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Every Thursday, the aim is to promote the brilliant middle grade books we all love so much! There are a few steps needed to participate…

Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.

Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence from that page. Choose three words to describe the book. Share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

I have recommended some firm favourites and through reading other blogs, have added a considerable number of books to my TBR pile. It is getting harder to decide which to highlight each week as there are so many brilliant books, authors and illustrators I want to shout about.

Written by Ben Guterson, Illustrations by Chloe Bristol
Published by Square Fish, An Imprint of Macmillan

This book in Three Words! Puzzles, Family, Secrets

Page 11- Favourite Sentence– “She especially loved anagrams, and had already mentally rearranged the letters on the advertising sign at the front of the bus- Fred Daul Transport- to Dreadful Torn Parts”

I discovered this series of books while browsing bookstores in Canada last summer. Immediately drawn to the cover and the following words on the cover; “A lavish hotel, A family secret, A book of puzzles and a veil of magic…”- It was an instant buy and I have since bought the 2nd and will buy the third as well.

Elizabeth is an orphan living with Aunt Purdy and Uncle Burlap. She is shipped off, alone, to the Winterhouse Hotel. Once there, she discovers the hotel is charming, full of a huge library, kind people and puzzles to solve. As she learns about the hotel and its secrets, she discovers a deep connection to the hotel and its mysterious owner, Norbridge Falls.

I loved this book and discovering the secrets of Elizabeth, Norbridge and the hotel!!

I highly recommend the entire series!


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