Patrick Carman
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 272pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-90-0
Publication date: January 2012
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Welcome to the strangest hotel in the world!

There’s no place on earth like the Whippet Hotel. Every floor has its surprises and secrets. Guests are either mad or mysterious. And ducks are everywhere.

If anyone knows the Whippet, it’s Leo, the caretaker’s son. But when he finds four strange boxes that lead him to hidden floors he realises something extraordinary is going on.

As the hotel begins to fall apart, Leo's on the ride of his life, without ever having to step outside.

A wonderfully quirky new novel from award-winning American author, Patrick Carman.

Winner of the FBA Lancashire Book Awards 2013

Betty was the head duck, a real troublemaker when she wanted to be, but Leo knew how to keep her calm and happy. Ms. Sparks hated ducks -- Betty in

"With FLOORS, from the word go, I was writing the book I would have read as a kid. I think I’d even go so far as to say it’s an ode to my childhood. It’s the book I would have wanted to read as a 10-year-old.

Part of that is because I loved Charlie & the Chocolate Factory so much. But, as is so often the case with my stories, they usually involve one idea crashing into another.

I also loved weird hotels, which I stayed in as a kid, many of them along the Oregon coast. I remember on more than one occasion pulling into a hotel parking lot with my dad behind the wheel and knowing – just knowing – that inside were hidden passageways, hidden rooms and whole floors of hidden things. And if only I worked at the hotel we were visiting, I’d know about these places, where they kept the really cool stuff."

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