interesting to find that a book that I enjoyed as a child had art by my favourite artist. The main details I remember are the climactic scene during a blizzard, which I remember finding to be quite exciting, and oddly enough, the truck driver who constantly sings "My Name Is Yon Yonson". I also thought it was neat to read a book set somewhere that I had been (I live in Winnipeg, so Minnesota is only a day's drive away, making it the site of several childhood vacations). Incidentally, these books were probably my first encounter with the horror genre (unlike most people my age, I never read any Goosebumps books, I thought that they looked tacky and ridiculous, and wanted nothing to do with them), although I told my parents that they were "mysteries", because for some reason I thought that they wouldn't approve of me reading horror (looking back, I don't really know why I thought that, as there was a whole shelf of Stephen King and Clive Barker books at my house growing up). Unfortunately, I don't remember which other books I read by this author, but I will certainly have to look for these during my used book store trips. It's a shame that they don't write books like this any more, because I guarantee that this is better than 90% of all current YA fiction, since nowadays people seem to only write inane paranormal romance stories and highly derivative dystopias for that age group, which explains why I went directly onto adult fiction when I entered middle school.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin K. Rivers

    This is the second Anthony Monday book by John Bellairs, and unlike the first, which contains no supernatural elements, The Dark Secret of Weatherend brings Monday into Bellairs' more typical world of wizards and midwestern gothic magic. Like his other novels, this one is well written and charming. All of his books have an odd style - gothic supernatural elements set in the 1950's, set either in the Midwest (as with this book) or New England (the Johnny Dixon books). Compared to the others, This is the second Anthony Monday book by John Bellairs, and unlike the first, which contains no supernatural elements, The Dark Secret of Weatherend brings Monday into Bellairs' more typical world of wizards and midwestern gothic magic. Like his other novels, this one is well written and charming. All of his books have an odd style - gothic supernatural elements set in the 1950's, set either in the Midwest (as with this book) or New England (the Johnny Dixon books). Compared to the others, Weatherend has a unique and interesting plot, although the climax is a bit rushed. As a whole, the Anthony Monday books were not as popular as his other series, and you can see why with this one. Anthony's partner in crime, the elderly Miss Eels, does not have the depth of character and background to make as compelling a story as, say, Johnny Dixon's Prof. Childermass.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    It's great having Grandkids who are as into reading as I am! Recently our 9 year old granddaughter suggested I read this book and I am so GLAD that I did. It's a mystery that will keep you reading as you want to find out what happens next in each chapter. As she says, "it's so descriptive"! I found it along the lines of Indiana Jones and his adventures. The unlikely pair of a 14 year old boy named Anthony and Miss Eells, described as an elderly librarian (but I think she is only in her 60's and It's great having Grandkids who are as into reading as I am! Recently our 9 year old granddaughter suggested I read this book and I am so GLAD that I did. It's a mystery that will keep you reading as you want to find out what happens next in each chapter. As she says, "it's so descriptive"! I found it along the lines of Indiana Jones and his adventures. The unlikely pair of a 14 year old boy named Anthony and Miss Eells, described as an elderly librarian (but I think she is only in her 60's and right now I don't consider that elderly!) trying to solve a mystery happening in their town which could destroy it and all that they know. A thriller for sure and definitely worth a read! I will be looking for his other books as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    D.

    Another strong entry in Bellair's canon. The second Anthony Monday book is a departure from the previous one, as it has the addition of very strong supernatural elements. The interactions between the characters are fun. There was a little too much "deus ex machina" at the end, but it fits with the mood of the book. By now, the Bellairs books (This is the seventh in a row I've read!) have fallen into a bit of a routine, so I think I'll take a break for awhile -- I don't want to burn through them Another strong entry in Bellair's canon. The second Anthony Monday book is a departure from the previous one, as it has the addition of very strong supernatural elements. The interactions between the characters are fun. There was a little too much "deus ex machina" at the end, but it fits with the mood of the book. By now, the Bellairs books (This is the seventh in a row I've read!) have fallen into a bit of a routine, so I think I'll take a break for awhile -- I don't want to burn through them all too quickly!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Delightful! The characters make the story. I love the friendship between Anthony and Ms. Eells. And I love how Bellairs isn't afraid to portray real evil in his stories. "Horror" for kids has been watered down in the last 20 years or so. And it's a shame because kids like to be scared, and without good kidlit to scare them, they'll often find themselves drifting into teen and adult horror territory which they might not be ready for yet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sem

    March 2011:Who knew that Duluth was such a hotbed of sorcerous skulduggery? For reasons which I've never quite been able to put my finger on, Bellairs has always been my comfort reading of choice. This isn't one of his very best but since there are so few in the Anthony Monday series I thought I'd start my re-read with it. December 2016: One of my snowy weather re-reads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Day

    The Anthony Monday books are refashioned in this edition to be more like the Johnny Dixon adventures, though these characters are not as cleverly conceived as Johnny and Professor Childermass. Still, there are some nicely spooky moments here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Gothic-style novel for young readers. Good, but resolves a little conveniently. I generally feel that if you need an additional chapter after the climax to explain to the protagonist (and the reader) what happened, how, and why, you've not done the job properly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natlukens

    This book was much more spooky and fun than the previous volume in the Anthony Monday series. I enjoy the way Bellairs writes mystery and magic for young ages, very different from most other fantasy/horror I've read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    3 STARS "Fourteen-year-old Anthony Monday of Hoosac, Minnesota, and his friend Miss Eells, the Hoosac librarian, try to stop an evil wizard from turning the world into an icy wasteland." (From Amazon) A great mystery paranormal children's novel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I pretty much love anything by John Bellairs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marjanne

    The second in the Anthoy Monday series. I liked this one a lot better than the first one. It was a plesant surprise.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    One of my favourite John Bellairs books, with a nice scary adventure and a very evil, unearthly villain.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Decent. Better than some of the Lewis Barnavelt ones.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Langdon

    Great Suspense/Thriller for Young Readers

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A bit of a slow burn, but I made Jeff read aloud for two hours the other night so we could get to the climactic end, which involves the blood of Jesus. Correct, the blood of Jesus.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Never, never, never read books by Bellairs after dark. They scare me to shivers. Always finish them before it becomes dusk or you will stay up all night afraid.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leaflet

    Wild stuff. And most of it happens in Duluth.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Decidedly creepy juvenile gothic about Anthony Monday and Miss Eells, a decrepit estate, and a plot to end the world with the weather.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hawthorn

    Another childhood favorite that I enjoyed re-reading as an adult. I read lots of Bellairs as a young person but this one in particular stood out.

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