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The Secrets of Winterhouse: Winterhouse, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Return visit has more puzzles and the same spooky vibe.

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It takes some time to check in to the main story, but this return visit to the wonderful Winterhouse hotel has more clever puzzles to solve and the same spooky-mystery vibe. Kids who loved the first book will enjoy some long winter nights with this one, as well, though will be waiting maybe not so patiently for Elizabeth to give in and explore the secret passageways. She slowly solves the puzzle of why they exist, and this is important to the plot, but wouldn't she learn much faster if she and Freddy took a peek inside?

While we wait for this to happen, Elizabeth settles into her new home and tries to fit in. It will be easy for kids to relate to how frustrated she gets by rude guests (who also begin to behave rather suspiciously), and fun for all to imagine living at a cool hotel with a skating rink, a pool, an ice castle to explore, and dinner parties in a big hall with magic tricks and extra helpings of dessert.

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