Waiting on Wednesday #49: ‘House of Secrets’ by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


House of Secrets

Chris Columbus and  Ned Vizzini

House of Secrets #1

Publication Date:
April 23rd, 2013

Balzer + Bray

Hardcover, 490 pages

The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression.

Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.

Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.


That cover alone would have made me pick up this one. And yes that’s Chris Columbus the director of Home Alone and the Harry Potter movies 1 and 2. I’m interested to see if he can write a novel as well as he can direct.

What do you think about my pick for this week?


  1. Jay @Vailia's Page Turner

    June 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Okay, so even though this already came out I never noticed it until here. The cover caught my eye. so now I have to see if my library has it. 🙂

  2. amy lovell

    April 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    my daughter would love this book!

  3. Ned Vizzini

    December 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Yes, Tiff, as the co-author of this book, I can tell you, it’s MG

  4. Jennifer k

    December 14, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Very interesting to see Chris Columbus co-writing a book. Not sure if it will be my cup of tea. But interesting.

  5. Melissa

    December 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    The picture on that cover totally sold me!

  6. Braiden @ Book Probe

    December 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I looked at the cover and I was like, OH MY I WANT I WANT I WANT. And then I saw that it was Chris Columbus’s, Harry Potter director, and since I knew that he was coming out with a book, I had no idea it was going to look this GOOD!

    I sincerely can’t wait to see how this is.

  7. roro @roro is reading

    December 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM


  8. Ange/Libby Blog

    December 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I haven’t heard of this one yet…nice pick! Happy reading!

  9. Cyn

    December 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    This looks like such a cute book and yes the cover!! So fantastic. Great pick and thanks for spotlighting it (:

    Here’s my WoW at Bookmunchies.

  10. Sarah O

    December 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    So is this MG? I want to say yes, just from the cover, which is really great but has a distinctly younger feel to it. I’ll be interested to read the reviews of this when it’s released.

  11. Jaime Lester

    December 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    I had seen this title for a few times, and passed over it. UNTIL, that is, I saw the cover on your Home page. It is one of the best freakin covers this year. I love it. And it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it now.

  12. Crystal

    December 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    This looks like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing =)

    Our WoW for the week =)

  13. brandileigh2003

    December 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    That is an awesome cover, lots of detail.
    Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  14. Inky

    December 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    HAven’t seen this one before but it looks awesome!! I’ll have to look into it! Happy Wednesday Giselle!
    Stop by MY WOW?
    XOXO, Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

  15. Kar

    December 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Wow! Interesting… Let’s see if Columbus can write as well as direct! The cover is gorgeous and it sounds really promising! I hope it meet the expectations!
    Thanks for sharing!

    If you like, check out my WoW!

    Have a nice day!
    Kar @ Pause Time

  16. kate

    December 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Great choice, I can’t wait for this one either!

    my WOW and international giveaway

  17. Erika

    December 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    What a pretty cover! Great pick.

  18. Alicia Coleman

    December 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    This sounds like a great read. Nice pick! Here’s my WOW

  19. Kristin@ Blood,Sweat and Books

    December 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Oh this sounds good and a book I can read as well as the kiddos.

    My WoW

  20. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    December 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Interesting – I’m very interested to see how Ned Vizzini’s fantasy writing compares with his very contemporary “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” – great pick! Is it MG?

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