Who is Warren the 13th?
Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?
The first volume in a delightful new series, this middle grade adventure features an oversized hardcover format, gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page, and a lavish two-column turn-of-the-century design. We guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like it!
Meet the Characters
Warren the 13th
Warren the 13th is twelve years old and heir to The Warren hotel. Unfortunately, the place isn't quite what it used to be - not since his lazy uncle Rupert took over- but that doesn't stop Warren from trying his best to keep his family's legacy alive and well. He's hardworking and takes pride in his chores, though he often daydreams about seeing the world. A clever boy, he enjoys drawing in sketchbook when he's not running around cleaning and fixing things.
Warren's aunt Annaconda is the newlywed wife of uncle Rupert who thinks she's the most wonderful person in the world. But Warren knows better. The truth is, Annaconda is a cruel and horrible woman who is obsessed with finding a treasure known as the "All-Seeing-Eye", and she's convinced it's hidden in the hotel somewhere.
Warren's uncle Rupert took over the hotel's management when Warren's dad passed away five years ago and is charge of things until Warren comes of age. Unfortunately, Rupert is extremely lazy, and the hotel has fallen into disrepair under his watch. It doesn't help that he's hopelessly and ridiculously besotted with his new wife, Annaconda. He adores her so much, he doesn't have a clue what's truly going on behind the scenes.
Who is the mysterious stranger that shows up as the hotel's first guest in years? That's what Warren would like to know! It's strange enough that Paleface is covered in bandages and only communicates via flash cards, but Warren thinks Paleface is also acting rather suspicious. What is he up to?
Mr. Friggs is a longtime guest of the hotel and the only one who didn't pack his bags and leave when Rupert took over the hotel. He spends most of his time in the library buried in books. He also serves as Warren's tutor, and teaches him about the outside world that Warren is so curious about.
Petula is a mysterious girl who shows up at the hotel and befriends Warren. He's excited to have a friend his own age, but little does he know, she's working for someone else...
Sketchy is a monster that lives in the hotel's boiler room. He can have a bit of a temper, but he's easily placated by cookies and art.
Chef Bunion has worked as the hotel cook since before Warren was born. His passion is food and he can be found in the kitchen where he's forever concocting creative and delicious meals - despite the fact that the hotel is practically vacant. He likes to spoil Warren with food when aunt Annaconda isn't looking, and he's known for his signature recipe - his delicious pudding cookies!
The New York Times
“An engaging mystery to unravel...Warren and his hotel has a distinctly Victorian feel, peppered with elements of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey." - The New York Times Book Review
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“Just the ticket for fans of Unfortunate Events in dim corridors and murky subterranean chambers.”—Kirkus Reviews
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“An adventure with echoes of classic children’s titles like Raskin’s The Westing Game and Dahl’s The Witches...Stylish, exciting, funny, and just slightly macabre, this entertaining novel bodes well for Warren’s future adventures." -Publisher's Weekly
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School Library Journal *Starred Review*
“Children who enjoy Brian Selznick’s heavily illustrated books will be at home with this offering...A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it." -Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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“This madcap Victorian gothic mystery...will delight fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch with its puzzles, magic, unusual characters, and bighearted protagonist... A treat for the eyes and imagination." -Booklist Reviews
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“No amount of care was spared in this truly charming, wonderfully spun middle-grade adventure, rich with details that, when spotted, are as delightful as finding a secret passageway in an old house." -Shelf Awareness
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The Guardian ( Children's book reviews )
“The story is exciting and the witches play an interesting part" - The Guardian UK
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Time for Kids
“The riveting story had interesting characters, riddles, and lots of drama. Readers will get caught up in the mystery and will want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next." -TFK Kid Reporter Nicholas Curry
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