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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
Contributor(s): Del Rio, Tania (Author), Staehle, Will (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1594748039     ISBN-13: 9781594748035
Publisher: Quirk Books
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Published: November 2015
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Annotation: When his evil aunt takes over the management of his family's hotel, 12-year-old Victorian bellhop and orphan Warren, who is convinced a treasure lies hidden somewhere on the grounds, resolves to find the treasure first to preserve his family's legacy, if the hotel's bizarre guests do not beat him to it! Simultaneous eBook.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2015018392
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 730(Not Available)
Series: Warren the 13th
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 7.6" W x 8.6" (1.40 lbs) 224 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181173
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Will Staehle is the creator of Warren the 13th, and is an award-winning designer and illustrator. He grew up reading comics and working summers at his parent’s design firm in Wisconsin. He now spends his days designing book covers, posters, and mini-comics, to ensure that he gets as little sleep as possible. He lives in Seattle. Tania Del Rio is a professional comic book writer and artist who has spent the past 10 years wiring and illustrating, primarily for a young audience. Her clients include Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel; she is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue run of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She lives in Los Angeles.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #2)

Based on a concept created by book designer/illustrator Staehle, this impeccably designed novel pulls from literary and visual sources that include a Victorian-style two-column text layout, intricate engravinglike illustrations in red and black, and an adventure with echoes of classic children's titles like Raskin's The Westing Game and Dahl's The Witches. In fact, witches are just one problem facing 12-year-old Warren—he looks part gremlin, part Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy—who stands to inherit the Warren Hotel where he lives and works. The hotel has fallen on hard times under the stewardship of Warren's uncle Rupert, and Rupert's new bride, Aunt Annaconda, is tearing it apart as she searches for a mysterious artifact known as the All-Seeing Eye. Once word of the treasure gets out, a lack of guests ceases to be an issue, though others quickly arise in its place. Del Rio, a veteran of the comics world, knows how to keep the story moving, supplying twists and double-crosses to keep Warren (and readers) guessing. Stylish, exciting, funny, and just slightly macabre, this entertaining novel bodes well for Warren's future adventures. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 January)

Gr 3–6—Warren the 13th would proudly welcome guests to his ancestral hotel, but his mentally absent Uncle Rupert and avaricious Aunt Annaconda have let the hotel molder. Twelve-year-old Warren cheers the arrival of a lone guest and the revelation that within the hotel lies a legendary treasure, the All-Seeing Eye. As Annaconda is revealed as a witch and Warren teams up with her apprentice, Petula, hordes of people rush the hotel, eager to join in the treasure-seeking. The mysterious bandaged guest, Annaconda's witchy sisters, and the ancient tutor Mr. Friggs each have a part to play in the hunt, with surprises for readers. Warren and his loyal retainers follow clues from an old journal to preserve the Eye from Annaconda's sorcerous plans. A steampunk-hybrid-novel is the best description for this square-shaped tome with Gothic red-and-black illustrations and engravings. Staehle enhances his bizarre characters with varied layouts and the powerful pop of blood red accents. Del Rio uses smart dialogue, vivid imagery, and a two-column layout for a smooth, quick-moving read. Memorable details, like the cook's giant pudding cookies and the backward writing that Warren must decipher, ground the fantastical setting and characters, as do the specific clues that observant readers can follow to solve the mystery on their own. Children who enjoy Brian Selznick's heavily illustrated books will be at home with this offering. VERDICT A whimsical mystery with a lot of heart and spine-tingling illustrations, this novel will circulate as soon as children open it.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

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