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Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Warren the 13th is back in another lushly illustrated middle grade adventure in the spirit of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.
This fast-paced and beautifully-designed sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is packed with nonstop action, adventure, and mystery for middle grade readers. Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends—and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles, all accompanied by stunning illustrations and gorgeous design from Will Staehle on every page.
About the Author
Tania del Rio is the author of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye (Quirk, 2015). A professional comic book writer and artist, her clients include Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel. She is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue run of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She lives in Los Angeles. Will Staehle illustrated and designed Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, plus many dozens of award-winning book jackets. Print magazine named him one of the Top Twenty under Thirty New Visual Artists. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
“Del Rio delivers another rollicking adventure with this sequel...Staehle’s abundant etchinglike illustrations play on the story’s humor and drama, resulting in a mystery that is fresh and imaginative.”—Booklist
“This skillfully executed novel filled with magic and humor is a high-quality offering for reluctant readers and fans of Lemony Snicket.”—School Library Journal
“In a double-columned narrative festooned throughout with macabre green-and-black illustrations that thicken the Gothic air considerably…dismal turns abound…. Another entry in the ‘unfortunate events’ genre, kitted out with atmospheric art, unusual book design, and a wonderfully homely protagonist.”–Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
“An engaging mystery to unravel, with a few nice twists and surprises along the way. . . . It’s a fair bet that for many the main attraction of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will be Staehle’s lavish illustrations.”—New York Times Book Review
“A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“The riveting story had interesting characters, riddles, and lots of drama. Readers will get caught up in the mystery and will want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next.”—Nicolas Curry, Kid Reporter for Time for Kids
“Beautifully and amusingly designed and illustrated, featuring a plot filled with twists and riddles, this clever tale of mysterious goings-on at a run-down hotel proves to be an unlikely winner.”—Common Sense Media, 4 out 5 stars
“An adventure with echoes of classic children’s titles like Raskin’s The Westing Game and Dahl’s The Witches. . . . Stylish, exciting, funny, and just slightly macabre, this entertaining novel bodes well for Warren’s future adventures.”—Publishers Weekly
“All the delicious chaos of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye—first of a planned series—is wonderfully cloaked in a Victorian sensibility and design, a bit of Edward Gorey, a bit of Tim Burton.”—Shelf Awareness
“Just the ticket for fans of Unfortunate Events in dim corridors and murky subterranean chambers.”—Kirkus Reviews
“No amount of care was spared in this truly charming, wonderfully spun middle-grade adventure.”—Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness Pro
“Original, funny . . . it reminded me partly of Hotel Transylvania mixed with Coraline.”—Joseph, Age 11
“This story is absolutely enchanting and is a must-have for any child who enjoys adventure and magic, whether this book is read to them or they read it for themselves.”—New York Journal of Books
“You’ll fall in love.”—BlogHer
“You don't have to be a middle grade reader to fall for Warren and his desire to save his beloved family hotel (and home) from the clutches of his evil step-aunt.”—Beth Fish Reads
“You know those rare books that keep you guessing all the way through? Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is exactly that: surprising, delightful, upbeat, with a terrific young hero. Good, clean, mysterious fun.”—Bookfoolery
“Young and old(ish) alike will be charmed by Warren the 13th, the puzzles, the stories, and the illustrations. The mysteries are perfect for the whole family.”–Beth Fish Reads