Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1) by Ben Guterson

Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)

An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut―the first book in a trilogy―set in a magical hotel full of secrets.Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms―most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a m...

Details Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)

TitleWinterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Fantasy, Juvenile

Reviews Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)

  • Kim Dyer
    Oh my gosh I freaking LOVED this book! The setting of Winterhouse was absolutely magical, I loved the writing, the characters, the mystery, everything. Who says middle grade books aren’t for adults? First book of 2018 and it’s gonna be hard to top!
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Netgalley.comPoor Elizabeth Somers. Her parents died when she was four, and she has been raised by her uncaring Aunt Purdy and Uncle Burlap. When they decide to take a vacation over Christmas, she is packed off to Winterhouse with $3 and a grocery bag of clothing. There's little explanation, but she is glad to have a few books with her, and the hotel is not as bad as she has feared. Aside from the creepy booksellers, the Hiems, who war...
  • Melissa
    Charming. Though I would have liked it better without the ghost-y elements.
  • QNPoohBear
    Elizabeth Somers can't remember her parents who died in an accident when she was very young. She lives with her horrid, penny pinching aunt and uncle now and all they do is complain and watch TV. Elizabeth would much rather read and work out word puzzles. When her relatives leave her to go on vacation over Christmas break, she is sent to stay at the mysterious Winterhouse Hotel. Elizabeth gets a creepy vibe from some other travelers on the bus bu...
  • Suze Lavender
    Elizabeth is an orphan and she lives with her uncaring uncle and aunt. They only watch television and don't show much of an interest in Elizabeth. She loves to read and tries to stay away from the negativity her uncle and aunt usually bring her as much as possible. When they have the chance to go on holiday together they don't hesitate and leave Elizabeth behind. She's being sent to Winterhouse Hotel to spend Christmas by herself. The hotel is ow...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: [email protected] #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Imagine that your parents have passed away and you have to live with an aunt and uncle that do not want you, you are poor and you have no friends. That is the life of Elizabeth Somers. So when she comes home from school for Christmas break and there is a note on the door, a bag of clothes...
  • Jenni Frencham
    While Elizabeth's aunt and uncle go on vacation, Elizabeth is sent to spend her winter break from school at a mysterious hotel. Her aunt and uncle don't explain why, and although Elizabeth at first is resentful of this trip, she eventually begins to enjoy herself at the hotel, and while there finds both a friend and a mystery to solve.I thought the descriptions of the hotel and the various characters staying there were fantastic. I loved Elizabet...
  • Jamie
    I really enjoyed this book and will be ordering it for the library collection. Very good kids cozy mystery. I look forward to the next book.
  • Carmen Marie
    Honestly, I picked up this book because of its beautiful cover. It's the kind of book that would have enchanted me as a middle grade reader and frankly, it's the kind of cover that enchants me now. When I read good middle grade fiction, it transports me right back to those magical days of loading up a big reading pile from the library on a lazy summer day.Winterhouse does just that. Orphan Elizabeth lives with her Uncle Burlap and Aunt Purdy in a...
  • Susan
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.This magical, modern day fantasy is full of mystery, fun, imagination and charm. Elizabeth has been an orphan for the past seven years, living in poverty with a heartless aunt and uncle. Her only friends are her books, which she borrows from her caring school librarian. This all changes when an unexpected invitation arrives inviting her to spend the...
  • Jennifer
    From my first reading of the description of Winterhouse, I was super excited. Books like Chasing Vermeer, The Greenglass House, and The Mysterious Benedict Society are my absolute favorite kind of middle grade fiction but are, unfortunately, less common. (As a side note, finding a true mystery - a story with a puzzle- rather than a thriller for middle grade or YA is more difficult than one might think.)Winterhouse did not disappoint. It is a true...
  • Cassandra
    Elizabeth Somers is sent away to Winterhouse by her aunt and uncle. She has lived with them for many years due to the death of her parents. She is not sure how her aunt and uncle can afford the trip they are going on and to send her to Winterhouse. They are very poor and should not be able to afford a three week Christmas holiday. At Winterhouse, Elizbeth meets Freddy. She finally has a friend who is very much like her. They both love to read and...
  • Misti
    When Elizabeth’s guardians send her away to a strange hotel for Christmas vacation, she expects to spend a miserable holiday there. Instead, she finds a new friend and a fascinating mystery . . . and maybe even a hint of magic, and a little bit of danger.This is a solid entry in the genre of middle-grade puzzle novels, perfect for young readers who love anagrams and secret codes. There were enough clues to figure out the solution to one big rid...
