Hope Dalvay Shares Her Favourite Read from our #GiftAtlantic Collection
Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve
Are you at your wits’ end trying to find a novel for the middle schoolers on your holiday list? Well, I have just the book recommendation for you!
What’s that you say? Those middle schoolers on your list are rather fussy, I mean, discerning about what they read. (By the way, that’s code for they refuse to read anything b-o-r-i-n-g.)
With that in mind, I wholeheartedly recommend Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve, a middle-grade novel by Nova Scotia’s Richard Levangie. The very fact that the word “secrets” is in the title signals that it is indeed the opposite of boring.
The novel begins with 13-year-old Jacob Jollimore having the worst summer of his life. He and his family are renovating a crumbling old hotel in the hopes they can flip it.
However, time and money are quickly running out, and they may lose everything. The discovery of a hundred-year-old letter during renovations sets Jacob on a treasure hunt within the hotel, which may just reverse their misfortunes.
Readers will enjoy attempting to decipher the clues along with Jacob as he races to solve them in time to save the hotel. I confess that the clues had me stumped, but I enjoyed the challenge nonetheless!
Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve, with its intriguing mystery and exploration of what it means to be a family, is sure to delight readers, both young and those young at heart.
Hope Dalvay also has a book for young readers in our #GiftAtlantic collection, My Year as a Space Cadet.