Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 6.4
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Imagine that your parents have passed away and you have to live with an aunt and uncle that do not want you, you are poor and you have no friends. That is the life of Elizabeth Somers. So when she comes home from school for Christmas break and there is a note on the door, a bag of clothes, a bus ticket and $3, she is not quite sure what to think. Someone gave her aunt and uncle money to go on a trip and send her to hotel for three weeks. Elizabeth imagines the hotel to be a dump but when she arrives she finds the complete opposite. Winterhouse is an extravagantly luxurious hotel with meals served three times a day, they make their own famous candy, and they have a three-story library. Elizabeth even makes a friend her age, Freddy, who comes to Winterhouse every Christmas break while his parents go on vacation.
Elizabeth is in paradise, but not all is as it seems. The creepy man and woman who stared at her throughout the whole bus trip is staying at Winterhouse for the holiday season. They even bring in a coffin-sized box that they claim has books in it. Then when Elizabeth finds a mysterious book, strange things begin happening. There is a peculiar portrait in the gallery that has code that needs to be deciphered, the book has letters that appear each day (and only Elizabeth can see them), creepy stories of the Falls family, and maybe even a ghost. Can Elizabeth decipher the mysterious code and save Winterhouse, or will evil overtake the majestic hotel?
This book was absolutely incredible. From the very beginning it grabs hold of you and won't let go. It has just the right amount mystery to keep you turning page after page to see what happens next. This is a must read!! I am anxiously awaiting for book 2.
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