Written by Patrick Carman

For Leo Fillmore, the Whippet Hotel is an unusual place to live and work. There are ducks who seem to know more than they let on, rooms that come alive when you walk into them, and lots of other secrets and secret passageways. After inheriting the hotel and creating such a masterpiece, the owner, Merganzer Whippet, mysteriously disappeared. Now with the anniversary of his disappearance coming up, the hotel begins falling apart almost as if someone is sabotaging it. With a lack of an owner, the manager is beginning to debate getting the right people to sell the hotel. Then a cryptic box appears, claiming to hold the keys to unlocking the hotel’s deepest secrets. Could these clues help to save Whippet Hotel or will the saboteur succeed in getting the hotel sold?

An action-packed adventure filled with Harry Potter-esque magic and mystery. The characters are unique and well-developed. The plot is intense, complex, and enthralling. Readers who like mystery, fantasy, adventure, and humor will enjoy this book.

Review by Jessica Moody, Olympus Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8


Written by Patrick Carman
Scholastic Press
261 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2011
ISBN: 9780545255196 (hardcover)

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