Floors

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Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected ...

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Overview

Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Carman (the Skeleton Creek series) delivers a madcap mystery reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Ellen Raskin, complete with bizarre inventions, a mystery involving a missing billionaire and his fortune, and even a crazy elevator or two. At New York City's Whippet Hotel, guests stay in rooms like the Pinball Machine—featuring giant flippers, bumpers, and pinballs—and the Central Park Room, an exact reproduction of the famed park. When Leo Fillmore, the 10-year-old son of the hotel's maintenance man and himself an assistant maintenance crew member, discovers a mysterious purple box while walking the hotel's ducks, he embarks on a mystery that has him sneaking into hidden rooms, evading a pesky six-year-old and other guests, and riding a train through a tunnel of fire. With the help of his friend Remi and a tiny, talkative robot named Blop, Leo discovers more boxes and more mysteries while trying to avoid running afoul of the hotel's shrewish manager, Ms. Sparks. Sparks, a one-note nemesis, is one of the book's rare sour notes, but Carman delivers so much fun that readers aren't likely to notice. Ages 9–12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The many floors of New York City's Whippet Hotel, creation of eccentric billionaire Merganzer D. Whippet, are filled with quirky rooms (the Pinball Machine, the Cake Room, the Robot Room), wacky inventions (the Double Helix elevator), and most of all, Merganzer's beloved ducks. But now Merganzer D. Whippet has mysteriously disappeared, and ten-year-old Leo Filmore has his hands full with helping his dad, the hotel's tireless maintenance man, deal with a series of disasters that suggest that somebody somehow is trying to sabotage the legendary hotel. Then Leo himself is sent on a bizarre quest to find four hidden boxes over the course of four days, each one containing cryptic rhyming instructions for what he must do to save the hotel from impending destruction. Meanwhile, the hotel is being surreptitiously surveyed by lurking Bernard Frescobaldi, who pores over Merganzer Whippet's private papers for clues to help him execute what seems to be a most nefarious scheme. Young Leo is a likeable hero, and it's a treat to spend time in the fascinating hallways of the Whippet Hotel. But few books have ever been so shamelessly manipulative of the reader in a way that amounts to outright deception. When readers discover why exactly Leo has been sent on his strange treasure hunt, and what exactly shadowy Bernard Frescobaldi is up to, they are likely to feel enraged by a massive authorial cheat rather than satisfied by Leo's ultimate success in his mission. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Designed and built by Merganzer D. Whippet, duck-obsessed billionaire inventor, and filled with secret rooms and wacky inventions (some dangerous), the Whippet Hotel in New York is a place unlike any other. Only the most elite and eccentric dare stay there. It is the only home that Leo, the 10-year-old son of the maintenance man, has ever known. Lately, something is amiss. Merganzer has disappeared without a trace, and the hotel is falling apart. Is someone trying to sabotage it, or is there some other reason that everything seems to be breaking down at once? Following a series of mysterious clues left in boxes he comes upon, leading him to even more mysterious hidden rooms, Leo uncovers the truth, and he learns he is much more important to the hotel's future than he could have imagined. This story will tug at the imagination of any readers with a healthy appetite for adventure. Even reluctant readers will delight in Leo's escapades.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Here is the Whippet Hotel, a very strange place: Each of its floors has its own eccentric personality, especially the hidden ones.

Carman has not only created a beguiling building but populated it with a sympathetic company of oddfellows, plus a few nefarious creatures (except the ducks, because, as readers are told, " 'Always bring a duck.' Words to live by." Readers will come to feel totally invested in the hotel, just as they will come to love Leo, the maintenance man's 10-year-old son, in whose hands the fate of the rickety old joint rests when four strange boxes arrive. Cryptic utterances—"A flying goat will be of use"—are fun because there's always at least a sideways understanding of what it might mean, and there are clues that the reader can follow like breadcrumbs to the last, cheering pages. But it is the atmosphere that takes over, whether it is as heart-gladdening as when "the coffeepot filled the basement with the rich smell of morning," or as curious as one of those ducks, whose "breath smelled like daffodils." ("You've been eating the flowers on the grounds again, haven't you?" Leo asked.)

The author is a fine storyteller; he rides the mystery right up to the edge invests his characters with quirks that aren't merely cute but essential to the person's identity. (Magical adventure. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2000003978380
  • Manufacturer: Scholastic Audio
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of the Land of Elyon series, as well as the Elliot’s Park series, the Skeleton Creek series, and the Atherton series. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Wohoo!

    Really great book i highly reccomend it to 4th, 5th and 6th graders

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Awesome

    I read this book twice and finished it in two days. Thats how gret this book is so get it or I will find you and slap you. Just Kidding!

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Gret book

    Lots of quirky rooms and strange inventions, great adventures, and a good ending to explain it all.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Good

    This book is a good book for kids. Leo and his friend Remi go on many adventures. There is a suprise waiting to happen!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Wonderful Read

    This is, in one word, amazing. Good characters, good plot twists, everything is great! However, it was a bit confusing at some points, but still worth your money. Five stars!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Good book

    This was a good book. It's not horrible but it's not great either. I still don't get the whole ducks thing. Sometimes I had to stop and think about what the author was trying to describe, way too much detail I think. Overall it was good. I like the cover, if that counts for anything.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Inspiring!!!

    I absoulotly loved this book!!!! The plot is well laid out and characters are well described! Read in 3 or less days!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Perfect for kids ten and up P.S. please awnser the question

    I could never put this book down! Leo is a great guy and i am sort of in love with him. Does any one know if there is a secont book in this series? Awnser as soon as possible.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Must read.

    This was an awesome book. It was full of adventure. Action packed. Every floor I think is amazing. Mr. Wippet's rooms. You didnt know what was going to happen next. I am going to read the next one soon.























































































































































































































































    Not even close.














































































    2926 more characters remaining




















    BYE


    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Boring

    This book puts me to sleep at night and its really high pirced
    Go for carl hassian

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Floors

    Awesome book. It's a perfect mixture of adventure and mystery. My two favorites!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Buy this book! Now!

    An amazing book! It was the best book I have ever read! If you don't like it in the begining just keep reading and it turns out great. Phenominal!


    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Great book. No other words to describe it.

    GREAT

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    Couldn't put it down

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great book fantastic

    Great wouldnt change a thing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Page tuner

    Couldnt put it down! When is book two coming out?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Floors

    Floors is very good even though I am 6% through.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Totally awesome!

    Really quirky and funny and unexpected. New things poping up left and right.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Awsome

    This book is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    rhu THIS IS A MUST BUY BOOK

    I love thus book. It was worth every penny. It has lots of suspense and action. Not only that but it is a sunshine state book.

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