The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder is the eleventh book in the Johnny Dixon series, and the second overall book written entirely by Brad Strickland.


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Main article: Johnny Dixon series characters




"One 'tidbit' of Bellairs's that was eventually used was something the late author once mentioned to an editor: Anthony Monday's best friend would check out the last book in the library, which would turn out to be a magical item that would enslave and possess him. I proposed The Last Book in the Library as an Anthony Monday title, but Dial didn't want any new Anthony books. There were, admittedly, problems: a new character, Anthony's best (and young) friend would have to be created, and made so sympathetic that the reader would feel genuine suspense. Eventually, it hit me that the book might be done as a Johnny and Fergie story, and it became The Bell, the Book, and the Spellbinder.[1]"


For Jonathan Abucejo and Steve Ericson, defenders of the faith.
"Brad had mentioned it to Steve Ericson and me several months beforehand, and after the book was out, I went and snatched up all of the copies at every Barnes and Noble and Borders that I could. I'd pay for them with my credit card, and during the transaction I'd say to the cashier 'wanna see something cool' and then show them the dedication and my ID at the same time. I gave them away to friends and family later. It still boggles my mind. It'll never happen again to me I'm sure, so it definitely was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.[2]"

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  1. Correspondence with Brad Strickland.
  2. Correspondence with Jonathan Abucejo (2001).
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