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Make storytime a little spookier this fall - help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! There's a ghost in Green Lawn! Strange sounds and even stranger sights are terrifying guests at the Shangri-la Hotel. More and more people are being scared away. Will Green Lawn turn into a ghost town? Or can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose stop this spook? Kids love collecting Make storytime a little spookier this fall - help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! There's a ghost in Green Lawn! Strange sounds and even stranger sights are terrifying guests at the Shangri-la Hotel. More and more people are being scared away. Will Green Lawn turn into a ghost town? Or can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose stop this spook? Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries(R) have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look!


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Make storytime a little spookier this fall - help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! There's a ghost in Green Lawn! Strange sounds and even stranger sights are terrifying guests at the Shangri-la Hotel. More and more people are being scared away. Will Green Lawn turn into a ghost town? Or can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose stop this spook? Kids love collecting Make storytime a little spookier this fall - help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! There's a ghost in Green Lawn! Strange sounds and even stranger sights are terrifying guests at the Shangri-la Hotel. More and more people are being scared away. Will Green Lawn turn into a ghost town? Or can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose stop this spook? Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries(R) have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look!

30 review for The Haunted Hotel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vishnu Chevli

    Read it for my kid. And ratings are give considering age group. A smooth read. Interesting for kids. Recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

    David Donald Duncan aka Dink,Josh,and Ruthrose have read the newspaper and found out the hotel is HAUNTED.They go to the hotel meet Mr. and Mrs. Spivets and they hire them to get rid of the ghost. They stay up till midnight and see the ghost holding a SWORD and they saw the ghost left hair behind.They searched the Jeffersons room and find the fake sword the hair and other props .Then they ask Mr.Linkletter where the couple went.He said Ellies's Diner when they got there Ruthrose borrowed the pen David Donald Duncan aka Dink,Josh,and Ruthrose have read the newspaper and found out the hotel is HAUNTED.They go to the hotel meet Mr. and Mrs. Spivets and they hire them to get rid of the ghost. They stay up till midnight and see the ghost holding a SWORD and they saw the ghost left hair behind.They searched the Jeffersons room and find the fake sword the hair and other props .Then they ask Mr.Linkletter where the couple went.He said Ellies's Diner when they got there Ruthrose borrowed the pen pad from Ellie and gave it back to her told Ellie to give it to the Jeffersons .Then they started talking with the Jeffersons and The Jeffersons admitted that they were a ghost and someone aka Eatch ,Rail,and Roock hired them to scare people away because the were good at rehearsing and lied to the Jeffersons. That there was a movie and Mr.Linkletter and the Spivets knew about the movie that totally was going to be made but actually there was no movie and they tricked The Jeffersons .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aliyah Phipps

    These books were my childhood, I’m so happy to re read my favorite one after all these years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Fun for a kids book. The two bigger kids loved it. I’m going to guess the smallest one did too because he chortled. Also, no one should name their kid Dink. It’s hard to read that name out loud without slip ups.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vipanchika Tharun

    Super scary chilled cool....

  6. 5 out of 5

    10TX

    Previewed for my child. Cute and age appropriate story. A little word play for the observant (Eb and Flo, etc). Not too spooky for the target audience. Some words may be difficult to pronounce for young children. Some parents may object to the kids sneaking out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    May͛a

