By Michael Dahl
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Pub Date: August 1, 2012
Charlie Hitchcock was scared to death when he saw Ty standing in the alleyway behind the Abracadabra (aka, the Hocus Pocus Hotel). He had received a note from Ty during school hours to meet him at the hotel. Every student that has received a note from Ty has gotten beat up and now its Charlie's turn to face the bully.
To his surprise, Ty doesn't want to fight him, but instead Ty asks Charlie, or as Ty calls him - Hitch, for help. It seems that a magician has gone missing at the hotel, where Ty lives with his parents, whom also works there. The magician has mysteriously disappeared from his locked hotel room.
The missing magician is one of two cases that Ty needs help with. The other involves a ghost that is stealing items from the hotel. Now it’s up to young Charlie Hitchcock to solve the mysteries.
I had received a free reviewers copy from NetGalley and I read through Hocus Pocus Hotel in one sitting. Michael Dahl has a talent of creating suspense on every page as the young sleuth, Charlie Hitchcock, investigates the mysterious that are hidden in the Abracadabra Hotel. All of the disappearances have a logical reason in which are explained by cute illustrations throughout the book. Hocus Pocus Hotel is a great way to introduce kids to the world of magicians and how to use common sense when something doesn't look quite right. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and I recommend it others.