Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery by Michael Dahl

The Thirteenth MysteryThe Thirteenth Mystery by Michael Dahl

Abracadabra, the founder of the Hocus Pocus Hotel has vanished! Charlie Hitchcock and Tyler Yu team up again to solve this mystery and find their friend. As the boys continue to search for clues, and as Annie Solo, a desk clerk at the hotel, helps them out, the last thing they expect happens. Tyler vanishes. But Charlie has reason to believe that a mysterious thirteenth floor exists in the old hotel…

For ages 9-12. Final book in the Hocus Pocus Hotel trilogy.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this book. In the realm of younger audience/middle grade fiction, there have been a lot of disappointments this last year but I am pleased to say this is certainly not one of them.

Here is what I loved about this book:

Charlie, the self proclaimed “biggest nerd in school” has a strong narrator’s voice that I think children will no doubt be able to identify with. He is smart and funny and his observations help the reader to uncover the proper clues to the mysteries at hand. The supporting characters are well written, each with a unique personality that really shines through in their actions.

The chapters are short and often broken up by full page illustrations that go hand in hand with what is happening in the story. The illustrations are well done and match the descriptions of the characters in the book.

There are many clever names in this story and they made me stop and smile on multiple occasions.

This book has loads of magic and mystery and for all those children who are interested in how magic works, this book will thrill them. The story is appropriate for a young audience and exciting enough to keep your child turning pages.

overall, this was a fun read even for an adult and I think kids will love it. You should check out this series.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.

14 thoughts on “Hocus Pocus Hotel: The Thirteenth Mystery by Michael Dahl”

  1. Having been one of the biggest nerds in school myself, it is nice to hear of a story narrated by a kindred spirit. I quite enjoy reading stories intended for a younger audience as they allow a sense of pure escapism, whilst generally being quick and easy reads. Sounds like a fun book to read with the children.


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