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The Chessmen of Doom

(1989)
(The eighth book in the Johnny Dixon series)
A novel by

 
 
Grade 4-6-- Professor Childermass and his young friends Johnny and Fergie are swept up in a madman's plot to rule the Earth in this latest addition to the series. Childermass stands to inherit his brother Peregrine's multimillion dollar estate, but only if he can stay on the estate all summer, plus interpret a cryptic rhyme. As usual, Bellairs salts the story with apparitions, vague warnings, deep forebodings, magic effects, tombs, corpses, and the like. The Bad Guy, Edmund Stallybrass, outwits Childermass and the boys at every turn, and finally locks them up in a burial vault and leaves them to die. Enter Crazy Annie, a local witch, who opens the vault, then in the climactic scene, confronts and kills Stallybrass in a wild play of spells and counterspells. Johnny, Fergie, and the professor don't have much to do here except rush about and explain to readers what's happening. The elements of plot and character are slapped together in an arbitrary, disjointed way that leaves plenty of unanswered questions and gaps in logic. A perfunctory outing from an author who has done much better in the past. --John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom (Johnny Dixon Mysteries)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 1-4395-1567-0 / 978-1-4395-1567-9 (USA edition)
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March 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Chessmen Of Doom (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-8335-6637-7 / 978-0-8335-6637-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: The Chessmen of Doom
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-8446-6579-7 / 978-0-8446-6579-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc
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November 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-8037-0750-9 / 978-0-8037-0750-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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November 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom (Johnny Dixon)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-8037-0729-0 / 978-0-8037-0729-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom (Johnny Dixon)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 1-4976-3772-4 / 978-1-4976-3772-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom (A Johnny Dixon Mystery: Book Seven)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 1-61756-348-X / 978-1-61756-348-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: e-reads.com
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March 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Chessmen of Doom (John Bellairs Mysteries)
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-14-130697-1 / 978-0-14-130697-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books
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April 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chessmen of Doom
Author(s): John Bellairs
ISBN: 0-553-15884-8 / 978-0-553-15884-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skylark
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom (Johnny Dixon Book 7)
Author(s): John Bellairs
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chessmen of Doom: Johnny Dixon Book 8
Author(s): John Bellairs
Publisher: Gateway
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