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    by Patrick Carman
    261 pages
    Reviewed by McKayla G.

    “This is the weirdest hotel ever,” said Remi.
    “That’s what you said about the last one.”
    “Yeah, but this time I really mean it.”
    They arrived at the opening of a narrow tunnel, which would require getting down on their knees. A creepy, slurping sound came from inside.
    “No way,” said Remi. Not gonna happen. Whatever’s in there is going to eat my face off.”
    “For crying out loud, Remi,” said Leo, sitting down in front of the opening and patting the ground. “Come on, sit down. Let’s just take a break and get back in the game.”
    Remi sat on the far side of Leo, away from the opening, and a spider the size of a tennis ball drifted down in front of his face. Remi was having some trouble breathing until Leo batted it away with his hand, and it went scurrying into the dark.
    “You’re a braver man than I am, “ said Remi. “I don’t know how you do it.”
    “I’ve been in here with Merganzer about a hundred times,” Leo offered. I am telling you, it’s all magical.”
    The first time I came in here, I came close to peeing in my pants.” (p. 174).

    Leo and Remi go on this exciting adventure to find out all the secrets of the Whippet Hotel and how Merganzer D. Whippett went missing. With the help of their friends, they can do anything, but when mean old nasty Ms. Sparks fires everyone, including Leo’s dad Clarence, they all panic, but Leo can possibly save the day.



    Notes to Teachers: This book is a great novel (3rd-7th grade). Both boys and girls should enjoy this book. It would also be good for students who like mysteries. This book is funny, mysterious, and is full of fun surprises!

    Suggestions for Possible Concepts: \Mystery, Strong Friendships, Family Bonds, and Adventure

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