Floors by Patrick CarmanFloors by Patrick Carman


byPatrick Carman

Paperback | May 1, 2013

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Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

There's mystery and adventure on every floor.

There's no other place quite like the Whippet Hotel. Each and every floor has its own wacky design - and its own wacky secrets. The guests are either mad or mysterious. And ducks are everywhere.

Leo Fillmore should know everything there is to know about the Whippet Hotel - he is the janitor's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when four cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and an unexpected friend or two.

Join Leo as he takes the ride of his life, without ever having to step outside. As the hotel starts to falling apart and the mystery thickens, there's only one thing Leo can know for sure: The future of the Whippet Hotel depends on him.

PATRICK CARMAN is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot's Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
Title:FloorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.58 × 5.28 × 0.62 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545460921

ISBN - 13:9780545460927


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Floors by Patrick Carmen I used this novel for a read-aloud to some Grade Three and Four students during Library. It was LOVED by both students and their teachers! The characters were those you quickly related to (whether you liked them or not) and the setting of the Whippet Hotel always kept you wondering 'what's next' with all of the crazy rooms and trying to figure out 'who-did-it'. The conflicts were dealt with with both humour and class. Patrick Carmen went all-out nuts with his vividly described rooms, which made the students try to visualize in their own minds how those rooms were even remotely possible--this created quite a bit of creative discussion! I highly recommend this book for a laugh-out-loud and touching story. Can't wait to read the sequels!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another brilliant novel Leo Fillmore and his father live and work at the incredible Whippet Hotel. While his father fixes all of the remarkable gadgets, gizmos and plumbing in the hotel, Leo spends his time looking after the ducks (who live on the roof) and avoiding the terrible manager of the hotel who seems bent on getting rid of Leo and his father. But things are not going well in the hotel, for its founder and builder, Merganzer D. Whippet, has gone missing, and the hotel is starting to fall apart. And then a mysterious box appears addressed to Leo from the missing Mr. Whippet, a box that will send Leo on the adventure of his life through the mysteries of the hotel, find him new friends, and possibly give him a chance to save the hotel from a terrible fate. Patrick Carman is one of my favourite authors currently writing for children. His books explore all sorts of fantastical situations and his characters are believable, good hearted, and great, strong role models for younger readers. Carman also doesn’t shy away from the sad realities of life – Leo’s mother has died, and the reader can see how that has affected both he and his father. These sad situations, however, are treated with grace, allowing younger readers to understand and sympathize with the characters. Part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yet entirely original, Floors would make for a great read-aloud book for parents and children to share.
Date published: 2012-05-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Floors"Carman has not only created a beguiling building but populated it with a sympathetic company of oddfellows, plus a few nefarious creatures . . . Readers will come to feel totally invested in the hotel, just as they will come to love Leo." -Kirkus Reviews"Carman delivers a madcap mystery reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Ellen Raskin, complete with bizarre inventions, a mystery involving a missing billionaire and his fortune, and even a crazy elevator or two." -Publishers Weekly"This story will tug at the imagination of any readers with a healthy appetite for adventure." -School Library Journal"Mixing mystery; colorfully drawn, offbeat characters; and some Willy Wonka-evoking flourishes, this series starter offers an absorbing, entertaining read with an appealing and sympathetic protagonist. Fantastical inventions and humorous scenarios abound, but the story also sensitively explores themes of loss, healing, and family." -Booklist