Author: N.D. Wilson
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
My Summary: When Henry's parents are kidnapped while on a biking trip, he is sent to live with his Aunt Dotty and his Uncle Frank, who live in the quiet little town in Kansas he is named for. Unused to having the freedom to do whatever he wants to, Henry begins to grow and break out of his shell - he tries baseball for the first time and makes friends with the other guys in town.
But one night, while he lays in his attic bedroom, Henry hears a scratching noise coming from the wall. Then suddenly two knobs break through the plaster and begin to turn.
Curious and a little frightened, Henry breaks off the plaster around the knobs, revealing a cupboard with two compass-style locks. He begins peeling away the plaster until he realizes the truth: the entire wall is covered in cupboard doors, each with its own combination. And what he discovers beyond those cupboard doors will change his life forever.
My Thoughts: I bought this book on a whim, and it was definitely a good idea! 100 Cupboards is a great book for kids (or teens, or adults!) who have always dreamed of finding a little bit of magic in their own houses.
Growing up in a small town, I could definitely relate to Henry and his cousin Henrietta - they were bored with their small-town lives, and hoped there was something more out there for them. I gotta say, there were times when I wished there were secret passages in my house :P
I really liked the author's writing style as well - it was full of imagery, making you feel like you were right there with Henry as he discovered the secret of the cupboards. Also, I loved the way the author revealed little bits and pieces of information and secrets that the characters were holding back. I can honestly say the only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars is because it took a while to build up to the reveal of the cupboard secret (nothing too long!).
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this one to kids 10+ and anyone who's looking for a great adventure series. And you know what else? I already bought the sequel! :)