    This review contains spoilers and possible scary pictures for children under the age of 9 I think I once had a breakdown at school because of this book. So basically, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose read about a haunting at the Shangri-la Hotel in their town and they go investigate just like they do in every other book. Don't know who these kids are? Never read this series? You don't have a childhood. I'm kidding. The thing I like about this series is that it always jumps right into the puzzle/mystery/prob This review contains spoilers and possible scary pictures for children under the age of 9 I think I once had a breakdown at school because of this book. So basically, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose read about a haunting at the Shangri-la Hotel in their town and they go investigate just like they do in every other book. Don't know who these kids are? Never read this series? You don't have a childhood. I'm kidding. The thing I like about this series is that it always jumps right into the puzzle/mystery/problem/whatever you call it and it's no time-waster. Why can't the other mystery books I read these days be like this? P.s. when I was first reading this series all I could think about was what on earth was I doing in school when these kids were running around saving the town. And then I thought 'oh wait, I'm still 7'. BUT I remember being traumatized by the artwork in this book as a child...a decent amount of damage John Steven Gurney did. Last time I saw this book in my box, I remember shuddering and quickly putting it aside to look for whatever I was looking for. I suppose people would've grown out of these things by now, but the pictures still give me heebie jeebies. I guess It's just me. "The ghost wore a long white gown. Its hair was white and stuck up in spikes. And there were just black empty holes where the eyes should have been!" Because of this (silly) description, I paid reaaaaally close attention to things/people in white and immediately assumed they were ghosts. Because I was already scared, I broke into cold sweat just seeing this. How embarrassing. Maybe I should just come clean. Old people creep me out. And this illustration made me think the ghost spotted them cuz who in their right minds would open a door that wide when you are hiding from a supposed paranormal being. I wouldn't pick up a strand of ghost hair and keep it if I were you. And finally, the illustration that effed me up so bad. WHAT THE HELL. What made me so scared I don't know but I still don't get how Ruth Rose didn't even flinch when they opened the wardrobe and this thing popped out. Above every chapter caption comes with this freebie. Scary Stupid silhouettes. Every time I re-read this book I had to peel the next page over like a Band-Aid. All I can say is that I recommend this book to second or third grade readers who um like to read and solve mysteries I guess.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    This book: continuity errors and recycled plots without the decency to be better rewrites like when Orson Scott Card rewrote his original Ender's Game essay into a novel, and again in another novel. Points of issue: - Hotel guy (Mr. Linkletter) seems to have forgotten the entirety of book A, when he was reluctant to consider kidnapping and was either in on the plot or did not care about the children's suspicions. (view spoiler)[Now he immediately brings the children in on it not because he thinks This book: continuity errors and recycled plots without the decency to be better rewrites like when Orson Scott Card rewrote his original Ender's Game essay into a novel, and again in another novel. Points of issue: - Hotel guy (Mr. Linkletter) seems to have forgotten the entirety of book A, when he was reluctant to consider kidnapping and was either in on the plot or did not care about the children's suspicions. (view spoiler)[Now he immediately brings the children in on it not because he thinks they could do something but because his personality has dramatically shifted - from dour to everyone is friendly toward the children as though dour is just a mask not in recognition. (hide spoiler)] - The aunt and uncle (view spoiler)[gave up after only two nights? That close to Halloween it ought to have gotten the hotel booked solid, and two bad nights, even in the busy season, is not enough to close shop - weather can shut down towns for a week. Out of order but it might as well go here - with enough money for that reward, the hotel could have had a few bad weeks an been fine. It is also ironic that the reward neglects a hotel stay. (hide spoiler)] - The ending was . . . overly complicated and unnecessarily dramatic. (view spoiler)[All that was needed was for the guest-actors to tell the Spivitz's (aunt and uncle) and they could have just not signed the contract. They might have been guilted over wasting the time of the firm, but no signature = no sale. If it was about proof, the check the actors got with the firm's signature would have been enough. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Hudson

    This is a cute chapter book that tells the tale of three children who set out to find a mysterious ghost that is haunting their towns hotel. Although this is supposed to be a spooky book for this age group, I thought it might be too mild. Kids do like to be spooked even at a young age. The book is a bit predictable but it is targeted toward 2nd-3rd graders so, that is forgivable. Overall, I think the book is okay and does remove the gore factor which I would not like, but still needs a little mor This is a cute chapter book that tells the tale of three children who set out to find a mysterious ghost that is haunting their towns hotel. Although this is supposed to be a spooky book for this age group, I thought it might be too mild. Kids do like to be spooked even at a young age. The book is a bit predictable but it is targeted toward 2nd-3rd graders so, that is forgivable. Overall, I think the book is okay and does remove the gore factor which I would not like, but still needs a little more boo. This book is part of an alphabet mystery series of stand along books. I would like to read some more from this author. 3 stars. Disclosure: I obtained this book from my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    The Haunted Hotel The Haunted Hotel is of mystery and suspense, about 3 kids and their friend Mr. Linkletter the owner of Shangri-la, to find out the reasons why the guests are being scared away by some mysterious ghost. I myself have read a good number of books like this one but this is the best one I have ever read on mystery. Westernport chapter club member Kathy 11yrs old

  11. 5 out of 5

    Snooka L.

