An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut―the first book in a trilogy―set in a magical hotel full of secrets.

Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms―most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to car for, and even Winterhouse itself?

Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on January 2, 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 1250123887
ISBN-13: 9781250123886
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  • lotte_parker667
    lotte_parker667Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm55 starsFeatured
    If I could give this book 6 stars, I totally would! This book was so fun and mysterious! The code that I learned from this book is very cool, and I'm actually going to tell all of my friends about it too! The main characters, Elizabeth and Freddy were codemasters and made word ladders and anagrams, which were really fun to read about. Ben Guterson really mastered the art of pulling a reader into a book and making it seem that they were really at Winterhouse with the characters. The ending was really surprising, and I really want to know what happens in the next book. I'm sure that I'll love that one too! Have fun reading this awesome book! It was Bear-y good! ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ ~ Lotte Parker
    • lotte_parker667
      lotte_parker667Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:13 am55 starsFeatured
      If I could give this book 6 stars, I totally would! This book was so fun and mysterious! The code that I learned from this book is very cool, and I'm actually going to tell all of my friends about it too! The main characters, Elizabeth and Freddy were codemasters and made word ladders and anagrams, which were really fun to read about. Ben Guterson really mastered the art of pulling a reader into a book and making it seem that they were really at Winterhouse with the characters. The ending was really surprising, and I really want to know what happens in the next book. I'm sure that I'll love that one too! Have fun reading this awesome book! It was Bear-y good! ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ ~ Lotte Parker

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