John Bellairs' Johnny Dixon in The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder

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Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997 - Magic - 149 pages
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When Fergie takes a book from the library, little does he know that the book will put him under the spell of Jarmyn Thanatos, an evil sorcerer. As Fergie falls more and more under Thanatos' influence, he jeopardizes not only his own life, but also the lives of his friends Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass. Can Johnny and the professor save Fergie, or will they all perish under Thanatos' secret reign of terror?

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Brad Strickland has written or cowritten nearly sixty novels and about a hundred shorter works. Strickland also cowritten ten books in several series about Wishbone, Star Trek, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch. Strickland has been a professional writer since his first sale to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1966. His first SF novel, To Stand Beneath the Sun, was published in 1985. Twice Strickland has been named the Georgia Author of the Year for young readers. He is also a Professor of English at Gainesville College.

John Bellairs was born in Marshall, Michigan on January 17, 1938. He attended Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was a teacher. He went on to author fifteen graphic novels for young adults, one fantasy book "The Face in the Frost," and two other books. His works have been nominated for several awards in the past. Among those nominated for, he won the Utah Children's Fiction Book Award in 1981 for "The Letter, the Witch and the Ring" and the New York Times Outstanding Books of 1973 Award for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls." Bellairs died of cardiovascular disease, on March 8, 1991.

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