The House of the Spirits

The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits
By Isabel Allende (Mature Teen)

House of the Spirits is the debut novel by Isabel Allende and follows the lives of Clara and Rosa, beginning in Chili as children. Clara has a paranormal strength for reading the future. The pain of one of her predictions stops her from speaking for nine years until another prediction brings her the happiness to help her speak again. Will both sisters find happiness and true love or will the whispered family curse ruin everything?


Autobiographical, Foreign Cultural, Touch of Paranormal, Family Relationships, Coming of Age

Why this is a Good Book For Teenage Girl

The House of the Spirits is a good book for teenage girls because it tells the story of life’s tragedies overcome by strong will and love of family. Allende describes the childhood of two sisters, Clara and Rosa, with beauty and honesty. This is an excellent book for the teen who loves turbulent drama, romance, foreign culture and familial struggle and triumph.

About the Author

Isabel Allende is a Chilean, American writer and recognized as one of the world’s most well-known Spanish speaking writers. Her novels generally contain personal experiences, along with magical realism. She lives in California with her American husband and most of her family lives close by. Allende has received numerous awards for her novels as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters from San Francisco State University for her contribution to literature and humanitarian causes.