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Baker's (the Company series) first book for children introduces a young heroine named Emma, who finds herself on the Dunes after an unspecified disaster. Her apparent solitude is an illusion: the Dunes are home to the lost Grand Wenlocke, the most luxurious hotel in the world, as well as the ghost of dutiful Bell Captain Winston Oliver Courtland. The hotel is uncovered by conveniently timed winds and in short order the orphan and ghost are joined by cook Mrs. Beet, tugboat pirate Captain Doubloon and fellow orphan Masterman Wenlocke. The five form an ad-hoc family and begin operating the hotel once more. At the outset, the omniscient narrator assures readers that Emma has the required "cleverness and bravery" to tackle an adventure, but the book offers scant opportunities for Emma to demonstrate this. The tragedy that maroons Emma is deliberately vague, Doubloon is amiable, Masterman proves reasonable and the servants are properly submissive. The element of danger introduced by the arrival of Masterman's conniving guardian seems perfunctory. Although skillfully written, the book is undermined by a lack of tension. Ages 9-12.
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Lovely, delightful, and perfect summer reading for a young adventurer. Whimsical and surprising with an underlying story of curiosity and courage.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. It's definitely written for children, but I (38 year old female) found it to be charming and whimsical with a good message.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This story seems to be for young children. If so, at the age of 66 I am a child. It is farfetched and simply wonderful. Give it a try.Published 4 months ago by Ginny
Kage Baker builds another world, another glimpse into the magic of life with Hotel Under the Sand. Loved it!Published 7 months ago by Diane N. Osborne
I never could get into the story/ It was not the author"s writing. It was the story. The story to me was just ridiculous.Published 14 months ago by David Booher
I read this after someone recommended it to me. It's a beautiful story, one of loss and recovery. It's about a strong heroine who finds her way after tragedy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Moon view
Quite different from most of what I usually read, but a fun and charming fantasy. It would be terrific read out loud to children.Published 16 months ago by Hawaii Child
Really liked the book which was suggested to me by my 11 year old grandson. He is an avid reader & it was a good recommendationPublished 22 months ago by Martha Marron
I'm not sure if Amazon tagged this as a juvenile and I missed it or if they failed to make it clear that this is a children's book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Eppstein