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Posted November 9, 2012
Charlie (aka Hitch who's a huge geek) received a note from a school bully named Ty to meet him after school. Whoever gets a note from Ty to meet him ends up getting beaten. Sadly, Charlie had no choice but to go. Once he gets to the destination, it becomes apparent that Ty isn't going to beat him up. Instead, he needs Charlie’s help. There are mysteries to be solved at his parent’s hotel called The Abracadabra and he needs Charlie because of his amazing memory (he literally remembers what he sees!)... If I were to have a talent, that would be on my list. They set off on what promises to be a fun adventure. Along the way, a friendship forms between them and the character development to get to that point is very intriguing.
Just because this book is aimed for younger children doesn't mean it's ONLY for that age group. I think any age would enjoy this story. It has magic, riddles, and illustrations done by the lovely Lisa K. Weber to show how some magic acts are actually completed. They're very complex tricks so it's not something children can perform at home. The secondary characters are fun to read and add to the creative plot. What's different is that there are two mysteries to be solved, not one. Thankfully, they don't overlap each other too much, so it's not confusing and the plot stays on course. I definitely recommend this book to middle graders and up. It's very cute and easy to read... a nice book for a gift.
Posted August 14, 2012
I really enjoyed this middle grade book by Michael Dahl, it's the first book I have read from him and I now can't wait to read Troll Hunter the next book I have from this author to read. Hocus Pocus Hotel is very easy to read and has a great flow to it that I think a lot of young readers will love. The illustrations in this book are great and really bring the story to life.
The book starts out with Charlie thinking he is going has to fight the school bully Ty, because he has a note telling him to meet him after school. When he gets to the place he finds out that Ty just wants his help solving a mystery and because he knows that Charlie aka Hitch, as a photogenic mind and can remember everything he sees.
Together they solve two different mysteries in the hotel and Charlie figures something out on his own, but together they sort of form a unlikely friendship.
The book is about mysteries and magicians and filled with cool magic tricks and little diagrams that show you just how the tricks work so it's easy to picture in your mind. My favorite character is Mr. Brack the elevator operator he is mysterious and fun.
It was fun, mysterious and I think boys and girls who love to read will both enjoy this book. I would definitely recommend this book.
Stay tuned because in October I am giving away a copy of this book and Troll Hunter, from the publicist!
Posted October 30, 2012
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