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Floors: 04/21/14

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Floors by Patrick Carman is the first book in a series about a very unusual Manhattan hotel (even by Manhattan standards). The Whippet hotel built by Merganzer D. Whippet has unusually themed rooms (sort of like the Madonna Inn in California) and numerous (rumored) secrets. Unfortunately, it's owner has been missing for the last one hundred days. Now Leo, the maintenance man's son has begun to find clues that might explain what happened to Mr. Whippet.

It all begins with a purple box. Leo, although he has duties in the hotel tool, knows in his heart of hearts that this purple box, and the other boxes he finds on the way are vitally important to the well being of the hotel, which has been Leo's home for as long as he can remember.

Leo's quest through the rooms and secret passageways that any building of substance is bound to have give the reader the chance to explore behind the artifice. Like Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that's some magic involved too (or at least illogic). As the Whippet is also a hotel there are some guests, and they are as eccentric and long term as Scarlett Martin's guest in Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

I listened to this book to and from work. The wacky hotel adventures lend themselves perfectly to be a very entertaining audio book for commute time. I'd also recommend it for a family car trip.

Five stars

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