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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; BRAILLE EDITION edition (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679890793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679890799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A ghostly guest has checked into the Shangri-la Hotel! It's almost Halloween and reports of strange sounds and even stranger sights are coming from Green Lawn's only hotel. Hotel guests and neighbors are being scared away, and it's up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to figure out what's going on--before Green Lawn turns into a ghost town!

About the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries, Capital Mysteries, and Calendar Mysteries. When not working on a new book in his Connecticut home, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books. Visit him online at RonRoy.com.

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My son loved this book!
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They are not as difficult as Hardy Boys and are a very fun easy read.
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I recommend this series as a gift for grandchildren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on June 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The Haunted Hotel" by Ron Roy. (A-Z Mysteries).

Guests at the local hotel say they see a ghost, so they demand their money back, and leave. Therefore, business is bad. However, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose (the 3 main characters, and they are best friends) do not want the local hotel to go under. They do not want it to be sold. But the owners have no choice.

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are determined to find this ghost so that business will be back up for the hotel. Guests are leaving, so there are plenty of empty rooms. The hotel owners invite the entire families of these 3 kids to stay at the hotel for a night so that Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose can investigate. I would not want to meet a ghost, and these 3 kids felt the same way: they were brave kids who were determined to find the truth, so that guests will come back and that the hotel will not be sold.

The conclusion is very interesting and fun. I loved it!!!

Even though I love all of the books in this series, this is one of my favorites.

I strongly recommend this series because it is a positive series and the 3 kids are positive, honest kids who set a good example. In today's world, there is nothing we need more than a good, positive example.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2002
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This book was great. I liked it because it was a good mystery for younger kids! My favorite part was when they found out who the ghost ...was! I think it was a good book and I hope other kids enjoy reading it like I did!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 19, 2002
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It was the first book I ever read in the A to Z mysteries. I like it because it was short and there were map in the front page. It about three kid, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose who solve the mystery of the ghost in the hotel. Read it, you will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
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These books are a step above the early reader books and yet not as difficult as the Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew books. They are easy to read and a child who is 8 or 9 can most likely finish one of these a to z mysteries in a day.

They are fun. They have a little bit of mystery with three friends working to solve the mystery.

I have read some of these books just to check them out. This one was one of my favorites in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2000
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My son absolutely loved this book. He didn't stop reading until he finished the whole book in one day. The way Josh, Ruth Rose and Dink worked to solve the mystery really kept my child interested.
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The Haunted Hotel by Ron Roy Is about 3 kids named Dink,Ruth Rose,and Josh. The kids are lead to a mystery of a ghost in Green Lawn Hotel.One reason I like this book is because it scary and funny.For example:It is funny when Josh just gets scared of an ant and it is scary when Dink finds a piece of white hair that is cuted of. Another reason i like this book is because it is really emotional. For example:It is emotional when josh said I feel scared really scared. My third reason to like this book is that it makes you feel like you are in the book.For example:It makes you feel in the book when Dink finds clues like the hair, mask, and ghost body. I would recommend this book 7-11 year olds and who ever is interested in ghost and mysteries. (Written by Marisol, a 3rd grade student at LCCS in Oakland, CA)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 19, 2006
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The book The Haunted Hotel by Ron Roy is part of the A-Z Mysteries series. I have enjoyed many books written by Ron Roy. In The Haunted Hotel there is this ghost that terrorizes the hotel and three kids try to figure out who the ghost is. The main characters are Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose .The book is set in a hotel. It shows how hard it is to be a detective.

My favorite part was when they found out who the ghost was. The book is very exciting and fun to read. I recommend this book for people who like mysteries. That's what I think of the book.

By Hilda
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2006
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The time that I read this book I felt so thrilled for the ghost that tortures the Shangrala hotel.This book is the one reason that I bought the entire series. Ron Roy is a person that loves mystery books. I am glad he made those books because if he didn't then I wouldn't be thrilled by any other book.
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More About the Author

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"I'm totally convinced that I am a writer today because I loved books as a kid."--Ron Roy

Ron Roy is the author of the popular A to Z Mysteries series, as well as the Capital Mysteries series, and several picture books. He lives in Connecticut.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

"When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?" I have been asked that question many times since my first book, A Thousand Pails of Water, was published in 1978. Now that I've had so many years to think of an answer, I guess I have to say that at age nine I had an inkling that words were going to be a big part of my life.

When I turned nine, I received for my birthday a wonderful gift--a book. It was about King Arthur and his knights. Even though I vividly remember the shiny blue and red cover and the smell of the new paper, I don't remember the author. But I thank her or him every day of my writing life. That writer stirred up something in me that has been bubbling ever since: a love for reading, and the urgent need to put words down on paper.

