Hocus Pocus Hotel

Hocus Pocus Hotel

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by Michael Dahl, Lisa K. Weber
     
 

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The Abracadabra Hotel, built by and for magicians, has long been know to locals as the Hocus Pocus Hotel. Charlie Hitchcock has never stepped inside until Tyler Yu tells him to meet him there ...or else. As if the hotel's storied past isn't enough, it turns out that the place is inhabited by magicians, and while Charlie and Ty solve magical mysteries, the bully and

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The Abracadabra Hotel, built by and for magicians, has long been know to locals as the Hocus Pocus Hotel. Charlie Hitchcock has never stepped inside until Tyler Yu tells him to meet him there ...or else. As if the hotel's storied past isn't enough, it turns out that the place is inhabited by magicians, and while Charlie and Ty solve magical mysteries, the bully and the brain form an unlikely friendship.

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Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Today, at Blackstone Middle School, Charlie Hitchcock (a.k.a. Hitch) experiences the same event as so many unfortunate souls before him. He receives the dreaded summons from the school bully, the biggest boy in seventh grade: Tyler Yu. But when Hitch meets Ty in a back alley, he finds the boy does not want to use him as a punching bag; rather, he to make use of Charlie's famous detecting skills. Ty lives with his parents in the Abracadabra Hotel, a refuge for retired magicians. Ty has been planning to use his wages to buy his dream motorbike, but his prospects for doing so drop when a magician disappears before Ty can collect his rent money. Other odd and spooky happenings prompt this unlikely pair to form an investigative team. Ty's knowledge of the hotel layout and Hitch's acute visual memory combine with cryptic messages from the elevator operator to ensure success. The boys turn the hotel upside down and discover lots of magician's tricks as they investigate. Brightly-colored illustrations combine with Hitch's Sherlockian notes drawn in black-and-white are sure to appeal to the budding detective, who can use the diagrams to solve the mystery along with them. This delightfully funny and entertaining first volume will surely become a fan favorite. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Strange things are happening at the Abracadabra Hotel, an establishment that caters to magicians. A guest has gone missing, along with a host of bizarre, seemingly unrelated objects like shower curtains, bowling pins, and serving spoons. Lights flicker on and off, eerie sounds are heard, and shadows seen. Could the Abracadabra have a ghost? Seventh-grade bully Tyler Yu's parents work at the hotel, and Ty wants to get to the bottom of the mysteries. He secretly insists on the help of Charlie Hitchcock, a smart but small and nerdy classmate with a photographic memory. Together, the boys investigate the hotel from top to bottom, learning magicians' tricks as they move from one clue to the next. Full-color illustrations, many full page, and black-and-white diagrams show how each trick is done. They and Charlie's lists of clues should help young detectives solve the mysteries of the Abracadabra right along with the sleuths. A good start to a new series.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Ty Yu, one of the biggest bullies in middle school, recruits Charlie Hitchcock and his "acute visual memory" for a little detective work. There have been some mysterious occurrences at Ty's home, the Hocus Pocus Hotel, a residence for retired magicians. His plans to purchase a dirt bike, a "Tezuki Slamhammer 750, Edition 6, in cherry-pop lightning red," must wait when tenant Mr. Madagascar disappears, along with his rent payment. Brack, an employee with some surprises of his own, mentors the students as they connect the clues. Charlie's interests (his skillz at Sherlock Holmes Maximum Z serve him well) allow him to quickly summarize the information and bring tidy resolutions. The children's second case involves the identity of a local ghost. The first in a series, these two mysteries connect to a larger storyline as the hotel's performers prepare for their revival show. At times, exposition causes pacing to drag. "It was just that Tyler never showed he had brains while he was in school. At school, Tyler pretty much only showed off his big arms and fists." Digital art depicts Ty as a lanky teenager with slicked-back black hair and almond eyes; Charlie, with glasses and freckles, is significantly shorter. Drawings dissect the duo's major discoveries. With a touch of The Twilight Zone, it's the building and its guests that provide the eeriest entertainment. (Mystery. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434242532
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,461,101
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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