Published November 24th 2015 by Quirk Books
Synopsis: Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?
This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
My Review: Warren the 13th is a twelve year old orphan and heir to his family’s hotel business. He is being raised by his Uncle Rupert, who recently married his Aunt Anaconda. Right now he is the sole bellhop, handyman, exterminator, room-service valet, and all-around errand boy. I see this book as a magical fairytale for middle grade students. Aunt Anaconda is the evil step-mother who is also a witch. Warren is the mistreated and enslaved step-child. There is a magic item that everyone wants, especially Aunt Anaconda. She is tearing apart the hotel looking for the “All-Seeing Eye.” Warren does not even know what it is or if it exists. This is a fun story with some riddles, bad guys, monsters who turn out to be friends and a surprise ending. The illustrations are great! There’s one on almost every page, done in black, white & red. They really enhance the story. The characters are multi-faceted and I certainly hope there are more adventures for Warren, Petula, Sketchy, Uncle Rupert and the rest of the hotel staff. I recommend this book for public, school, class and home libraries. It will definitely engage those reluctant readers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.