In spite of my love for reading, writing as a profession never occurred to me until I became an adult. I worked at an odd variety of jobs before I realized that writing was what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. Over the years, I waited tables, sold hot dogs, and drove a "Tooth" van from which I taught kids how to brush their teeth and floss. One year I traveled across the world to Hong Kong and taught English to Vietnamese adults. I wrote feature stories for a newspaper and designed letterhead for a printer. One happy summer I worked as a camp counselor.

After two years in the navy and more travel, I landed in the freshman class at the University of Connecticut. Naturally, I majored in English literature. More doors opened for me as I read poetry, novels, essays, and did my share of writing. Still, I did not see myself as a writer. I knew that I enjoyed being around kids, so I became a schoolteacher.

And then, finally, in a fourth-grade classroom, the light bulb in my head flickered on and shone brightly. Its message was, I WANT TO WRITE! In my classroom, I was surrounded by kids and their books. I read those books and fell in love with the characters, the authors, the messages. I was hooked, but I never fought. I allowed myself to be reeled in.

My writing life began one evening after reading parts of Charlotte's Web to my class. Home from teaching, I walked into my apartment, dropped my bookbag, and headed for the typewriter (this was before word processing came along!). I wrote my first story that night and sent it to a book publisher the next day. Four weeks later I received my first rejection slip. But by then, I had written more stories, and they, too, were in the mail, soon to appear on editors' desks around the country.

The rejection slips came in, often flooding my mailbox. But I wrote, and I sent my best work along to a long list of publishing houses. Although more rejection slips arrived with each mail, I never felt rejected. My routine was set, and it didn't change: I taught by day and wrote by night. Each evening found me hunched over the typewriter creating characters, settings, and plots. Most weekends I walked on the beach with a dream in my head and a notebook in my back pocket. From those dreams and notes I wrote story after story.

Four years passed. Dozens of book manuscripts had been written, sent, and rejected. Then the day came when one of those "rejection" envelopes turned out to contain not a rejection but an acceptance. "Dear Mr. Roy . . . We are happy to tell you that we would love to publish your book. . ." Those seventeen words changed my life. I was no longer a schoolteacher who tried to write. I was going to be a published author!

Today, with more than 50 children's books behind me, I can think of no other occupation that would make me as happy. As a writer, I get to do all the things I love most: speak to kids, invent stories, travel, and of course, read. My A to Z Mysteries series sends me to classrooms where I listen to and learn so much from the students. I receive letters from young readers across the globe, and I answer every letter. Many of the letters contain suggestions for new plots, titles, characters. One girl asked if I would use her dog in one of my mysteries. What a great idea, I thought, and invented a canine character for an upcoming book.

Children ask about my writing, but they also want to know about my personal life. "Where do you live?" "Do you have any pets?" "What's your favorite food, color, author, TV show?" I'm happy to tell kids about my life as a writer as well as my life as a person. I live in an old farmhouse in Connecticut. My property consists of three acres of large trees, a barn, and a wonderful chicken coop. Recently, I brought a few chickens to live there, and they have become pets. Like E. B. White (my favorite author!) I love the sound and smell and warmth of animals. But since I travel a lot, I can't fill my barn with critters.

"Where do you get your ideas?" is a question that teachers ask often. "Everywhere," I respond, then I give specifics. Ideas come from reading newspapers and books. Ideas come from TV shows and movies and the news on the radio. I bring ideas back from trips, from church, from the grocery store. The letters I receive from kids are often filled with ideas.

The idea for my first published book evolved from a stroll on the beach. While walking, I came upon an overturned horseshoe crab. With legs frantically waving, the crab tried unsuccessfully to flip over onto its stomach. I uprighted the crab, then watched it scurry into the water and swim away. From that little episode came A Thousand Pails of Water, my picture book about a boy and a beached whale. Not really much of a leap--I saved a crab, the boy in my book saved a whale.

I smile when kids ask me if I write every hour of every day. Some writers do, I suppose, but I find that I need a balance. I spend a goodly number of hours each week actually writing but leave plenty of time for playing with friends, going to the movies and on vacations, and taking naps with my cat. I also work on my house, which seems to require a lot of attention.

In many ways, however, I am "writing" even when doing chores. As I paint my barn, I am thinking of story plots. As I weed my garden, I daydream about new characters. When I nap, I dream about the next mystery in my series . . . and the next.

It's a cycle, really. As a child, I loved to read. Reading led me to writing as a career. I share my books--and thus my love for reading and writing--with children. From them I receive warm feelings and some great ideas.

Now when I write my books, one of my hopes is that I can give back at least a part of the joy I have received.

Happy reading!

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