Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 272 pages
Setting: the Whippet Hotel, a fictional hotel in NYC, present day
Interest: It was an audio book available from the library that sounded relatively interesting to the family to listen to on any long drives.
Summary: The Whippet Hotel is not your average hotel. Only the most wealthy can stay, and each room is unique – everything from a cupcake room to a pinball room to a train room. The owner of the hotel, Merganser, has been missing for 100 days, which starts a series of events in the hotel. Leo, the son of the janitor and all around helper in the hotel, finds a box in the duck elevator which promises a puzzle to solve for great reward. Leo has to solve the puzzle of that box and three others, with the help of the residents ducks and Remi, the new boy manning the door.
Final thoughts: A fun story. I enjoyed all the different rooms in the Whippet and the puzzles Leo and Remi had to solve. I couldn’t decide which room I would like to stay in if I could – certainly not the cave room with the cave slugs and spiders. Thank you anyways. It’s not the same quality as Harry Potter or even 39 Clues, but it kept us all happily occupied on several drives. It ultimately has a Willy Wonka vibe.
The audio quality was quite enjoyable, although the reader’s version of a boy was only OK.
Title comes from: Each floor (including the secret, in between floors) was unique and Leo and Remi had to figure out how to access the secret rooms.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this was an audio book
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