    This book was great! My sister read it to me and when I saw a pickture in the book I was sooo scared. But that was when I was 7 so now I'm not scared. This book is about 3 kids Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose they find out that a hotel is honted! They get right to the case. Even though this book was short I enjoyed it. This book was great! My sister read it to me and when I saw a pickture in the book I was sooo scared. But that was when I was 7 so now I'm not scared. This book is about 3 kids Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose they find out that a hotel is honted! They get right to the case. Even though this book was short I enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Eleanor says: I love the ghost part. It was a fun book and I would love to check out more A to Z books at my school library. The ghost was actually a person, but we won’t say who because we don’t want to spoil it. The kids got to stay in the hotel and their families too. I just love the A-Z mystery books so much, they are so much fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    My niece *and* my nephew both enjoyed this chapter book! Good read--scary without being overly so. The kids in the story are all great characters, and young children can easily relate to them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne Dulzo

    Genre: Mystery Unique Characteristic: Something cool that the author did was use the letters of the bad characters's names to form words to describe them. The bad characters's names were Eatch, Rail, and Roock and when they were caught, the main character said that they should change their names to Cheat, Liar, and Crook. I found that this technique is called an "anasdfagram". Grades: I would use this book in a 3rd grade classroom or at the beginning of the year in a 4th grade classroom just becau Genre: Mystery Unique Characteristic: Something cool that the author did was use the letters of the bad characters's names to form words to describe them. The bad characters's names were Eatch, Rail, and Roock and when they were caught, the main character said that they should change their names to Cheat, Liar, and Crook. I found that this technique is called an "anasdfagram". Grades: I would use this book in a 3rd grade classroom or at the beginning of the year in a 4th grade classroom just because although it was a pretty easy read, I think the idea of a mystery may be tricky for some readers and some of the writing techniques used would go over the inexperienced reader's head.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    My 6-year-old daughter says: It was my favorite one so far. It was very very very very good because I liked the ghost and they figured it out. My 4-year-old son says: I didn't like the ghost. I liked the character Dink. In all the haunted hotel I liked Dink. There's just one girl and two boys. I don't know why. Mom says: This one has some pretty scary parts. But like earlier "haunted" A-Z Mysteries, there's a perfectly reasonable, non-supernatural explanation. These are fun family read alouds. My 6-year-old daughter says: It was my favorite one so far. It was very very very very good because I liked the ghost and they figured it out. My 4-year-old son says: I didn't like the ghost. I liked the character Dink. In all the haunted hotel I liked Dink. There's just one girl and two boys. I don't know why. Mom says: This one has some pretty scary parts. But like earlier "haunted" A-Z Mysteries, there's a perfectly reasonable, non-supernatural explanation. These are fun family read alouds.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose hear about the Shangra-la, the local hotel, being haunted. They visit the hotel to get news and are asked by the owners to investigate the mysterious ghost encounters. They are offered to stay at the hotel with their families while they investigate. They encounter the ghost at midnight, which scares them but something is fishy. So, they do some investigating the next day and they get a break, a clue to who the ghost is. My son really loves these books. My hubby and I enj Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose hear about the Shangra-la, the local hotel, being haunted. They visit the hotel to get news and are asked by the owners to investigate the mysterious ghost encounters. They are offered to stay at the hotel with their families while they investigate. They encounter the ghost at midnight, which scares them but something is fishy. So, they do some investigating the next day and they get a break, a clue to who the ghost is. My son really loves these books. My hubby and I enjoyed reading then with him.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Stewart

    I read this book a year ago..... I thought it was cool. The hotel is being haunted by someone and Dink, which is his nickname, Josh, and Rose are trying to figure out who is causing the hotel to be haunted and who is scaring all the visitors away............. if you want to find out, read it !!!!! Scarlett Stewart

