Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl

What do you do when the biggest guy in school gives you a note and tells you to meet him in the alley after school?  Charlies figures he doesn't have much of a choice, he goes to meet him and accept his doom.

Capstone Young Readers held a contest where I was able to snag a copy of this book (thank you).  It's available for sale now, so you can share the tale with your young one now.

First off, this has a touch of "Encyclopedia Brown" drama running through it.  Things are not always what they seem and Charlie can see through it because of his photographic memory.  We needed a new hero since Don Sobol is no longer around to carry along with E. B.

Another point in the story's favor (at least in my opinion) is that the hotel is a home for aged magicians.  The original owner has disappeared, there are ghosts and other odd happenings in empty hotel rooms, and it has the general feel of being haunted.

The note Charlie got was simply to set up a meeting with Tyler, who lives at the hotel.  He wanted Charlie's help in solving some mysteries within the Hocus Pocus Hotel.  Charlie is able to help, so Tyler invites him back again.

They maybe an unusual team, but they work together to find out just what/who is haunting the hotel and why.  The answer to that question is interesting and sets up the the premise for the next book in this series.

Here's the trailer for the book to tempt you further:  Hocus Pocus Hotel

If your child likes solving puzzles, this book will tickle them.  If they would like to learn about it, Charlies draws out his solutions and explains them.  You can't miss with this book.  Why not give it a read?

If you'd like to win my ARC, leave a comment here on my blog and email me at info at with your name and address and why you would like to read this book.

Happy reading.


ChristyJan said...

This sounds like a fun book to read and share with my grand kids.
I loved the E. B. series, and this will be a “magical” new one to enjoy.
Please enter me to win your ARC

Shan said...

I loved Encyclopedia Brown growing up, and this certainly sounds like a fun read. BUT would I show up having received a note like that? Not on your life!!