May 1, 2017 Booklist 35 #mysterymonth
wardrobe filled with mirrors that provides
a door into a mysterious mirror world.
The Matchstick Castle. By Keir
Graff. 2017. Putnam, $16.99
(9781101996225). Gr. 4–7.
This Willy Wonka–esque romp introduces 11-year-old Brian, doomed to
spend the summer with his uncle. While
there, Brian befriends the eccentric
neighbors and joins the fight to save their
home, the entirely illogical “Matchstick
Castle,” from destruction.
Nooks and Crannies. By Jessica Lawson.
2015. Simon & Schuster, $16.99
(9781481419215). Gr. 3–6.
Tabitha Crum receives an invitation to
the home of a reclusive countess for the
weekend, along with five other children,
in this loving homage to classic mysteries. Confronted with mistaken identities,
a decades-old secret, and hidden passageways, Tabitha uses her powers of
deduction to root out clues.
The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story.
By Mary Downing Hahn. 2004. HMH,
$7.99 (9780618897414). Gr. 4–7.
Lonely Diana watches as the new caretaker and his daughter move into a trailer
near the decaying Willis mansion, and
she’s tempted to befriend the girl. But as
the story tensely unfolds, questions arise
about its characters and just who is haunting its pages.
The Screaming Staircase. By Jonathan
Stroud. 2013. Disney/Hyperion, $16.99
(9781423164913). Gr. 4–7.
In a London plagued by Visitors (ma-
levolent ghosts), three enterprising youths
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.
By Chris Riddell. Illus. by the author.
2016. IPG/Pan Macmillan, $14.99
(9780230759800). Gr. 3–6.
Ada Goth resides at Ghastly-Gorm
Hall, a sprawling gothic mansion with a
broken-down wing, countless corridors,
and a secret garden. A humorous mystery
takes shape as Ada helps a mouse’s ghost
and stumbles upon far more than hidden
Greenglass House. By Kate Milford.
Illus. by Jaime Zollars. 2014. Clarion,
$17.99 (9780544052703). Gr. 5–8.
When five unusual guests arrive at
Greenglass House, the inn where Milo
and his parents live, their belongings start
disappearing. Using his knowledge of the
house, Milo searches for the missing objects and pieces together a larger mystery.
A Hitch at the Fairmont. By Jim
Averbeck. Illus. by Nick Bertozzi. 2014.
Atheneum, $16.99 (9781442494473).
An unclaimed fortune, kidnapping, suicide, poison, secret passageways, disguises,
and duplicity! All this and more feature in
11-year-old Jack Fair’s adventures at the
Fairmont Hotel in 1950s San Francisco,
where he endeavors to rescue his aunt
with the help of director Alfred Hitchcock.
House of Many Ways. By Diana Wynne
Jones. 2008. Greenwillow, $17.99
(9780061477959). Gr. 6–9.
When Charmain’s great-uncle William
falls ill, the bookish teen is sent to look after his magical house. Set in the world of
Howl’s Moving Castle (1986), this comic
fantasy skillfully blends the theme of self-discovery with supernatural surprise.
The House of Months and Years.
By Emma Trevayne. 2017. Simon &
Schuster, $16.99 (9781481462556).
After moving into her cousins’ bizarre
old house—one with wildly fluctuating
temperatures and a door opening onto a
brick wall—Amelia encounters a shadow
of a man, who explains this is a Calendar
House, which can transport her anywhere
A House without Mirrors. By Mårten
Sandén. Illus. by Moa Schulman. Tr. by
Karin Altenberg. 2017. Pushkin, $13.95
(9781782691211). Gr. 5–8.
Thomasine and her father have been
living in their great-great-aunt Henrietta’s
gloomy house for months, waiting for her
to die. Then Thomasine stumbles upon a
form Lockwood & Co., a ghost-hunter/
detective agency. After they bungle a job,
their last hope of saving their company
involves accepting a dicey assignment in
one of England’s most haunted houses.
The Secret of Goldenrod. By Jane
O’Reilly. 2016. Carolrhoda, $17.99
(9781512401356). Gr. 3–6.
Trina Maxwell’s father has been hired to
renovate Goldenrod, an abandoned—and
purportedly haunted—Victorian mansion
and their home for the year. When she
discovers a hidden turret containing an
old porcelain doll, Trina is driven to learn
the tragic history of Goldenrod.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.
By Tania del Rio. Illus. by Will Staehle.
2015. Quirk, $16.95 (9781594748035).
The once-grand Warren Hotel has
gone to seed since the death of Warren
the Thirteenth’s father, but the boy does
his best to keep it running. However, a
hunt for an object hidden on the hotel’s
grounds might spell the establishment’s
end unless Warren can discover it first.
York: The Shadow Cipher. By Laura
Ruby. May 2017. HarperCollins/Walden
Pond, $17.99 (9780062306937).
Tess and Theo’s apartment building has
been purchased by a mercenary developer,
but Tess believes their home can be saved
if they solve the Cipher, a notorious, citywide puzzle leading to fantastic treasure.
This imaginative, alternate New York
teems with compelling secrets and clues
hidden in buildings’ architecture.