The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn

The Tilting House
Tom Llewellyn
Illustrations by Sarah Watts
Tricycle Press, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58246-288-2
FORMAT: Juvenile Fiction
3 Stars

This was one interesting book! (I really wanted to read it since it is set in Tacoma, which is only about 30 minutes from where I live.)

Josh and Aaron Peshik’s family move into a house that is very odd. For example, the floors are all slanted or “tilting”. They don’t know why. And there are strange words and scientific notes and equations that are written on the walls. Plus there is a talking rat and his family. Despite all these odd things, Josh and Aaron really want to stay in this house. Otherwise they would have to move back into a small apartment with their parents and grandpa…and after the luxury of having their own space that just won’t do.

But of course with all the oddities there are the mysteries as to why there are oddities. And Josh and Aaron need to solve them soon before things get any worse.

Like I said, interesting. I liked how each chapter felt like its own little vignette of a story. I liked how the house was loved despite all the odd characteristics. I liked the mysteries and the fantastical bits. I liked reading about places that I actually could picture (since I had been to Tacoma many times). But that being said…it was still a bit odd for me. I would read a chapter or two and then forget about the book for a couple of days. It didn’t pull me to finish it right away. Eventually I wanted to know how everything turned out and the mystery of why the house was how it was. But I didn’t have the “must read” feeling.

Book Discussion Questions:
What would you like about the Tilting House the most?
What type of animal would you like to talk to?
Why did Josh and Aaron get worried when the men with the list came by?
How did Josh and Aaron figure out what the writing on the wall meant?
What changed with Josh and Aaron’s relationship with their neighbor? They didn’t like her to begin with but then they were good friends at the end of the book.
Should Mr. Peshik have let the art museum keep the statue? Why or why not?

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