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The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom The Body Thief by Stephen Giles

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Ages and Pages: Middle Grade/240

Publishers Summary: And you thought your family was strange.
I am dying. . . I might get the chance to know you before death takes me…I would like you to be my guest at Sommerset. . .I have enclosed a check for $ 10,000. . . Should you accept my offer…
Uncle Silas has always been greedy, evil, insulting, and extremely rich! But a dying uncle with a vast fortune is definitely one worth getting to know. Even if it means spending 2 months on his secluded island home with a houseful of suspicious servants and a hungry pet crocodile.
But what is Uncle Silas really up to? Will Adele, Milo, and Isabella outlive Uncle Silas to inherit his money? And just who is that mysterious “guest” in his basement? Is it worth the money (or their lives) to stick around and find out?

This is the story of three very different very unique children and their devious Uncle’s attempts to manipulate them to his dying day. And it’s brilliant! Adele, Milo and Isabella are three cousins from completely different walks of life, though each of their families struggle to make ends meet and live as luxuriously as they wished they could. That is until they each receive a mysterious letter with $10,000 in it and an opportunity to inherit a fortune from their recluse Uncle, Silas Winterbottom. In a strange and surprising turn of events suddenly it’s the children who are fighting for their lives and not their dying Uncle.

Adele Fester-Winterbottom

One of the aspects of the book I loved the most was each of the backgrounds of the children. Though the book was short and concise, each child was well developed, had personality and character, and was extremely well-written. It was easy to imagine each child in their respective circumstances bidding (or not) for their Uncle’s favor. By far my favorite was Milo, a recently orphaned young boy whose parents were disposed of rather cruelly at the hands of Silas Winterbottom, and though he was not present for their deaths he certainly had a hand in them. Milo’s hard exterior and tough as nails personality is broken down only in situations when he’s under great stress. Milo’s the kind of kid you know won’t take no for an answer and will keep going/seeking long after the “treasure” has been found.

Milo Winterbottom

In addition to Milo, there are many other characters to know and either love or hate. Adele and Isabella, both cousins to Milo and both seeking for riches to take home to mom and dad. Unfortunately for Isabella, she’s been discovered and it’s only too long before the whole house finds out she’s truly a thief and a liar. Adele on the other hand is trusting to a fault. There are also the maids, butlers gardeners…you name it it was there. After some time with all the characters and the misguided accusations I began to think it reminded me of a combination of the game Clue and Lemony Snicket. A perfect blend of characters and mystery in one book.

Isabella Winterbottom

If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely adored The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom The Body Thief. Each of the characters in the story was amazing, from Adele to Thorn, Uncle Silas’ crocodile. In addition to that, the mystery and intrigue behind Uncle Silas’ motives were just enough to make the story a non-stop page turner. Quite literally I devoured the entire book in one evening, in a matter of a few hours. This new release by Stephen Giles is one you don’t want to miss, and I can hardly wait for the next installment with the Winterbottom children to see where their next adventure takes them!

Make sure to check back on Thursday when author, Stephen Giles stops by to chat a bit about The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom The Body Thief . We’ll also be hosting a giveaway for the book, so don’t miss it!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 and up.The perfect mystery! So well written that just about anyone could devour this delightful story in  a matter of hours.

For the Comments: What would you do if you suddenly inherited a large estate or millions of dollars?

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10 Responses to Book Review: The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom The Body Thief by Stephen Giles

  1. Stephanie says:

    Oh, I love the artwork in this! It reminds me of the Moomin books.

  2. This sounds so cute. I love the art too!

  3. carol says:

    Sounds like a great one for my daughter and I to read together. What would I do with a large estate or millions of dollars? To be honest, I’m not sure. If it were money I’d start by paying off debts, donating a bunch, quitting my job…

  4. Gina says:

    Sounds like a cross between House on Haunted Hill and Series of Unfortunate Events….but in a good way! And the drawings of the children….whimsical yet with a tinge of darkness, kind of like themselves from what I gather. Definitely seems like one to read….will have to check back for that interview!

    If I inherited millions of dollars…wow, now that’s a question one could lose friends over! JK! Let’s see….I’d pay off any/all debt (practical), take family on a vaca to end all vaca’s (fun side), purchase a nice but modest home in a place of my choosing (either up North or overseas), donate some to charity, and live sparingly off the rest in order to read read read! (Okay, hope that didn’t sound TOO greedy.) Thanks for sharing…and happy reading!

    • You got the book to a tee! It’s fun, but a little dark. A fantastic read! I’ve really loved it and can’t wait for the next in the series!

      Your list sounds just about on par with mine. And no, not greedy at all…they are books of course! 😉

  5. NotNessie says:

    This sounds awesome! I will definitely need to check it out at some point.

    If I inherited millions of dollars, I would probably do something very eccentric and ridiculous, like have my toilet paper monogrammed. That’s what rich people do, right? If I couldn’t do that, I’d really like to pay off the mortgages of everyone in my family, thus ensuring I will get the best Christmas presents EVER for the rest of my life.

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