Johnny Dixon (series)

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Johnny Dixon is a fictional character who appears in a series of children's gothic horror novels by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland. In each book, Johnny and his group of friends face and overcome various evil forces usually bent on ending the world.[1][2][3]

Novels in Johnny Dixon Series[edit]

The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983)[4][edit]

Dedication: "To Gerry, who knows about ushabtis."
Johnny Dixon is plunged into a terrifying mystery-adventure when he removes a blue figurine called an ushabi from church.

The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt (1983)[5][edit]

Dedication: "For Candice, a fellow writer and a good friend."
Twelve-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass look for the hidden will left by an eccentric cereal tycoon who wished to make life difficult for his heirs after his own death by suicide.

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull (1984)[6][edit]

No dedication
When Johnny Dixon takes a tiny skull from a haunted dollhouse, demonic forces are unleashed, capturing Professor Childermass and leading Johnny on a harrowing chase to a deserted island off the coast of Maine.

The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost (1985)[7][edit]

Dedication: "In memory of my grandfather John Monk."
While thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon lies dying, possessed by an evil spirit, his friends, an elderly professor and a schoolmate, try to find some way to free him.

The Eyes of the Killer Robot (1986)[8][edit]

No dedication
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon is put in jeopardy when he and Professor Childermass try to find a robot made many years ago by an evil wizard named Evaristus Sloan.

The Trolley to Yesterday (1989)[9][edit]

Dedication: "For Richard, Beth, and Toby. -- Nobody succeeds without help."
Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass discover a trolley, which transports them back to Constantinople in 1453 as the Turks are invading the Byzantine Empire.

The Chessmen of Doom (1989)[10][edit]

No dedication
Johnny Dixon, Fergie, and Professor Childermass comply with a strange will left by the professor’s brother, which requires them to spend the summer at a desolate estate where they encounter a madman bent on destroying the world.

The Secret of the Underground Room (1990)[11][edit]

Dedication: "To Lyla, a good friend in a difficult time."
When Father Higgins disappears, Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass discover disturbing clues which lead them to England and an encounter with a long-dead knight.

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (1994)[12][edit]

Dedication: "Thanks to Jeanne Sharp, reader and advisor. Thanks to those who helped: Gregory Nicoll, Steve Neshiem, Wendy Webb."
When thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass try to save the life of the elderly Dr. Coote, they find themselves facing the forces of a menacing voodoo cult.

The Hand of the Necromancer (1996)[13][edit]

Dedication: "In memory of Fred Johnson, a wonderful teacher, a wonderful friend."
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass battle an evil wizard for possession of a bewitched hand that can be used to rule the world.

The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder (1997)[14][edit]

Dedication: "For Jonathan Abucejo and Steve Ericson, defenders of the faith."
When Fergie falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer, Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass risk their own lives to save him.

The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (1999)[15][edit]

Dedication: "For Phyllis Fogelman."
When a malevolent creature tries to claim his father as its latest victim, thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass brave the netherworld itself to save him.

Novel Series Bibliography[edit]

# Title Month Year # Chapter # Page Author Illustrator
01 The Curse of the Blue Figurine May 1983 12 200 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
02 The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt Nov 1983 16 168 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
03 The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull Nov 1984 11 170 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
04 The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost Nov 1985 15 147 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
05 The Eyes of the Killer Robot Oct 1986 17 167 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
06 The Trolley to Yesterday Jul 1989 18 183 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
07 The Chessmen of Doom Nov 1989 16 155 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
08 The Secret of the Underground Room Mar 1990 13 127 John Bellairs Edward Gorey
09 The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie Sep 1994 15 153 Co-Authored Edward Gorey
10 The Hand of the Necromancer Sep 1996 18 168 Brad Strickland Edward Gorey
11 The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder Oct 1997 16 149 Brad Strickland Edward Gorey
12 The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost Sep 1999 15 166 Brad Strickland Edward Gorey

Author of "Co-Authored" denotes books outlined by John Bellairs, completed by Brad Strickland.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bell, Bob: "Bellairs' Book Fast-Paced Thriller", Edmonton Journal, November 12, 1986
  2. ^ "BookPicks: Kids' Books", Herald-Journal, May 12, 2004
  3. ^ Clendineng, Sarah: "What's Happening @ Your Library: Halloween Reads", Fort Madison Daily Democrat, October 24, 2007
  4. ^ Bellairs, John. The Curse of the Blue Figurine. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1983. ISBN 0803712650
  5. ^ Bellairs, John. The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1983. ISBN 0803700296
  6. ^ Bellairs, John. The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1984. ISBN 0803701209
  7. ^ Bellairs, John. The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1985. ISBN 0803701705
  8. ^ Bellairs, John. The Eyes of the Killer Robot. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1986. ISBN 0803703244
  9. ^ Bellairs, John. The Trolley to Yesterday. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989. ISBN 0803705816
  10. ^ Bellairs, John. The Chessmen of Doom. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989. ISBN 0803707509
  11. ^ Bellairs, John. The Secret of the Underground Room. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990. ISBN 0803708645
  12. ^ Bellairs, John. Completed by Brad Strickland. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994. ISBN 0803714629
  13. ^ Strickland, Brad. The Hand of the Necromancer. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996. ISBN 0803718292
  14. ^ Strickland, Brad. The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997. ISBN 0803718314
  15. ^ Strickland, Brad. The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999. ISBN 0803722222

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