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The Hotel Under the Sand Paperback – July 1, 2009
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Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle
Kage Baker’s The Hotel Under the Sand will grab you on page one and never let you go until you finish reading and beg for more.”
Richard A. Lupoff, author of Marblehead
I read it all in one sitting, enjoying the characters and the well-crafted plot very much, and want to read it soon to my granddaughters. Kage Baker used the fantasy structure with a light touch, reassuring but exciting...”
Cecilia Holland, author of Until the Sun Falls
...charming...Baker’s first book for younger readers is a delight.”
Kage Baker is already well-known among adult readers for her science-fiction series The Company, but her new children’s book The Hotel Under the Sand is bound to win her plenty of new readers among the younger set.”
Refreshingly original.... Although Baker is an established author of science fiction and fantasy for adults, this novel is written so naturally that it is difficult to believe
it is her debut for younger readers.”
VOYA Library Journal
There are few books that I immediately want to press into the hands of other readers the instant I turn the last page. My copy of Hotel will be one that I hand to my daughter in a few years. First, however, I’m going to force it on everybody I know.”
It’s exciting to come upon a book that serves not only as a great story to share with your kids, but one that has some undeniably unusualand geekyfeatures.”
...a strangely delightful story.”
The Hotel Under the Sand is the kind of book that you resolve to send to your nieces and nephews even before you have finished the first page.”
Reading the Leaves
I just wanted more!”
Fantasy Book Critic
I would strongly recommend it for fans of Roald Dahl and readers who are still young at heart.”
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Top Customer Reviews
I could say more, but I wouldn't want to spoil the book for you. The Hotel Under the Sand is suitable for children, but also for older readers who just want an old-fashioned adventure (not like, say, Twilight) told from the perspective of a spunky little heroine who is based on a real little girl named Emma. It's truly a breath of fresh air.
This is a very well-written, very subtle, very calm, (almost "dreamy"), reflection on youth, self-reliance and friendship. Set in an off-kilter imagined world, it touches more on matters of family and wonder than on adventure or conflict. It is a mellow and thoughtful sort of book; brief and touching.
So, not a slam-bang adventure, but calm and well-written, you might want to consider it as a very good introduction, for a young reader, to, for want of a better word, "literary" fiction.
I call this a Steam Punk Fairy Tale, for that is exactly what it is. A delightful story to read to my daughter, or have her read to me, at bedtime. Adventures abound, magic happens, a strong and intelligent young lady overcomes all obstacles with the help of friends.
Excellent seed for fertile minds to dream over!
This is a wonderful, rollicking wish-fulfillment adventure story. It has everything - magic, ghosts, pirates, delicious food, sumptuous hotels, evil guardians, strange, unusual side characters, horrible boarding schools and bratty (if brave) little boys. Baker sneaks some of her typical classical and literary tropes into the story, and also manages to discuss huge topics, such as friendship, grief and loss, without being prosy and moralistic. About the only thing that might be difficult for young children is the beginning, but it is dealt with in a sensitive way and is totally not gratuitous.
I've already purchased a copy for my small niece, just in case it goes out of print. I'm just sad that the untimely loss of the wonderful Ms. Baker means she will not be creating any more of these small masterpieces. Highly recommended.
All the other reviewers have hit the nail on the head, so I can't add much more. It's a wonderfully written, easy read. And it has Ms. Baker's "voice"! Some kids' books need illustrations to help the reader see the events. Not this one. Ms. Baker painted pictures with her words.
My nine year old loved it. I loved it. It had outrageously fun characters, a dog, a parrot, a canon, witty conversations, and a worthy ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely, delightful, and perfect summer reading for a young adventurer. Whimsical and surprising with an underlying story of curiosity and courage.Published 7 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 9 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 10 months ago by Ginny
Kage Baker builds another world, another glimpse into the magic of life with Hotel Under the Sand. Loved it!Published 13 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 19 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 21 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 21 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 on November 3, 2013 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 on October 31, 2013 by John Eppstein