Ah, Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, or so they say. Me? I’m quite happy with *this* Friday the 13th because it’s my birthday! Not so lucky for Warren the 13th though…
Meet Warren the 13th. He’s the lone bellhop, valet, 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 treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye. But if Warren is going to find the hidden treasure, he’ll need to solve several other mysteries first: What is the strange creature lurking in the hotel boiler room? Who is the ghostly girl creeping around the garden’s hedge maze? And why is the hotel’s only guest covered in bandages?
This sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye begins soon after the first book’s conclusion. Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends—and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles.
I *loved* these two books. They’re aimed at middle grade, 8-12 year olds and are quirky, charming, with some gorgeously gothic illustrations, reminscent of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton. The stories bounce along and are great fun.
You can read a short story featuring our hero in this downloadable activity booklet, along with puzzles and a recipe for Chef Bunion’s Sugar Cookies. Enjoy!
Both Warren the 13th books are available now and are published by Quirk Books. Many thanks to Jamie for the sneak peek!