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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: Floors (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545255198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545255196
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Odd ducks of both the web-footed and human variety alternately help and hinder junior handyman Leo and his pal Remi as Leo attempts to discover the whereabouts of the Whippet Hotel's owner before it's too late. Fans of Pseudonymous Bosch will love this book and its sequel, 3 Below (2012). Audio version is available from Audible and Playaway.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Customer Reviews

I can't wait for my 10 year old daughter to read this book.
Mom and Teacher
This book was really really good book that had me hooked till the very end I hope there is a sequel!
A fun and interesting book that I think elementary-middle school age children will enjoy!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Berbiglia on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Based on the name, I had no idea what to expect when I opened Floors to the first page. Within minutes, I was hooked. It is a mystery and fantasy rolled into one, and I like the fact that it gives kids who don't like science fiction another option. Although it is fantasy (a hotel where the rooms have elaborate themes and the ducks seem to know what you are saying to them), it is not science fiction. It is what I like to call 'good old fashion' fantasy. This is a great book for both boys and girls, which makes it that much better, in my opinion. If you are looking for a great book for a 9-12 year old, pick this one up.

Leo lives in the Whippet hotel with his dad, who is the handyman. When the owner of the hotel disappears, Leo finds himself involved in solving a mystery, and along the way finds out a lot about this very mysterious hotel, and makes a new friend. In the end, he also learns about loyalty.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bored99 VINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
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It's been a very long time since I couldn't make myself finish a children's novel, but this one did the trick. I'm sure the story and visuals are fascinating in the author's brain, but they just don't translate onto paper very well. Despite a few intriguing moments, the book is just dry, dry, dry and mechanical. It feels like reading a "walk through" cheat sheet for a video game.

Here's a sample excerpt: "There was nothing to be done but guide the ball and follow it through, and so he began. Everything started out fine, twisting and turning through one green, then one yellow, then two red rings, Betty hopping through the rings behind him. But then he came to a place in the round maze where there were two rings to choose from. They were in the opening that would send him deeper into the maze, closer to the middle and the very end. Would it matter which one he chose? He thought not, and sent the ball through the blue ring on the right. When he did, the ring filled with spires of electricity and the ball exploded into dust." Which isn't exciting but wouldn't be terrible if so much of the book wasn't written the same way. In this instance, he next notices the time, hangs out for a bit watching a duck (which are supposed to be quirky and fun but seem more like a chore that won't end), then suddenly a sees a message being written on the wall. So he follows those instructions, then hangs out a bit again until another message is written. Then he follows THOSE instructions. Repeat. And they're not even plot-driven; they're RANDOM-random things like suddenly a ring falling out of the sky so he catches it and uses it. Then waits for the next message. Would make a fun video game, but a terrible novel.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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The Whippet Hotel is an unusual place to stay and Leo (the maintenance man's son) finds it's a REALLY unusual place to live. Every floor of the hotel is something different. There are secret rooms, secret floors and a lot of unusual guests (including ducks). The whole place is a maze! Mr. Whippet (the owner) and Leo become friends and Leo loves living in and exploring the strange hotel. When Mr. Whippet unexpectedly disappears, even stranger things happen at the hotel and the building starts to fall apart. Leo finds clues around the hotel. Clues that someone is leaving him in boxes. Clues that can help Leo save the Whippet Hotel if he can solve them.

I thought this story was AWESOME from the beginning to the end. The Whippet Hotel is just cool (my favorite room is the pinball room) and Mr. Carman's story really gave me a good idea of what it would be like to live there. I really got into the story. The book is exciting because of the mystery in the story and also some of the rooms (like the train room) were very cool to read about. Leo is good main character. He is very likeable. My favorite character though was Merganzer Whippet the owner of the hotel. You learn a lot about him even when his character is missing! The book would be great for young advanced readers because there's no real scary parts and no violence. This has to be one of the best stories I have read this year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Knits in Tardis VINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
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This book's own publicity blurbs tip the hat to Willy Wonka, and comparisons here are inevitable. Unfortunately, the wackiness in "Floors" seems a little forced, and children who have read Roald Dahl's classic will be well ahead of young Leo Fillmore and his sidekick Remi when it comes to guessing the reason for the mysterious goings-on.

"Condescending" is a word I hesitated to use in this review, but I don't think there's another way to describe the characterization in "Floors". The book's antagonist, Mrs. Sparks, is evil - not just difficult or pedantic or mendacious but an over-the-top belligerent and small-minded nemisis of the cardboard cutout variety...and yet she is also one of the most important characters in terms of plot. The other nemesi in "Floors" are shadowy and mysterious - for Reasons That Will Be Revealed, and the boys themselves are rather mature and precocious full-time-hotel-job-holding 10 year olds - okay, yes, this is a *fantasy* novel - for whom the possibility of actual time spent in school is mentioned only at the end of the book. (Whew! Just when I thought that the New York truancy board and child labor laws were about to come down on the Whippet Hotel.) I think a lot of young readers will fail to "buy in" to these characters as believable even within the fantasy construct.

A major trope of this book is The Missing Parent. The Willy-Wonkaesque Merganzer D. Whippet lost his mother at a young age, as did Leo, who is being raised in the Whippet's basement by his maintenance man Dad. Towards the end of this story, there's one bedtime scene between father and son that nearly had me shed a tear for the Fillmore men, but for the most part, the theme of loss is just kind of thrown in there -- as are the other emotional underpinnings of the story.
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins Publishers.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some bestselling series work: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Here's a fun note...the books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages. Currently I'm developing a few new-media projects. Check out DARK EDEN to experience this type of cross-platform project.

When I'm not writing or creating a story, I spend my free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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