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Grade 8 Up—The Martin clan is an unusually eccentric family, even by New York City standards. Scarlett's parents own and run the Hopewell, a small, rundown, historic hotel in the heart of the city in this novel by Maureen Johnson (Scholastic, pap. 2009). According to family "rules," upon turning 15, each sibling is given a hotel suite to care for, along with any guests booked into that particular room. By the luck of the draw, Scarlett's first "client" is Mrs. Amberson—a former actress and world traveler with a penchant for running other peoples' lives and an amazingly egocentric view of the universe. By the time the woman is finished with the Martins, every member of the family will have experienced a life changing and positive event. Jennie Stith's little girl voice seems a tad young for Scarlett, and her breathy delivery becomes wearing after a while. This, coupled with the book's implausible plot and minimally developed characters makes it a marginal purchase.—Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH
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*Starred Review* The Hopewell Hotel, 75 years ago a stylish Upper East Side haunt, has fallen on hard times. Its proprietors, the Martin family, have let the last remaining employee go, and now it’s up to the four children, Spencer, Lola, Scarlett, and Marlene, to keep things afloat. Enter one Mrs. Amy Amberson, a flamboyant, mysterious guest, back in New York after a long absence, with some clandestine motives. Mrs. Amberson is to occupy the Empire Suite, just today entrusted to Scarlett as a “present” on her fifteenth birthday (a family tradition), for the entire summer, and keeping her happy will test Scarlett’s ingenious mettle. What follows is some utterly winning, madcap Manhattan farce, crafted with a winking, urbane narrative and tight, wry dialogue. Beneath the silvered surface, Johnson delivers a complex sibling relationship. Like the Hilary McKay’s Casson quartet, first introduced in Saffy’s Angel (2002), these siblings are bound by tender, poignant connections, all the more real for the absurdity of their circumstances. We can only hope that they, too, return for more intrepid adventures. Grades 7-12. --Thom Barthelmess --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
it's pretty good book a little slow to get started love the countryPublished 9 months ago by Bessie Mosley
The characters in the book were delightful. The story line was simple but fun.Published 9 months ago by Marilyn Mitchener
Not sure how "Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes" got all the hype. I like that book, but I find the "Scarlett" series better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Sherrill
This was an enjoyable, quick book. Perfect for the beach or a long plane / train ride. Fun summer read!Published 13 months ago by ChaoticLikeableSkate
This book was a great deal of fun. It's so light and airy compared to what I generally read. Everything about it seemed to be designed to make you feel good or empathize with the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jwb52z
Sometimes you just want to read along with interesting people who are part of an interesting family in an interesting place. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pop Bop
I loved this book and also loved the sequel. I check periodically for more books. Scarlett is a great character and I love the New York City setting.Published 22 months ago by G.C.