  • Brenda
    Originally posted at Log Cabin LibraryElizabeth will be spending her Christmas break at the Winterhouse Hotel while her Aunt and Uncle take a vacation. At least they left her some clothing in a grocery bag, a few measly dollars, and a bus, and train ticket to get her there. Once Elizabeth gets underway, she encounters an odd couple dressed all in black, who upon their arrival at the hotel, introduce themselves as the Heims, booksellers of old rar...
  • Dana
    This was a cute little book. Elizabeth Somers is sent to Winterhouse, a hotel run by an eccentric older man. Elizabeth meets Freddy, a fellow kid who was sent to the hotel by his parents for the holidays. Together, they uncover secrets about the family who began the hotel and crack the code to a mysterious puzzle that saves the hotel.
  • MsAprilVincent
    This is a book about a girl who loves books, so of course I loved it.〰Ten-year-old Elizabeth comes home one day to find that her aunt and uncle are gone on vacation, leaving her three dollars and a bus ticket to the Winterhouse Hotel. What a couple of dears.〰At Winterhouse, Elizabeth meets the owner, Norbridge Falls, and another kid on his own, Freddy, who's inventing a fuel source using walnut shells.〰The hotel isn't exactly 100% normal, a...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    This book was an amazing read with very creative illustrations that I loved. It brought together everything for a wonderful Christmas mystery. The story follows Elizabeth and journey to Winterhouse for the holidays while her aunt and uncle get a suspicious paid for vacation. During Elizabeth's stay at this magical hotel she meets Freddy and becomes best friends. They find lots of things to get into and even a very spooky mystery to solve. I don't...
  • Audrey Marcusen McMacken
    Recommended by my 7 year old after I read about it on an independent book store blog as a fabulous read for kids and bought for him. He’s a fairly advanced reader, I think more middle grades 4th-7th reading level.Lots of fun for this 39 year old too. Especially the chance to talk about with my kid. Mystery, word puzzles, friendship - and an open door for future books in a series.
  • Hannah
    This book was a fun little treat! The story exists somewhere at a three-way junction between Harry Potter (11-year-old unknowing of their true heritage and living with a horrible aunt and uncle after the death of their parents under mysterious circumstances), a Series of Unfortunate Events (a world that is recognizably ours and references familiar works but likes to be ambiguous as to its particular location, and smart children using puzzles and ...
  • Rajiv
    I LOVED reading this book! The story reminded me a lot of the Harry Potter series. For instance, the main character, Elizabeth, is an orphan and lives with her aunt and uncle who don’t care about her at all. One day, she receives an invitation from a mysterious benefactor to go and stay at this hotel for a few days and her whole life changes there! The plot is captivating from the first page and makes you wonder what will happen next. It is fil...
  • Lynn
    Reading Winterhouse was a bit like stepping back in the books of my childhood in the best sort of way. A lonely bookish child receives a mysterious gift: 3 weeks in the glamorous Winterhouse Hotel during the Christmas season. Her awful aunt and uncle get a vacation somewhere else and gleefully shove Elizabeth out the door despite her misgivings.The hotel and its inhabitants almost but not quite steal the show but the mystery of The Book, the vill...
  • Stephanie
    I read this because of the cover and wanting to read something no one was telling me to read. It turned out to be pretty good. I would have really liked it as a kid. Reading Winterhouse brought to mind stories like Harry Potter and Matilda. Elizabeth is an orphan who lives with her mean and neglectful Aunt and Uncle. A mysterious benefactor unexpectedly pays for the Aunt and Uncle to take a vacation and send Elizabeth to the fabulous Winterhouse ...
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars. Orphaned Elizabeth lives with her stingy aunt and uncle, and their loathing of each other is mutual. So when Elizabeth comes home from school on the last day before winter break and finds the house locked up, her aunt and uncle gone on vacation, and a bus ticket for her to a remote hotel where she'll spend the vacation, she's not too surprised. What is surprising are the creepy couple in black on the bus, who keep staring at her, and t...
  • Sarah Sammis
    I was looking for a follow up to Ghosts of Greenglass House (review coming) and Winterhouse by Ben Guterson seemed like a good fit. The book opens with Elizabeth Somers arriving home on the last day of school before winter break to find a note from her aunt and uncle and a train and a bus ticket to Winterhouse for the three weeks of vacation.
  • Ms.Patterson
    Lots of fun. Classic mystery in a cool place (a la Mixed Up Files) with a little magic, some dark danger, and lots of winter fun thrown in. It's a ginormous book but doesn't read that way - keeps up a good pace and the pages fly.
  • Amanda
    3 1/2 starsDropping it 1/2 a star because I saw where this was going as soon as she arrived at the hotel. *sigh* I love books set in mysterious hotels! I do not love books where the plot is yelling at me from the get-go. Liked the puzzles throughout. Will definitely read the sequel.
  • Jessica Parsons
    Really enjoyed this middle grade mystery, especially all of the literary references. Guterson referenced most of my childhood favorites and some of my modern favorites as well!