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Midnight at the Barclay Hotel Kindle Edition
Read the novel that New York Times bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein calls, "My kind of mystery!"
When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he'd find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner's death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.
Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother's name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
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Featured on NPR's "Best of 2020" Middle Grade list
"My kind of mystery! Quirky, fast paced, and full of fun!" —Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series.
"A madcap mystery that I couldn’t put down!" —Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Scavenger series.
"Agatha Christie references abound, and the hotel setting shines. A quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery." —Kirkus Reviews
"A fast-paced, lightly spooky entrée to mystery fare." —Publishers Weekly
From the Author
This book really started with my love for mysteries, a love that was born long ago when I was about JJ, Penny and Emma's age. I was a very avid reader, but without a YA section (there wasn't one at the time), I moved from kids' books to the grown-up section pretty quickly. At the recommendation of a librarian, I read The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, and I've been hooked on mysteries ever since.
I wanted to write a mystery for kids that has some of the same ingredients of Agatha Christie's books: a good mystery, several suspects, and an interesting, closed-off setting. After visiting the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (of the famous The Shining movie), I knew I had all the ingredients for a fun--and spooky--mystery for kids.
What made the journey even better was the passion from my editor and everyone at Viking Children's to make the book the best it could be, and the illustrations from Xavier Bonet, which really brought the story to life. I'm really proud of this book, and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
All best in reading,
Fleur --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08274W8GS
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2020)
- Publication date : August 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 35125 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 311 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593202902
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #444,651 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Belle’s Middle Grade on October 6, 2020
J.J. Jacobson is obsessed with ghosts. When his mother receives an invitation to a deluxe weekend at the famous (infamous?) Barclay Hotel, he begs to go along. After all, the hotel is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in all of Colorado. It's a perfect chance for him to use his ghost-hunting equipment to prove that ghosts exist.
Penny's grandfather, Detective Walker (retired), is also invited. She convinces him to accept the invitation and take her along for the adventure. She doesn't believe in ghosts.
Emma lives at the Barclay. She can't wait for all the visitors to arrive. She's even more excited when two kids around her own age show up.
The three children are soon embroiled in a hunt for a murderer. Hijinks ensue, and twist and turns abound. Adults may anticipate a few of the twists, but most kids will be taken by surprise. In either case, this is a fun read with just enough scary moments to satisfy everyone.
By Debra Bokur on March 9, 2021
And what reader wouldn’t enjoy a book filled with engaging characters and secrets galore that takes place in a haunted house? What avid reader wouldn’t appreciate the library scenes and that reading and the ability to do research help unravel the mysteries of the Barclay Hotel?
If your motive is to have an enjoyable reading experience, then you have means and opportunity with this book.