About This Book:
Secret rooms, eerie curses, forgotten caves. Could you survive a week in the Underlook Hotel?
Aspiring engineer Suzy Hess is invited to the famous Underlook Hotel, domain of the reclusive horror writer Jack Axworth, in the mountains above her hometown of Estes Park, Colorado. Suzy thinks she’s there to tutor Jack’s son, Danny, but instead she finds herself investigating a local curse that threatens the landmark hotel.
With the help of Elijah Jones, an amateur filmmaker who thought he’d been asked to make a film about the so-called King of Horror; Rena Hallorann, the hotel’s caretaker; and Danny, who knows more than he’s letting on, Suzy sets out to solve the mystery at the heart of the Underlook, one that holds the town of Estes Park in its grasp. With only a week to save the hotel—and the town—the friends find themselves racing against time to uncover the shadows of the past.
*Review Contributed By Sara Perrera, Staff Reviewer*
Mystery Graphic Novel
The Underlook Hotel has always been a mystery to the residents of Estes Parks, Colorado. Horror author Jack Axworth lives there, but he is rarely seen, and the hotel hasn’t had guests in years. Elijah, a young filmmaker, is invited to stay at the hotel, which is big news in the small town. As Elijah is eager to meet Jack and film a documentary about him and his hotel, he learns that Rena, the hotel’s caretaker, lured him there to help save it. With the help of Jack’s son Danny and his tutor Suzy they investigate if The Underlook hotel is cursed and how they can save the hotel.
What I Liked: It was clear that each character had a purpose and brought something unique to the story. Rena and Suzy were written as smart, capable, and overall strong female characters. Elijah is an endearing character who is very enthusiastic about filmmaking. Danny’s connection to Suzy’s family made for a surprise I didn’t see coming and Jack and his dementia make for an emotional subplot. Each of these characters help solve if the Underlook is cursed.
What Didn’t Work: There are similarities or nods to the movie The Shining which can be fun for the adult reading it, but my children had never seen this movie and did not get the reference.
I received a copy that did not have full-color pages. The first eight pages were in color and I was able to get an idea of how the book would feel in color and it’s much more engaging with colored graphics.
Featuring unique characters, Spirit Week is a mystery graphic novel that is not overly spooky and is sure to capture the attention of middle grade readers.