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, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)

  • Anne
    I'm currently in a reading slump and not a single book is looking appealing to me right now. However, I just couldn't say 'no' to this adorable cover! The fact that there a beautiful illustrations throughout made it even better. The entire layout of this book definitely deserves its own honourable mention - it fits the story so well and makes it even more heartwarming. And the best thing was (of course), that the story (despite my reading slump) ...
  • megs_bookrack
    **4.5-stars!!!**Elizabeth Somers is an orphan being raised by her miserable Aunt and Uncle in the equally miserable town of Drere. Just when Elizabeth thinks things can't get any worse, her Aunt and Uncle (( these people could give the Dursleys a run for their money)) tell her they are shipping her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel for three weeks over Christmas Holiday. Are they going with her? No, of course not. They are taking their ...
  • 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...
  • Nicpoń
    “Hotel Winterhouse” Bena Gutersona to ostatnia przeczytana książka w 2018 roku. Niby książka dla młodzieży, ale i dorosły nie powinien się nudzić. Mamy tutaj historię 11-letniej Elizabeth, która w tajemniczych okolicznościach została wysłana na ferie świąteczne do hotelu Winterhouse. Jako sierota, wychowywana przez skąpe wujostwo początkowo niechętnie wybiera się w podróż. Na miejscu okazuje się, że wizyta w tym miejsc...
  • 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...
  • Kateryna
    This is a story about a girl who is shipped off to the fabulous Winterhouse Hotel for her winter break, and while there she finds friends, intrigue, and mystery.. The descriptions of the hotel and the various characters staying there were fantastic. I loved the charming illustrations, which are sprinkled throughout the book. The book is also loaded with puzzles for readers to piece together as they go. Some sections in the middle of the book did ...
  • Laurie
    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 6.4@kidlitexchange #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...
  • Nelleke Groot
    Een onbegrepen meisje + gemene oom en tante + een vakantie in een fantastisch hotel met excentrieke eigenaar + een beste vriend + veel zoetekauwtjes + een vleugje magie = het perfecte kinderboek voor tijdens de kerstvakantie!
  • 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...
  • Kwante in Wonderland
    Recensie volgt op mijn blog!
  • Monique
    Heerlijk jeugdboek. Doet denken aan een combi van Harry Potter en Matilde van Roald Dahl.
  • Kira
    Story had promise, but halfway through I realized I didn't care enough about the plot or characters to enjoy the time I was spending reading it.
  • 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.
  • Jeanine
  • 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.
  • Lou
    Difficile de résister à la couverture prometteuse de Winterhouse Hotel. C’est avec impatience et curiosité que j’ai ouvert la porte de cet établissement. Bien m’en a pris car c’est un roman jeunesse original et captivant parfait pour la saison.La jeune Elizabeth a perdu ses parents et vit chez un oncle et une tante peu amènes, dans la lignée des parents indignes de la Mathilda de Roald Dahl. Un soir, au début des vacances de Noël,...