The Book: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio
The Blurb: Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
The Blabber: Warren, the 13th owner/operator of a grand Victorian hotel, has a problem. Actually, problems and they’re multiplying. Warren’s difficulties include being an orphan of only 13, having to defer to his lazy Uncle Rupert’s instructions regardless of their idiocrasy and most lately, trying to both avoid and watch his new Aunt Anaconda, who definitely has ulterior motives for Warren’s hotel. As Anaconda’s motives become clearer, so does the danger to the hotel and Warren himself as hordes of treasure-seekers descend on them. I chose this book hoping to find something to catch my 10-year-old’s attention, which I think I’ve done, although I’ll be sure to provide her the beautifully illustrated hard copy rather than the sometimes confusing ARC. Warren is charming, the villains are oh, so very villainous and the house and grounds are stars in their own rights. A delightful book.
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