Max and the Haunted Hotel

Max and the Haunted Hotel
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January 31, 2023
When Max's parents mysteriously disappear in a haunted hotel, he knows it's up to him to crack the case. But he can't do it alone—he'll need the help of some wild and hilarious ghosts. Can they solve the mystery before it's too late? Find out in this laugh-out-loud chapter book that's full of spooky fun. So grab your ghost-busting gear and join Max on an adventure you'll never forget!

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What worked:
This book can be read very quickly due to the fast pace and having less than one hundred pages. Max and his parents are ghost hunters although they’ve never actually trapped one before. The descriptions of their equipment including a Spirit Containment Bag and Ghost Drinker Ray Gun sound like homemade knock-offs from a “Ghostbusters” movie. The family travels to a haunted house with hundreds of ghosts happily residing within its walls. Max meets a young girl named Millie who knows all the ins and outs of the building and introduces him to the cast of ghosts ranging from a sheriff to a barber, to a scientist. They’re excited with the prospect of eluding more ghost hunters as the chase is like a game to them. However, an old lady changes their viewpoints and Max learns one of his ancestors started the problem generations earlier.
The most entertaining feature of the book is the humor. It has adolescent humor with Gunther the farting ghost and a chanting, acrobatic cheerleader named Ashley. Millie and Max share playful banter throughout the story as they take turns being the leader and the eventual hero. Millie thinks she knows more and she kids Max about having a crush on her. The ghosts enjoy celebrations and a festive feast is highlighted by a wrestling match atop the huge dining table that turns into a food fight. Max thinks teachers are the worst people in the world and he makes various comments to express those feelings. The quick-moving plot and light-hearted dialogue should appeal to most young readers.
What didn’t work as well:
The main problem with very short books is the lack of detail and character development. Readers will get to know Max on a surface level but all of the other characters are even less defined. On the flip side, the lack of description results in a story that can easily be read in one sitting.
The Final Verdict:
This book is wonderful for novice readers, probably toward the younger end of middle-grade novels. It doesn’t require a long attention span and it will make readers feel happy and amused. Overall, this book is an easy read and I recommend you give it a shot.
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