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Read these books when I was a kid and greatly enjoyed them, figured I'd give them a second read for kicks. I certainly recommend any young mysteries fan devote time to this series, it's certainly a grand adventure for a young mind, the imagery of Ron Roy's words and his settings and unique character descriptions and personalities really help kids imagine a whole movie in their heads as they read each exciting page. Read these books when I was a kid and greatly enjoyed them, figured I'd give them a second read for kicks. I certainly recommend any young mysteries fan devote time to this series, it's certainly a grand adventure for a young mind, the imagery of Ron Roy's words and his settings and unique character descriptions and personalities really help kids imagine a whole movie in their heads as they read each exciting page.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Truc

    I remember this series from my childhood! LOVED it! I read it all the time in elementary school. But now that I'm reading it as an adult, it's not as exciting hahaha. For a kid to read it; it's great. Cool artwork and good storyline. But as an adult; I'm so used to reading James Patterson books with murders & dark stuff, this just didn't hit the spot for me lol. Although, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for kids. I remember this series from my childhood! LOVED it! I read it all the time in elementary school. But now that I'm reading it as an adult, it's not as exciting hahaha. For a kid to read it; it's great. Cool artwork and good storyline. But as an adult; I'm so used to reading James Patterson books with murders & dark stuff, this just didn't hit the spot for me lol. Although, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for kids.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Wood

    This book is just a fun age appropriate kids chapter book read that conjures up all the fun of a scooby doo mystery but without characters who’s personality’s shine nearly as much. The ending was a tad strange with a reward to the kids of tickets to Disney , it just seemed a little out of place and almost like product placement. But overall a good lil bit of not to spooky for little ones fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lianne

    This was a little *too* simple and silly for my taste, but the kiddo sure enjoyed it. I'm sure I would have given it more stars if I were ten years old too. I'm just glad it was so short, and now we can move on to something a little more stimulating for the entire family. This was a little *too* simple and silly for my taste, but the kiddo sure enjoyed it. I'm sure I would have given it more stars if I were ten years old too. I'm just glad it was so short, and now we can move on to something a little more stimulating for the entire family.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Poopooguyguy

    I think this book is good because of I like hunted hotel. And this book is talking about the Hunted Hotel so I think that is like very excited that how can they get the ghost from the hunted hotel. And help the boss get the customers back to earn the money back from all the customers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hill

    The trio of friends are back to solve the mystery of the ghost in the hotel. Join these three friends as they try to figure out who is haunting the hotel and why... Great book! I loved it! I can't wait to read this to my boys. The trio of friends are back to solve the mystery of the ghost in the hotel. Join these three friends as they try to figure out who is haunting the hotel and why... Great book! I loved it! I can't wait to read this to my boys.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I rated this book:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️because (but most of the books I’ve read have #1.)1.Josh (like me) is always hungry.2.Dink and Ruth Rose are(like me)very smart.3.They are always on the right track!!!But in this book Dink,Josh and Ruth Rose have to solve a very haunted mystery!!!!!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I read this with one of my student and my overall thoughts are that I would love to solve a ghost problem if it got my free plane tickets and passes to Disney world omg good deal for these 3 super sleuth children

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Someone or something is haunting the Shangri-La hotel, and scaring all the guests away. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose take on the role as ghost busters, when they are asked by Mr. Linkletter's aunt and uncle, to help find the ghost and clear up this mystery. Someone or something is haunting the Shangri-La hotel, and scaring all the guests away. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose take on the role as ghost busters, when they are asked by Mr. Linkletter's aunt and uncle, to help find the ghost and clear up this mystery.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tottzilla

    I think this book is amazing. Like all the a to z mystery books, this is mysterious and amusing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Fun mystery. I love that the kids solve the mysteries because the adults encourage them to try and because they are concerned about their community and friends.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kearney

    The greatest ! Make sure that the hotel in Green lawn is not haunted! Or else real Allstate people Will blow it! Get the TNTS, people!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    Good mystery to read around Halloween time. In this mystery the kids work to find out what is scaring the hotel guests away?

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